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24-07-2020 12:43

Tourist Arrivals: June 2020 (-98,2%)

The arrivals of tourists reached 9.119 in June 2020 compared to 509.662 in June 2019, recording a decrease of 98,2%.

For the period of January – June 2020, arrivals of tourists totaled 255.675 compared to 1.631.023 in the corresponding period of 2019, recording a decrease of 84,3%.

It should be noted that in March 2020, an entry ban in the Republic was imposed on several categories of persons, including tourists, up to 8/6/2020, as part of the measures taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) in Cyprus.

Analysis of changes

Tourist arrivals from Greece decreased by 75,8% in June 2020 compared to June 2019, while a decrease of 93,1% was also recorded for tourists from Germany, 93,0% decrease from Switzerland and 91,1% from Austria. Percentage changes from one year to the next for these countries are presented in Table 1.                                                                                                      

Purpose of visit

For a percentage of 42,6% of tourists, the purpose of their trip in June 2020 was holidays, for 28,0% visit to friends and relatives and for 29,4% business (Table 2).

Table1

   

Country of usual residence

June

January - June

Tourist arrivals

% change 2020/19

Tourist arrivals

% change 2020/19

2018

2019

2020

2018

2019

2020

TOTAL

511.073

509.662

9.119

-98,2

1.645.149

1.631.023

255.675

-84,3

Greece

19.036

15.094

3.658

-75,8

94.706

87.509

27.538

-68,5

Germany

16.289

16.332

1.128

-93,1

84.785

69.328

9.761

-85,9

Switzerland (incl. Lichten.)

8.101

7.317

513

-93,0

27.098

24.447

3.074

-87,4

Austria

4.251

5.159

459

-91,1

16.868

16.796

2.395

-85,7

Other

463.396

465.760

3.361

-99,3

1.421.692

1.432.943

212.907

-85,1

 

Table 2

Purpose of visit

Percentage (%)

June 18

June 19

June 20

Holidays

86,4

86,4

42,6

Visiting friends & relatives

8,7

9,2

28,0

Business

4,9

4,4

29,4

 
         


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 statistics for June 2020 were obtained from processing of the data of the electronic platform “Cyprus Flight Pass”. The passengers aiming to travel to Cyprus as of 9 June 2020, were required to submit in the above-mentioned platform, information in relation to their flight, their country of residence, the purpose of their visit, as well as other demographic characteristics. This information was used by the Statistical Service, in order to estimate the number of tourist arrivals during the reference period.

The weighting of data was 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.

Due to the small number of tourists that arrived in June 2020, and in conjunction with issues that arose from the self-declared information provided by the passengers, it was not possible to provide a more extensive analysis by country of usual residence.

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

 

(IK/SCH)