Cyprus Mail

July tourist arrivals up 10% first time exceeding 500k mark in a month

The number of tourist arrivals exceeded for the very first time the half-a-million mark when they rose in July 10 per cent to 531,030 compared to the respective month last year, the statistical service said.

The increase in arrivals last month was mainly on a 6 per cent annual increase in arrivals of tourists from the UK, traditionally Cyprus’s largest source of incoming tourism to 176,880 offsetting a 3.6 per cent drop to 129,119 in arrivals from Russia, Cyprus’s second largest market, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Thursday.

Arrivals from Israel rose in July an annual 83 per cent last month to 42,505 almost matching the number of Israeli tourists visiting Cyprus in the entire 2015, Cystat said. Arrivals from Sweden rose 17 per cent to 22,621 and those from Greece and Germany rose 2.6 per cent and 70 per cent to 15,513 and 19,759 respectively.

In the first seven months of the year, the number of tourist arrivals rose 15 per cent to 1,994,236, Cystat said. The figure is also an all-time high for January to July.

Tourism accounts directly or indirectly roughly a quarter of Cyprus’s economy which is forecast to expand 2.9 per cent in 2017.

In a separate statement, Cystat said that the number of Cyprus residents who travelled abroad last month rose 13 per cent to 149,716 compared with the respective month of 2016.

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