The number of tourist arrivals rose 17 per cent year-on-year in September, to 421,201, mainly on a surge in Russian visitors as other main markets showed signs of fatigue, the statistical service said.
In January to September, the total number of visitors arriving in Cyprus rose 19 per cent, to 2,617,218, which almost matches the number of tourists in the entire year of 2015, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Thursday.
Arrivals from the UK, traditionally Cyprus’s largest source of incoming tourism, rose an annual 3 per cent in September to 149,586, Cystat said. Those from Russia, which developed over the past years to second major source of incoming tourism for Cyprus, rose 52 per cent to, 114,445. Arrivals from Greece and Israel rose 25 per cent and 21 per cent, to 14,960 and 17,776, respectively while those from Germany which until recently was Cyprus’s third largest tourist market rose 1.4 per cent, to 13,014.
Tourism accounts roughly for about one-quarter of Cyprus’s economy, directly or indirectly. Demand for holiday packages in Cyprus increased in recent years after geopolitical developments discouraged tourists from vacationing in competing destinations.