Around a third of tourist nights spent in Cyprus, and the EU, in 2022 were recorded in July and August, data released by Eurostat on Wednesday showed.

On an EU wide basis, 18 per cent of overnights in 2022 were recorded in August and 16 per cent in July.

The months will the lowest number were January with three per cent and February with four per cent.

In Cyprus, the months with the most overnight stays were also, with a small difference between them, August (2,563,918 nights) and July (2,563,425 nights). The lowest numbers were recorded in February (194,152) and January (199,220).

In terms of stays in tourist accommodation, in Cyprus, the highest number was recorded in July (481,000) and August (450,000).

The peak in nights spent is more pronounced than the peak in arrivals, suggesting that tourists tend to stay longer during these busier months, likely corresponding with their main holiday period. This trend heightens the demand for accommodations during the summer season,” Eurostat said.

The data showed that July and August were the peak months for overnight stays in all EU countries in 2022.

This trend was most pronounced in Croatia (59 per cent of overnight stays), Bulgaria (48 per cent) and Greece (43 per cent), and least pronounced in Malta and Finland (both 25 per cent) and Germany (26 per cent).

“Seasonality has always had a substantial impact on tourism, evident in the patterns of arrivals and nights spent at EU tourist accommodation establishments. During peak vacation times, tourist areas may face overcrowding and resource strain. Conversely, quieter periods can lead to underused facilities and job instability due to fluctuating demand,” Eurostat concluded.