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18-11-2019 13:37

Increase of 0,7% in tourist arrivals in October 2019

On the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey, arrivals of tourists reached 436.509 in October 2019 compared to 433.617 in October 2018, recording an increase of 0,7%. October 2019 had the highest volume of tourist arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the specific month.

For the period of January – October 2019 arrivals of tourists totaled 3.697.055 compared to 3.673.377 in the corresponding period of 2018, recording an increase of 0,6% and outnumbering the total arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the first ten months of the year (Table 1).

Analysis of changes

Tourist arrivals from Russia increased by 13,1% in October 2019 compared to October 2018 while an increase of 91,1% was recorded for tourists from Israel. A decrease of 8,0% in tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom and 14,7% 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 October 2019, with a proportion of 31,9% while arrivals from Russia comprise 21,6% of total arrivals, from Israel 6,3% and from Germany 5,0% (Table 2).                                                              Purpose of visit

For a percentage of 85,2% of tourists, the purpose of their trip in October 2019 was holidays, for 8,6% visit to friends and relatives and for 6,2% business (Table 3).

Table1

   

Country of usual residence

October

January - October

Tourist arrivals

% change 2019/18

Tourist arrivals

% change 2019/18

2017

2018

2019

2017

2018

2019

TOTAL

406.870

433.617

436.509

0,7

3.408.473

3.673.377

3.697.055

0,6

Austria

6.421

8.235

6.269

-23,9

38.462

41.892

41.001

-2,1

Belgium

3.318

2.742

2.512

-8,4

25.296

26.620

23.838

-10,5

France

4.249

3.211

3.382

5,3

33.559

33.087

28.065

-15,2

Germany

31.392

25.423

21.678

-14,7

170.754

167.672

136.739

-18,4

Denmark

4.939

6.942

5.420

-21,9

34.583

42.314

39.793

-6,0

Switzerland (incl. Lichten.)

9.681

12.478

10.670

-14,5

54.265

70.106

64.251

-8,4

Greece

16.790

17.127

17.077

-0,3

142.186

155.038

146.400

-5,6

United Kingdom

134.575

151.269

139.220

-8,0

1.174.358

1.245.718

1.242.028

-0,3

Israel

24.599

14.461

27.634

91,1

242.756

215.019

266.580

24,0

Lebanon

2.430

2.430

2.521

3,7

53.859

58.060

53.029

-8,7

Norway

5.455

6.397

6.318

-1,2

52.494

53.161

59.432

11,8

Netherlands

5.895

6.849

6.984

2,0

35.310

39.325

41.216

4,8

Ukraine

5.775

7.550

10.909

44,5

44.028

65.111

83.531

28,3

Poland

5.096

10.565

9.253

-12,4

53.731

83.832

72.408

-13,6

Russia

87.325

83.354

94.260

13,1

790.771

752.267

748.760

-0,5

Sweden

19.049

19.954

16.605

-16,8

134.543

151.039

142.130

-5,9

Finland

4.068

5.247

3.905

-25,6

20.445

25.598

24.164

-5,6

Other

35.813

49.383

51.892

5,1

307.073

447.518

483.690

8,1

 

Table 2

 

 

 

Country of usual

residence of tourists

Percentage (%)

 

Oct18

Jan –  Oct  18

Oct  19

Jan –  Oct  19

 

United Kingdom

34,9

33,9

31,9

33,6

34,9

Russia

19,2

20,5

21,6

20,3

19,2

Israel

3,3

5,9

6,3

7,2

3,3

Germany

5,9

4,6

5,0

3,7

5,9

 

Greece

3,9

4,2

3,9

4,0

3,9

Sweden

4,6

4,1

3,8

3,8

4,6

Ukraine

1,7

1,8

        2,5

        2,3

1,7

Other countries

26,4

25,1

25,0

25,2

 

               

 

Table 3

Purpose of visit

Percentage (%)

Oct17

Oct18

Oct19

Holidays

83,3

86,1

85,2

Visiting friends & relatives

10,1

8,1

8,6

Business

6,6

5,8

6,2

 
         

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 Ms Lucy Panayidou: tel.:+35722602152, e-mail: lpanagidou@cystat.mof.gov.cy.

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