Tourist Arrivals Increase By 147 in May 2017
On the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey, arrivals of tourists reached 418,732 in May 2017 compared to 364,943 in May 2016, recording an increase of 14.7%. According to the Statistical Service of Cyprus, May 2017 had the highest volume of tourist arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the specific month.
For the period of January – May 2017 arrivals of tourists totaled 990,756 compared to 842,126 in the corresponding period of 2016, recording an increase of 17.6% and outnumbering the total arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the first five months of the year.
Tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom increased by 19.5% in May 2017 compared to May 2016 while an increase of 0.3% was recorded for tourists from Russia. Increases were also recorded from other important tourist markets, such as Germany (54.9%) and Israel (92.9%). Contrary to that, a decrease of 6.4% in tourist arrivals from Greece was recorded.
The United Kingdom and Russia constitute the main sources of tourism for Cyprus for May 2017, with proportions of 37.0% and 25.8% respectively, while arrivals from Germany comprise 5.0% and from Israel 4.9% of total arrivals.
Characteristics of tourists
For a percentage of 84.5% of tourists, the purpose of their trip in May 2017 was holidays, for 8.7% visit to friends and relatives and for 6.6% business.
Men comprise 45.1% of tourists and women 54.9%, whilst most of the tourists belonged to the age group of 20-44 years.
Source : Gold News