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Record March as winter tourism jumps 13.6%

Projections of a record year for tourism in Cyprus appear to hold true as March 2017 had the highest volume of tourist arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the specific month.

Additionally, according to the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO), there was an increase of 13.6% for the winter tourist season (November 2016- March 2017) compared to the same period last year.

This, says the CTO, makes the past winter tourist season the second best in tourist arrivals of all time, confirming the estimate that the improvement of seasonality is picking up.

Specifically, on the basis of the results of the Cyprus Statistical Service’s Passengers Survey, arrivals of tourists reached 140,873 in March 2017 compared to 137,013 in March 2016, recording an increase of 2.8%.

For the period of January – March 2017 arrivals of tourists totaled 285,693 compared to 251,608 in the corresponding period of 2016, recording an increase of 13.5%.

Tourist arrivals from Russia increased by 55.1% in March 2017 compared to March 2016 while an increase of 10.7% was recorded for tourists from Greece.

Increases were also recorded from other important tourist markets, such as Israel (94.9%) and France (15.9%). Contrarily, a decrease of 7.9% in tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom was recorded.

The United Kingdom and Russia constitute the main sources of tourism for Cyprus in March 2017, with proportions of 38.7% and 14.1% respectively, while arrivals from Greece comprise 9.6% and from Israel 7.1% of total arrivals.

For a percentage of 68.3% of tourists, the purpose of their trip in March 2017 was holidays, for 15.5% visit to friends and relatives, and for 16.1% business.

Men comprised 48.0% of tourists and women 52.0%, whilst the majority of tourists belonged to the age group of 20-44 years.

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