Cyprus Mail

Outbound tourism up 5 per cent this year

Outbound tourism chalked up a five per cent rise this year, with the island’s residents mainly headed to Greece, and several other European countries.

According to the travel agents association, ACTA, the vast majority of islanders travel to Greece, Britain, Italy, and Austria.

“There are many charter flights to areas like Athens, Thessaloniki, and Crete,” ACTA chairman Dinos Kakkouras told the Cyprus News Agency. “There are also many charter and new scheduled flights to other areas of Greece like Rhodes, Skiathos, Mykonos, Santorini, Preveza, Kavala, Corfu, Zakynthos, and others.”

The trend started a few months ago and it shows an increase in outbound tourism of around five per cent, he said.

Kakkouras said there was also a substantial increase in inbound tourism with all hotels filled to capacity.

This was expected to continue in the next weeks with tourism officials hoping that it would continue through the winter.

Britain continues to be the island’s main market, followed by Russia, Israel, Germany, and the Scandinavian countries.

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