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Tourist Arrivals Increase by 4% in February

Tourist Arrivals Increase by 4% in February

On the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey, arrivals of tourists reached 105,571 in February 2019 compared to 101,481 in February 2018, recording an increase of 4.0%. February 2019 had the highest volume of tourist arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the specific month.

For the period of January – February 2019 arrivals of tourists totaled 187,541 compared to 177,348 in the corresponding period of 2018, recording an increase of 5.7% and outnumbering the total arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the first two months of the year.

Tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom increased by 3.9% in February 2019 compared to February 2018 while tourist arrivals from Greece remained at the same level as last year. Contrary to that, a decrease of 22.7% in tourist arrivals from Russia, 13.4% decrease from Israel and 10.5% decrease from Germany were recorded.

The United Kingdom constitutes the main source of tourism for Cyprus for February 2019, with a proportion of 35.1% while arrivals from Greece comprise 11.4% of total arrivals, from Russia 8.8% and from Israel 7.5%.

For a percentage of 59.0% of tourists, the purpose of their trip in February 2019 was holidays, for 22.0% visit to friends and relatives and for 18.6% business.

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