Tourist arrivals 15% rise in May sets new record, Cystat says


By Stelios Orphanides

The number of tourist arrivals rose last month 15 per cent to 418,732 compared with the respective month of 2016, which is an all-time high for the month of May, the statistical service said.

In January to May, the total number of tourist arrivals rose an annual 18 per cent to 990,756, which is also an all-time record for this period of the year, Cystat said in statement on its website on Monday.

Arrivals from the UK, which is traditionally the main source of incoming tourism for Cyprus, rose 20 per cent in May compared with the respective month of 2016, while those from Russia, which recently developed into second major market, rose 0.3 per cent to 108,063, Cystat said. Arrivals from Germany, Israel and Sweden rose 55 per cent, 93 per cent and 26 per cent to 21,076, 20,712 and 20m379 respectively, while those from Greece dropped 6.4 per cent to 14,682.

In a separate statement, Cystat said that the number of Cyprus residents who travelled abroad dropped marginally in May compared to a year before to 102,068.


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  • Terryw45

    Hobson’s choice ?

    • Yaz

      I do think so…..

  • CM reader

    I am surprised that the usual comments about “Cypriots reaping tourists off” or cyprus is lucky etc are absent!!

    • alexander reutersward

      Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia is losing tourism and all other areas increase due to demand of safer holiday destinations. once these areas are safe, all others will lose tourism.

  • Philippos

    That’s a very old photograph! Anyway how much did these tourists spend? In some of the months covered almost everything is closed, so if they spent anything at all, where and how did they spend it? This is the kind of information that we need for analysis. all this article says right now is that fear of terrorism elsewhere drove more tourists to our shores. If it comes in in big lumps, it usually goes away in big lumps too. A business relying on two very big customers for around 60% or more of its business is a dumb and weak business and with our “Peak” months becoming tooo hot and dry to be fun, our environment becoming “Brown” and our coasts stripped of all natural living things, we have still got a huge hill to climb.So it will be soon 6 Million Tourists – My Aunty Fanny

    • alexander reutersward

      Agree, all inclusive don’t benefit anyone, not the hotels, not the local shops and restaurants..