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Record-breaking May for tourist arrivals

Another record month for tourist arrivals was recorded in May 2017 according to data from the Cyprus Statistical Service.

Tourist arrivals in May 2017 reached 418,732 compared to 364,943 in May 2016, showing an increase of 14.7%.

May 2017 arrivals were the highest ever recorded for the same month.

United Kingdom arrivals increased by 19.5% in May 2017 compared to May 2016, while there was also a 0.3% increase in arrivals from Russia. There were also increases from other key markets, such as Germany (+54.9%) and Israel (+92.9%).

Contrarily, there was a 6.4% decrease in arrivals from Greece.

The United Kingdom and Russia are the key sources of tourism for Cyprus in May 2017, taking 37% and 25.8% of total arrivals, while arrivals from Germany take 5% and Israel 4.9%.

The main purpose of travel in May 2017 for 84.5% of total arrivals was holidays, followed by 8.7% for family and friend visits. For 6.6% of arrivals the purpose of travel was business.

Approximately 45.1% of tourists were men, while women corresponded to 54.9% of arrivals.

For the period January-May 2017, tourist arrivals reached 990,756 compared to 842,126 during the same period last year. This is an increase of 17.6%, and the largest number of arrivals ever recorded during the first five months of a year in Cyprus.

The Cyprus Tourist Organisation expects that 2017 will be an all-time record-breaking year for tourist arrivals on the island. In 2016 tourist arrivals reached 3.2 million.

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