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Tourist Arrivals Decrease in June and In The First Six Months Of The Year

Tourist Arrivals Decrease in June and In The First Six Months Of The Year

Arrivals of tourists fell to 509.662 in June 2019 compared with 511.073 in the same month of 2018, recording a decrease of 0.3%, according to the Passengers Survey published on Wednesday by the Statistical Service.

Between January – June 2019 arrivals of tourists dropped to 1.631.023 from 1.645.149 in the corresponding period of 2018, a decrease of 0.9%, said Cystat.

The Survey showed that tourist arrivals from Russia decreased by 5.1% in June 2019 compared with June 2018, whereas tourists from Sweden decreased by 12.5%.

Tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom remained at the same level as last year, recording a marginal increase of 0,1%. Arrivals from Israel saw a big increase of 39.7%.

The United Kingdom constitutes the main source of tourism for Cyprus for June 2019, accounting for 32.5% of total arrivals, followed by Russia with 23.0%, Israel with 6.5% and Sweden with 4.4%.

The Survey showed that 86.4% of tourists visited Cyprus in June for holidays, 9.2% to visit friends and relatives and 4.4% were on a business trip.

Residents of Cyprus’ trips abroad increase by 19.5%

According to the Passengers Survey, 137.992 residents of Cyprus returned from a trip abroad in June 2019 compared with 115.450 in the corresponding month last year, an increase of 19.5%.

Cystat said that in June 2019 saw an increase of 5.6% in the trips of residents to Greece (43.190 in June 2019 compared with 40.911 in June 2018) and a 26.4% increase to the United Kingdom (25.150 compared with 19.905 last year).

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