August arrivals rise 14%, hit new record, Cystat says


By Stelios Orphanides

Tourist arrivals rose last month 14 per cent to 523,651 compared with the respective month last year, the highest ever in the month of August- mainly on an increase in visitors from secondary markets, the statistical service said.

Arrivals from the UK, traditionally Cyprus’ main source of incoming tourism, rose in August an annual 7.9 per cent to 185,831 more than offsetting a 2.5 per cent drop in arrivals from Russia which fell to 119,829, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Monday.

Arrivals from Israel almost doubled in August to 52,944 compared with a year before, while those from Greece and Germany rose 19 per cent and 55 per cent to 12,420 and 20,317 respectively, Cystat said. The number of Polish tourists more than doubled to 8,537, while those from Lebanon, Sweden and Norway rose 14,381, 18,303 and 7,205 respectively.

In January to August, rose 15 per cent to 2,517,887 which is the highest ever in that period and exceed the number of arrivals in the entire 2014, Cystat said. This was mainly on increased arrivals from other markets as the number of British and Russian tourists rose a mere 8.6 and 4.7 per cent.

Directly or indirectly, tourism accounts for roughly a quarter of Cyprus’s economy, forecast to expand this year 3.6 per cent.


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  • Bunny

    Sounds great, but…
    …will UK tourists be able to afford to come next year?

    • kimberworth

      Maybe not for a winter holiday for a start,the Post Office foreign exchange are converting the £ for holidaymakers traveling to Thailand,Vietnam,Indonesia and Malaysia by a big markup as the holidays are a lot cheaper also Tunisia is now back for holidays from the UK

      • Peter G

        And good luck with them all!

    • Peter G

      Who knows. Brexit is going to pull the British populace into a downward spiral of income loss. Maybe they won’t be able to afford a foreign holiday, or a holiday at all.

  • Terryw45

    And that does not include these,
    The Cyprus government has raised more than £3.5 billion (€4 billion) since 2013 – when the scheme was introduced – by handing out citizenship to the extremely wealthy in exchange for cash investments.
    It’s about buying EU passports (Daily Exp today)

    • gentlegiant161

      Taken originally from yesterday’s Guardian..
      For the first time a leaked list of who Cyprus has allowed a ‘Golden Visa’ to has been disclosed ..EU is investigating.

      • Peter G

        Not EU, at all just some Portuguese communist woman making noise. She makes the same noise at home and she is ignored.

        • gentlegiant161

          I quote from the original article .
          “The European Commission recently ordered its own inquiry into whether checks were being properly conducted.”
          Maybe you didn’t read the article or simply hate the Portuguese MEP.

    • Peter G

      So? Do you have a point?

  • AnalogMind

    I told you so.