Tourist arrivals up 27% in April, Cystat says


By Stelios Orphanides

Tourist arrivals rose an annual 27 per cent in April, to 286,331, an all-time record for the month, with almost all major markets performing strongly, the statistical service said.

Total arrivals from the UK, traditionally Cyprus’s largest source of incoming tourism, rose 16 per cent, to 106,291, compared to the respective month of 2016. Those from Russia, the second largest market, rose 22 per cent, to 47,001, Cystat said in statement on its website on Wednesday.

Arrivals from Germany rose an annual 157 per cent, to 23,903, and Israel, 77 per cent to 21,572, Cystat said. The number of Greek tourists dropped 2.5 per cent, to 16,266.

The largest increase in arrivals came from Austria whose number tripled reaching 5,331.

In January to April, the number of arrivals rose 20 per cent, to 572,024, Cystat said.


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  • Mist

    And this is after the removal of Mrs. Demetriadou, numbers go up.

  • Veritas

    Did our authorities, incl. CTO ever looked at alternative, plausible visions of futures that are socially and ecologically desirable, just, and sustainable (elements of a good Anthorpocene).
    If we’re only looking at increasing numbers, without considering all the negative effects this will bring to Cyprus, we’re soon paying a very high price that will be irreversible.
    Once more greed is the leading star and as with everything else, we never learn from our mistakes.

    • SuzieQ

      Can the water supply keep up with demand, I wonder?

      • Veritas

        There is a limit what Mother Earth can supply and sustain.

      • todi

        Can we keep up with the constant increase of prices intended to rip off the tourists?

        • SuzieQ

          Probably not!

    • Philippos

      Completely correct. Add your view to the Bulldozer Mayor of Paralimni and there will be nothing left. no trees, no plants, no water and best of all, no money to be greedy about

  • Pullaard

    Kyrenia’s full.