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Cyprus lost 84,12 Percent of Visitor Numbers During the Pandemic According to Next Vacay

COVID-19 has had a devastating impact in countries around the world on the tourism industry, local economies, and jobs. Tourist destinations across the globe were forced to close up shop as travel bans and lockdowns left visitor numbers plummeting. 

Next Vacay has created a powerful video working with suffering locals from many beach and tourist destinations following the journey of the hardest-hit holiday spots across the world, capturing their desperate calls for help via SOS signs carved into their coastlines.  

Cyprus came in a close second on Next Vacay’s list, with the average search for 'holidays in Cyprus' decreasing by 45 percent over 12 months. Known for the birthplace of Aphrodite, halloumi, and beautiful beaches, visitor numbers were slashed by 84,12 percent from 2019 to 2020. This led to a visitor shortfall of 278,764 people in 2020.

In first place on Next Vacay’s list, Pre-pandemic, the stunning region of Macau along China’s south coast was thriving off the 3,28 million tourists it received each month, looking to explore its vibrant nightlife and culture. But with 72 percent of the community's income generated through tourism, the locals suffered a hit to their finances when COVID-19 halted international travel. Monthly visitor numbers dropped to 491,419 on average making it the worst-hit location. 

The 10 destinations with the biggest drop in visitors

No.

Country

No. of Monthly Visitors in 2019

No. of Monthly Visitors in 2020

Drop in Visitors

% Drop in Yearly Visitors (2019/2020)

1

Macau

3,283,848

491,419

2,792,429

-85.04%

2

Cyprus

331,398

52,634

278,764

-84.12%

3

Malaysia

2,175,065

361,060

1,814,005

-83.40%

4

Thailand

3,313,895

558,415

2,755,480

-83.15%

5

Philippines

688,409

123,545

564,865

-82.05%

6

Mauritius

115,291

25,748

89,542

-77.67%

7

Portugal

4,087,653

1,033,647

3,054,006

-74.71%

8

New Zealand

324,039

83,029

241,010

-74.38%

9

Sri Lanka

159,475

42,309

117,167

-73.47%

10

Greece

1,791,359

492,477

1,298,883

-72.51%