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.