Tourist arrivals rise 26% in March, 16% in Q1, Cystat says


By Andria Kades

Tourism arrivals rose 26 per cent to 97,479 in March compared with last year, mainly on increased arrivals from the United Kingdom, Greece, and Germany offsetting a drop from Russia, the statistical service said.

Arrivals from the UK, Cyprus’s largest source of tourism, rose 36 per cent to 41,149 travellers compared with a year ago, while in the case of Greece and Germany the number of visitors rose 50 per cent and 15 per cent respectively to 10,557 and 7,443, Cystat said in a statement on its website today.

On the other hand, tourist arrivals from Russia fell 3.4 per cent year-on-year in March to 7,855, Cystat said.

Energy minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, also in charge of tourism, said March was a strong month with almost all markets going up.

In the first quarter of the year, overall arrivals rose 16 per cent to 189,988 compared with the respective three month period of 2014, Cystat said.


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  • Mist

    This is of no consequence here in the wild west if the Hotels don’t pay the staff , tourist tax or service their loans. its just more work and debt to pay off.

  • All is good…

    Arrivals rose 36% from the UK ?.. Really ?

    This time last year, I was living in Cyprus and never flew from the UK to Cyprus.

    This year, I live in the UK and I have flown to Cyprus twice already – next week, it will be three times this year so far.

    Am I a tourist just because I travel on a UK passport – will I be 3 parts of that statistic ?

    I don’t purchase accommodation, rental car or tourist attractions.

    • Mist

      We fly in and out by Squeezy, when booking they ask “Purpose of visit” is this so they can give Tourist arrival figures to the Stats guys? No choice tick box for just “popping over to water the plants”.

  • Bunny

    Western Easter holidays started in March this year, April last year. Not surprising, is it?

    • Alexander Reuterswärd

      If arrivals increase in April, then i am impressed 😉

  • Barry White

    If the UK tourist numbers can be driven up by 100% and they all are given free breakfast vouchers for their stay for hearty beans on toast breakfasts, we just might generate enough gas to make Aphrodite pay.