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Cyprus Increase in Tourist Arrivals in December 2018

On the basis of the results of the Cyprus Passengers Survey, arrivals of tourists reached 106,563 in December 2018 compared to 98,924 in December 2017, recording an increase of 7,7 percent.

December 2018 had the highest volume of tourist arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the specific month.

For the period of January – December 2018 arrivals of tourists totalled 3,938,625 compared to 3,652,073 in the corresponding period of 2017, recording an increase of 7,8 percent and outnumbering the total arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during a year.

Tourist arrivals from the UK increased by 13,6 percent in December 2018 compared to December 2017 while an increase of 13,5 percent was also recorded for tourists from Greece. Contrary to that, a decrease of 18,8 percent in tourist arrivals from Russia and 7,2 percent from Israel were recorded.

The UK constitutes the main source of tourism for Cyprus for December 2018, with a proportion of 30,1 percent while arrivals from Greece comprise 14,8 percent of total arrivals, from Russia 9,4 percent and from Israel 8,7 percent.

For a percentage of 51,1 percent of tourists, the purpose of their trip in December 2018 was holidays, for 36,9 percent visit to friends and relatives and for 11,9 percent business.