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October 2018 tourist arrivals highest ever recorded in Cyprus for specific month

November 19, 2018 at 12:48pm

Arrivals of tourists reached 433,617 in October 2018 compared to 406,870 in October 2017, recording an increase of 6.6%, according to Statistical Service figures.

This was the highest ever number of tourist arrivals for the month of October.

For the period of January – October 2018 arrivals of tourists totalled 3,673,377 compared to 3,408,473 in the corresponding period of 2017, recording an increase of 7.8% and outnumbering the total arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the first ten months of the year.

Analysis of changes

Tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom increased by 12.4% in October 2018 compared to October 2017 while an increase of 4.8% was recorded for tourists from Sweden and 2.0% increase from Greece. In contrast, there was a drop of 4.5% in tourist arrivals from Russia and of 19.0% in arrivals from Germany . Percentage changes from one year to the next for the main countries of usual residence of tourists are presented in Table 1.

Main countries

The United Kingdom constitutes the main source of tourism for Cyprus for October 2018, with a proportion of 34.9% while arrivals from Russia comprise 19.2% of total arrivals, from Germany 5.9%  and from Sweden 4.6% (Table 2).

Purpose of visit

For a percentage of 86.1% of tourists, the purpose of their trip in October 2018 was holidays, for 8.1% to visit to friends and relatives and for 5.8% business (Table 3).

Table 1
Country of usual residence October January – October
Tourist arrivals % change 2018/17 Tourist arrivals % change 2018/17
2016 2017 2018 2016 2017 2018
TOTAL 357,194 406,870 433,617 6.6 2,974.412 3,408.473 3.673.377 7,8
Austria 5,127 6,421 8,235 28.3 27,865 38,462 41,892 8,9
Belgium 3,545 3,318 2,742 -17.4 26,025 25,296 26,620 5,2
France 5,488 4,249 3,211 -24.4 38,881 33,559 33,087 -1,4
Germany 18,137 31,392 25,423 -19.0 106,709 170,754 167,672 -1,8
Denmark 3,989 4,939 6,942 40.6 29,327 34.583 42,314 22,4
Switzerland (incl. Lichten.) 9,991 9,681 12.478 28.9 51,188 54.265 70,106 29,2
Greece 15.239 16,790 17.127 2.0 132,748 142.186 155,038 9,0
United Kingdom 133.889 134,.575 151.269 12.4 1,088,562 1,174.358 1,45,718 6,1
Israel 15.861 24,599 14,461 -41.2 134,292 242.756 215,019 -11,4
Lebanon 2,817 2,430 2,430 0.0 46,512 53.859 58.060 7,8
Norway 3,875 5,455 6,397 17.3 45,415 52.494 53.161 1,3
Netherlands 4,505 5,895 6,849 16.2 27,922 35,310 39,325 11,4
Ukraine 5,372 5,775 7,550 30.7 59,260 44,028 65,111 47,9
Poland 4,230 5,096 10,565 107.3 38,904 53,731 83,832 56,0
Russia 81,556 87,325 83,354 -4.5 751,808 790,771 752,267 -4,9
Sweden 14,029 19,049 19,954 4.8 112,873 134,543 151,039 12,3
Finland 2,401 4,068 5,247 29.0 18,110 20,445 25,598 25,2
Other 27,143 35,813 49,383 37.9 238,011 307,073 447,518 45,7

 

Table 2
Country of usual

residence of tourists

Percentage (%)
Oct 17 Jan –  Oct 17 Oct 18 Jan. –  Oct 18
United Kingdom 33.1 34.5 34.9 33.9 33,3
Russia 21.5 23.2 19.2 20.5 24,3
Germany 7.7 5.0 5.9 4.6 8,0
Sweden 4.7 3.9 4,6 4.1
Greece 4.1 4.2 3,9 4.2 3,7
Israel 6.0 7.1 3.3 5.9 2,9
Switzerland 2.4 1.6 2.9          1.9 2,0
Other countries 20.5 20.5 25.3 25.0

 

Table 3
Purpose of visit Percentage (%)
Oct 16 Oct 17 Oct 18
Holidays 87.1 83.3 86.1
Visiting friends & relatives 7.8 10.1 8.1
Business 5,1 6.6 5.8