According to Cystat, last month tourist arrivals rose last month by 14%, to 523,651, compared with the respective month last year. The statistical service pointed out that this was the highest ever in the month of August- mainly on an increase in visitors from secondary markets.
Arrivals from the UK, traditionally Cyprus’ main source of incoming tourism, rose in August an annual 7.9%, to 185,831. Arrivals from Israel almost doubled in comparison to last year, to 52,944, while those from Greece and Germany rose by 19% and% respectively to 12,420 and 20,317. The number of Polish tourists rose by more than doubled, to 8,537, while those from Lebanon, Sweden and Norway rose 14,381, 18,303 and 7,205 respectively.
In January to August, arrivals rose by 15%, to 2,517,887, which is the highest ever in that period, exceeding the number of arrivals in the entire year of 2014. It should be noted that this was mainly due to an increase in increased arrivals from other markets. In fact, the number of British and Russian tourists rose a mere 8.6% and 4.7% respectively.
Directly or indirectly, tourism accounts for roughly a quarter of Cyprus’s economy, and it forecast to expand 3.6% this year.