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17-10-2019 13:17

Tourist arrivals: September 2019

On the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey, arrivals of tourists reached 524.707 in September 2019 compared to 520.138 in September 2018, recording an increase of 0,9%. September 2019 had the highest volume of tourist arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the specific month.

For the period of January – September 2019 arrivals of tourists totaled 3.260.546 compared to 3.239.760 in the corresponding period of 2018, recording an increase of 0,6% and outnumbering the total arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the first nine months of the year (Table 1).

Analysis of changes

Tourist arrivals from Russia increased by 2,9% in September 2019 compared to September 2018 while an increase of 12,0% was recorded for tourists from Israel. Tourist arrivals from Sweden remained at the same level as last year. A decrease of 2,9% in tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom and 25,7% from Germany were recorded. 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 September 2019, with a proportion of 32,3% while arrivals from Russia comprise 22,8% of total arrivals, from Israel 6,9% and from Sweden 4,1% (Table 2).

Purpose of visit

For a percentage of 87,1% of tourists, the purpose of their trip in September 2019 was holidays, for 9,1% visit to friends and relatives and for 3,9% business (Table 3).

Table1

   

Country of usual residence

September

January - September

Tourist arrivals

% change 2019/18

Tourist arrivals

% change 2019/18

2017

2018

2019

2017

2018

2019

TOTAL

483.716

520.138

524.707

0,9

3.001.603

3.239.760

3.260.546

0,6

Austria

4.374

6.776

6.643

-2,0

32.041

33.657

34.732

3,2

Belgium

3.050

3.196

3.186

-0,3

21.978

23.878

21.326

-10,7

France

3.056

3.513

2.381

-32,2

29.310

29.876

24.683

-17,4

Germany

21.533

22.178

16.487

-25,7

139.362

142.249

115.061

-19,1

Denmark

5.069

5.246

6.553

24,9

29.644

35.372

34.373

-2,8

Switzerland (incl. Lichten.)

8.226

10.555

10.202

-3,3

44.584

57.628

53.581

-7,0

Greece

15.550

16.178

16.777

3,7

125.396

137.911

129.323

-6,2

United Kingdom

165.728

174.477

169.465

-2,9

1.039.783

1.094.449

1.102.808

0,8

Israel

31.561

32.083

35.947

12,0

218.157

200.558

238.946

19,1

Lebanon

8.054

7.896

8.248

4,5

51.429

55.630

50.508

-9,2

Norway

8.859

7.100

8.105

14,2

47.039

46.764

53.114

13,6

Netherlands

4.582

5.197

5.428

4,4

29.415

32.476

34.232

5,4

Ukraine

6.464

10.749

12.784

18,9

38.253

57.561

72.622

26,2

Poland

8.681

12.169

11.031

-9,4

48.635

73.267

63.155

-13,8

Russia

121.516

116.485

119.827

2,9

703.446

668.913

654.500

-2,2

Sweden

22.428

21.336

21.344

0,0

115.494

131.085

125.525

-4,2

Finland

2.707

3.222

3.210

-0,4

16.377

20.351

20.259

-0,5

Other

42.278

61.782

67.089

8,6

271.260

398.135

431.798

8,5

 

Table 2

 

 

 

Country of usual

residence of tourists

Percentage (%)

 

Sep18

Jan –  Sep  18

Sep  19

Jan –  Sep  19

 

United Kingdom

33,5

33,8

32,3

33,8

33,5

Russia

22,4

20,6

22,8

20,1

22,4

Israel

6,2

6,2

6,9

7,3

6,2

Sweden

4,1

4,0

4,1

3,8

4,1

 

Greece

3,1

4,3

3,2

4,0

3,1

Germany

4,3

4,4

3,1

3,5

4,3

Ukraine

2,1

1,8

        2,4

        2,2

2,1

Other countries

24,3

24,9

25,2

25,2

 

               

 

Table 3

Purpose of visit

Percentage (%)

Sep17

Sep18

Sep19

Holidays

88,6

88,1

87,1

Visiting friends & relatives

7,7

8,2

9,1

Business

3,7

3,7

3,9

 
         

Methodological notes

Definitions

Tourists – Visitors who stay for at least one night in Cyprus.

Tourist arrivals – The term refers to the number of trips and not to the number of persons. This differs in the sense that one person can take more than one trips during the reference period.

Source of data and coverage

The data are obtained from the Passengers Survey which is conducted in the arrivals and departures halls in the airports of Larnaka and Pafos, as well as from administrative sources such as the monthly arrivals at ports.

The survey covers all persons who pass through passport control at the ports and airports in the Government controlled area of Cyprus. It does not include travelers who arrive and depart illegally via ports and airports in the occupied part of Cyprus.

The weighting of data is conducted based on the data sent to the Statistical Service by the Civil Aviation Department and from the ship manifests, as well as data sent by the Analysis and Statistics Office of the Cyprus Police.

For more information, visit the Statistical Service (CYSTAT) website, subtheme Tourism or contact Lucy Panayidou: tel.:+35722602152, e-mail: lpanagidou@cystat.mof.gov.cy.

(EK)