The number of tourist arrivals rose 17 per cent last month to 458,645 compared to the respective month of 2015, which was an all-time high for an August, the statistical service said.
“In January to August 2016, tourist arrivals rose to 2,196,017 which is 19 per cent more compared to the respective period of 2015, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Monday. July was also a record month.
The rise in tourist arrivals in August resulted from a 37 per cent annual increase in visitors from Russia, Cyprus’s second major market, to 122,843 and a 9.9 per cent increase from the UK to 172,236, which is the largest source of incoming tourism, Cystat said. Arrivals from Israel and Greece rose 61 per cent and 17 per cent to 27,048 and 10,453 respectively, while the number of German tourists fell in August 6.1 per cent to 13,144.
Tourism makes up directly or indirectly roughly a quarter of Cyprus’s economy which is expected to expand 2.7 per cent in 2016 compared to 1.6 per cent last year.
In a separate statement, Cystat said the number of Cyprus residents who travelled abroad in August rose 7.3 per cent to 161,135 compared to August 2015.