By Stelios Orphanides
Last month was the best October ever in terms of tourist arrivals which rose 14 per cent compared to the same month of 2016 to 406,870, the statistical service said.
In January to October, the number of incoming visitors rose 15 per cent compared to the same period last year to 3,408,473. This exceeds total arrivals for the whole of 2016 by 221,942, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Friday.
Arrivals from the UK, traditionally Cyprus’s main source of incoming tourism, rose 0.5 per cent to 134,575 last month compared to October 2016, while those from Russia, the second largest market, rose 7.1 per cent to 87,325, Cystat said. The number of tourists from Germany, Israel and Sweden rose 73 per cent to 31,392, 55 per cent to 24,599 and 35.8 per cent to 19,049 respectively. Arrivals from Greece rose 10 per cent to 16,790.
In a separate statement, Cystat said that the number of Cypriots who travelled abroad last month rose an annual 7.5 per cent to 118,370.