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By Stelios Orphanides
Revenue from tourism rose almost 38 per cent in April, to €189.6m, compared to the respective month of 2016, against a 27 per cent increase in arrivals, the statistical service said.
In January to April, revenue from tourism rose 25 per cent, to €357.7m, compared to the respective period of 2016, against a 20 per cent increase in arrivals, Cystat said in a statement on its website.
Τhe increase in revenue in April was mainly on an annual 4.6 per cent rise in average spending per person per day, to €75.23, boosted by an extension of average stay by 0.3 days, to 8.8, Cystat said.
Visitors from the UK, traditionally the largest group of incoming tourists, shortened their average length of stay in April by 0.2 days, to 9.7 days, which was offset by a 5.4 per cent annual increase in spending to €74.81, Cystat said.
Russians extended their average stay in April by one day, to 9.1 days, and spent €85.94 every day, 6.5 per cent more, compared to April last year.