On the basis of the results of Cystat’s Passengers Survey, arrivals of tourists reached 458,645 in August 2016 compared to 392,272 in August 2015, recording an increase of 16.9%. August 2016 had the highest volume of tourist arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the specific month.
For the period of January – August 2016 arrivals of tourists totaled 2,196,017 compared to 1,842,700 in the corresponding period of 2015, recording an increase of 19.2% and outnumbering the total arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the first eight months of the year.
Tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom increased by 9.9% in August 2016 compared to August 2015 while an astonishing increase of 36.8% was recorded for tourists from Russia. Increases were also recorded from other important tourist markets, such as Israel (61.0%), Sweden (8.9%), Lebanon (22.8%) and Greece (16.8%). Contrary to the trend, a decrease of 6.1% in tourist arrivals from Germany was recorded.
The United Kingdom and Russia constitute the main sources of tourism for Cyprus, with proportions of 37.6% and 26.8% respectively, while arrivals from Israel comprise 5.9% and from Sweden 3.8% of total arrivals.
For a percentage of 91.5% of tourists, the purpose of their trip was holidays, for 7.1% it was visit to friends and relatives and for 1.4% business.
Women comprise 50.2% of tourists and men 49.8%, whilst most of the tourists belonged to the age group of 20-44 years(50.9%).