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Tourism starts the year with a bang

Tourism started the year on a strong footing, with revenue from tourists soaring by 21.6% in January compared with the same month of 2016, according to data released by the Cyprus Statistical Service (Cystat).

Revenue from tourism reached €35.4 million in January 2017 according to the Passengers’ Survey, compared with €29.1m in January 2016.

Arrivals in January also showed a strong increase, leaping by 28.8% to 62,611.

Visitors from the UK, which is the largest source of tourists, rose to 17,404 compared with 14,552 in January 2016.

Visitors from Russia, the second largest market, rose by an astonishing 57.7%, reaching 13,677 this January compared to 5,304 last January.

UK spending expenditure per capita per trip rose to €727, compared with €675 last January. The spending per person per day was €60.1, compared with €59.05 at the same month of last year.

The average stay of British tourists was 12.1 days compared to 11.4 last January.

Russian expenditure was less than that of the UK. Russian per capita expenditure per trip was €607 compared with €696 last January. However their daily expenditure was higher, at €81 compared to €64 in January 2016.

The average stay of Russians was 7.5 days in January 2017, compared with 10.8 days in January 2016.

The trend continued in February, with arrivals rising by 24.6% to 82,209, compared with 65,988 in February 2016.

In the whole of 2016, arrivals rose by 19.8% to a record 3,186,531.

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