April tourism revenue down 4.3% as Britons, Russians cut spending

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By Stelios Orphanides

Revenue from tourism fell in April 4.3 per cent to €181.4m compared to the respective month of 2017 against a 9.7 per cent increase in arrivals, the statistical service said.

In the first four months of the year, revenue from tourism, one of the main drivers of economic recovery following the 2013 crisis, rose an annual 6.9 per cent to €382.5m, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Wednesday. In January to April, tourist arrivals rose 20 per cent.

The decline in revenue from tourism in April was mainly on an annual 13 per cent reduction of visitors’ holiday budgets to €577.39 resulting from a shortening of their average stay by 0.7 days to 8.1 days and a 5.3 per cent reduction in average spending per day to €71.28, Cystat said.

Tourists from the UK, whose economy plunged into uncertainty two years ago when voters decided to leave the European Union, reduced their holiday budgets 10 per cent to €651.53 compared to the respective month of 2017, Cystat said. Tourists from Russia, Cyprus’s second largest source of incoming tourism after the UK, reduced their holiday budgets twice as much to €625.09.

German tourists spend in April €686.10 during their stay which is 7.6 per cent less compared to April last year, according to Cystat. In the case of visitors from Israel and Greece, the drop was 16 per cent and 5.1 per cent to €546.61 and €286.72 respectively.

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Stelios Orphanides is a journalist at CyprusBusinessMail.com. To contact Stelios Orphanides: [email protected]

  • Evergreen

    It was foreseen. Last year tourism professionals here had ample time to demonstrate their warmth and quality in service so that tourists could think to come back or to recommend their other friends.

  • Terryw45

    CM buck up, try to do better, I appreciate you are distraught at England’s demise, but it is only €20,000,000,000 !

  • almostbroke

    It would appear the mantra ‘maximum profit for minimum input ‘ still prevails . Failing to see the ‘big picture ‘ that Tourism is cyclical and must constantly be ‘worked at ‘ to keep the ‘product ‘ fresh so that tourists will return again and again ! Not happening at present !!!

    • Vladimir

      Cyprus is a sh*thole with greedy Cypriots ready to charge for EVERYTHING…
      Even Wi-Fi (Internet) at the hotels is subject to additional charge.
      In this light, Turkish Cyprus is a way better cause it is almost everywhere there “all inclusive”…
      Last time, we didn’t pay at Ocean Basket in Ayia Napa, and the manager threatened us that he will call the police, we said that police don’t handle things under EUR100. And manager started shouting that we are not welcome to Ocean Basket anymore, hahahaha
      I would suggest everyone behave like us all over Cyprus to educate Cypriots… LOLLL

    • Mario

      I have recently spent a few days at a Limassol Hotel, nightmare and will not visit again. I pretty much agree with everything you say above and sadly this is also reflected in the sub-standard class of tourists which visit the island. At one end, we have the gangsters living it up at the 4 Seasons and similar and pricing everyone else out of the market due to the ridiculously high prices charged by these hotels – ‘make hay whilst the sun shines’ (NB: cash does not equal class) and at the other – the lumpen proletariat who arrive at supposedly 4 star hotels (which are anything but) landing like locusts and demolishing anything and everything edible in their path. The other day, I went down to the buffet breakfast and tourists’ tables were laid like a scene from The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and her Lover – ok, understandable – but the wastage is remarkable and that’s not to mention the amount of pilfering that goes on. Piles and piles of food on plates which is then swiped. For the first time I saw two women bring out their tupperware and fill them up with dates, eggs, prunes, pancakes and even a bowl full of chocolate spread. I found it really unnerving and upsetting not being to look around without seeing people nicking food. This is akin to going to the supermarket, filling up your trolley, paying for one and then swiping another 3 for good measure. No-one says a thing because it may upset the tourists but is this the tourism we want to attract? It’s a circular argument. The country needs a serious upgrade which should hopefully impact on the quality of tourism.

  • Green Turtles

    The dust has also been a factor. Many people I know, gave Cyprus a miss for the past few months because of it and then the cost for quality ratio. Everything looks like it is falling apart. Roads desperately need work, people drive like maniacs, the parks are a mess, there are no shady places for people to sit, unless it is in a cafe or restaurant, with the exception of Limassol front, Larnaca is one paved strip, so unless you do the above or rent umbrella and chairs on the actual beach, there are no other options as a tourist, not everybody wants to sit on the beach all day, or tourists buy umbrellas and then just discard them at the end of their stay, adding to waste on the Island. The only plus, is that I can see more litter is being picked up, could do with ashtrays, as all bins have plastic bags, so no place to quickly and safely dispose of cigarette butts, which is a major factor in littering as well, no excuse, but it just is.

  • A is B

    It was expected, some nice hotels but thats it. Cyprus is generally dirty, noisy, dangerous roads, cants walk down the pavement, no really good restaurants, nothing to do, very little entertainment, bad service, appalling taxis, even the coach from Larnaca to Pafos, although its good the driver is rude lazy and unhelpful and Cyprus is to expensive. Friends of mine dont bother to come here any more because of those reasons.

    • Vladimir

      Cyprus is a sh*thole with greedy Cypriots ready to charge for EVERYTHING…
      Even Wi-Fi (Internet) at the hotels is subject to additional charge.
      In this light, Turkish Cyprus is a way better cause it is almost everywhere there “all inclusive”…
      Last time, we didn’t pay at Ocean Basket in Ayia Napa, and the manager threatened us that he will call the police, we said that police don’t handle things under EUR100. And manager started shouting that we are not welcome to Ocean Basket anymore, hahahaha
      I would suggest everyone behave like us all over Cyprus to educate Cypriots… LOL

      • Green Turtles

        You used a service, ordered goods, consumed goods and didn’t want to pay? I relly do hope you were joking. We go to Ocean Basket often and really never once, have we had reason to complain, been in Larnaca to both and in Ayia Napa (granted it is very busy in A/N), service was good, waiting staff very friendly and the food (oil) clean and their dishes are ALWAYS, the same quality and quantity, across branches. Cannot for the life of me think why you would not pay! I did however once order a Cypriot / Turkish / Arab (just covering all bases there) Coffee in the Troodos once and when I went to pay, the old lady said it was €5, I almost choked, absolutely shocking! Was not worth arguing, if it had been a meal, that would be another story, this was after paying for entry to almost the worst place of interest on the Island. I paid her €10. smiled and walked away – not sure if it had the effect of working on her conscious or not. OB has all the prices in the menu, would be another story if they charge what was not on the menu, or do not present a menu in the first place, then you just walk out and do not order. Not nice behaviour.

        • Vladimir

          Are you talking about decency? Do Cypriots know something about it? LOL))

      • A is B

        They are in Limassol, teaching the police a few manners too.

  • Barry White

    A generalisation but very close to the mark:

    North – 5 star hotels and 3 star prices.
    South – 3 star hotels and 5 star prices.

    Little wonder the increase in arrivals and decrease in spending. A goodly number of arrivals head straight to the North and spend there.