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Historic number of tourist arrivals in 2018 with 3.93m visitors

A historic high of just under four million tourists visited Cyprus in 2018, which was a 7.8 per cent increase compared with 2017, date from the statistical service (Cystat) showed on Thursday.

Between January and December 2018, a total of 3,938,625 tourists chose Cyprus as their destination, compared to the 3,652,073 tourists who visited in the corresponding period in 2017.

The 2018 figures for tourist arrivals were the highest ever recorded in a period of one year, Cystat said.

The figures for December 2018 were also record-breaking for the month. A total of 106,563 tourists arrived in Cyprus in December 2018, marking a 7.8 per cent increase compared with the corresponding period of the year before which saw a total of 98,924.

Tourist arrivals from Britain increased in December 2018 by 13.6 per cent and from Greece by 13.5 per cent compared with the corresponding month in 2017.

An 18.8 per cent decrease was recorded for tourist arrivals from Russia, while arrivals from Israel fell by 7.2 per cent.

Overall, Cystat notes that Britain (30.1 per cent) constituted the main source of tourism for Cyprus for December 2018, followed by Greece (14.8 per cent), Russia (9.4 per cent) and Israel (8.7 per cent).

Some 51.1 per cent of arrivals in December 2018 came to Cyprus for holidays, while 36.9 per cent travelled to visit friends or family, and 11.9 per cent travelled for professional reasons.

Meanwhile, Cystat noted that there was also a 10.2 per cent increase in the number of Cyprus residents who travelled abroad in December 2018, when 11,300 more trips abroad were recorded compared to December 2017.

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