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Tourist arrivals in July reached almost 300,000

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The arrivals of tourists reached 297,308 in July 2021, recording an increase of 358 per cent compared with July 2020, during which 64,914 arrivals were recorded.

However, this July marked a decrease of 46 per cent compared with July 2019 when there were 550,971 arrivals.

For the period of January – July 2021, arrivals of tourists totalled 638,292 compared with 320,589 in the corresponding period of 2020, an increase of 99.1 per cent, and a decrease of 70.7 per cent compared with January – July 2019 when there were 2.18 million arrivals.

Arrivals from Russia were the main source of tourism for July 2021, with a share of 28.2 per cent or 83,926 of total visitors followed by the UK with 9.8 per cent or 29,149 arrivals, Poland with 7.6 per cent or 22,460, Israel with 5.4 per cent or  16,171, Ukraine with 5 per cent or 14,731 and Greece with 4.7 per cent or 13,957.

For 85 per cent, the purpose of their trip in July 2021 was a holiday, for 11.3 per cent it was to visit to friends and relatives and 3.7 per cent came for business reasons.

In July 2020, 70.6 per cent of tourists visited Cyprus for holidays, 20.1 per cent to see friends or relatives and 9.3 per cent on business.

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