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17-09-2020 13:31

Tourist arrivals in August 2020 record a decrease of 81,2%

The arrivals of tourists reached 104.261 in August 2020 compared to 553.845 in August 2019, recording a decrease of 81,2%.

For the period of January – August 2020, arrivals of tourists totaled 424.850 compared to 2.735.839 in the corresponding period of 2019, recording a decrease of 84,5% (Table 1).

It should be noted that in March 2020, a ban of entry to 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.As from 9/6/2020, a gradual easing of the travel restrictions to Cyprus was implemented, allowing the arrivals from specific countries, according to a categorisation by the Ministry of Health, based on their epidemiological risk assessment.

 

Analysis of changes

Tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom decreased by 78,3% in August 2020 compared to August 2019, while a decrease of 23,1% was also recorded for tourists from Germany, 3,0% decrease from Poland, 43,8% decrease from Greece, 47,8% decrease from Switzerland and 29,5% from Austria. Percentage changes from one year to the next are presented in Table 1 for these main countries.

                                                                                                                 

Purpose of visit

For a percentage of 78,0% of tourists, the purpose of their trip in August 2020 was holidays, for 17,9% visit to friends and relatives and for 4,1% business (Table 2).

 

Table1

   

Country of usual residence

August

January - August

Tourist arrivals

% change 2020/19

Tourist arrivals

% change 2020/19

2018

2019

2020

2018

2019

2020

TOTAL

534.847

553.845

104.261

-81,2

2.719.622

2.735.839

424.850

-84,5

United Kingdom

184.228

186.071

40.421

-78,3

919.972

933.343

117.304

-87,4

Germany

18.398

15.794

12.151

-23,1

120.071

98.574

31.563

-68,0

Poland

11.332

9.634

9.349

-3,0

61.098

52.124

24.699

-52,6

Greece

13.551

13.056

7.336

-43,8

121.733

112.546

45.698

-59,4

Switzerland (incl. Lichten.)

8.031

8.554

4.462

-47,8

47.073

43.379

13.799

-68,2

 

Austria

5.161

   5.848

    4.125

-29,5

26.881

28.089

9.635

-65,7

Other

 294.146

314.888

26.417

-91,6

1.422.794

1.467.784

182.152

-87,6

 

Table 2

Purpose of visit

Percentage (%)

Aug 18

Aug 19

Aug 20

Holidays

88,3

88,1

78,0

Visiting friends & relatives

9,7

10,2

17,9

Business

1,9

1,7

4,1

 
         

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 August 2020 were obtained from processing of the data of the electronic platform “Cyprus Flight Pass”. The passengers aiming to travel to Cyprus 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 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:

Statistical Service (CYSTAT) Website, subtheme Tourism

 

Contact

Lucy Panayidou: Tel.:+35722602152, E-mail: lpanagidou@cystat.mof.gov.cy

 

 

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