Tourist arrivals up by 8% in January due to increase in UK flow

The significant increase in arrivals mainly from the United Kingdom has boosted tourist arrivals in Cyprus in January 2019.

The Travelers Survey conducted by the Statistical Service of Cyprus and published on Monday, showed that arrivals of tourists in January 2019 reached 81,970 compared to 75,867 in January 2018, recording an increase of 8.0% and were the highest ever recorded in January.

Arrivals from the United Kingdom increased by 17.6% in January 2019 compared to January 2018 from 19,945 to 23,447.

On the contrary, there was a decrease of 2% in arrivals of tourists from Greece and 27.3% decrease from Russia (10,832 in January 2018 compared to 7,876 in January 2019).

United Kingdom was the main tourism source for Cyprus in January 2019, with 28.6% followed by Greece with 13.7%, Israel with 10.6% and Russia with 9.6%.

For a percentage of 53.5% of tourists, the purpose of their trip in January 2019 was holidays, for 25.2% visit to friends and relatives and for 21.2% business.

Source: Cyprus News Agency