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19-10-2020 13:51

Tourist Arrivals: September 2020

Tourist Arrivals -83,4%

The arrivals of tourists reached 87.334 in September 2020 compared to 524.707 in September 2019, recording a decrease of 83,4%.

For the period of January – September 2020, arrivals of tourists totaled 512.184 compared to 3.260.546 in the corresponding period of 2019, recording a decrease of 84,3% (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 71,0% in September 2020 compared to September 2019, while a decrease of 35,3% was also recorded for tourists from Germany, 63,2% decrease from Greece, 41,4% decrease from Denmark, 77,8% decrease from Poland and 78,8% from Switzerland. Percentage changes from one year to the next are presented in Table 1 for these main countries.

Purpose of visit

For a percentage of 79,5% of tourists, the purpose of their trip in September 2020 was holidays, for 13,4% visit to friends and relatives and for 7,2% business (Table 2). 

Table1

   

Country of usual residence

September

January - September

Tourist arrivals

% change 2020/19

Tourist arrivals

% change 2020/19

2018

2019

2020

2018

2019

2020

TOTAL

520.138

524.707

87.334

-83,4

3.239.760

3.260.546

512.184

-84,3

United Kingdom

174.477

169.465

49.099

-71,0

1.094.449

1.102.808

166.403

-84,9

Germany

22.178

16.487

10.662

-35,3

142.249

115.061

42.225

-63,3

Greece

16.178

16.777

6.170

-63,2

137.911

129.323

51.868

-59,9

Denmark

5.246

6.553

3.837

-41,4

35.372

34.373

11.206

-67,4

Poland

12.169

11.031

2.446

-77,8

73.267

63.155

27.145

-57,0

Switzerland (incl. Lichten.)

10.555

10.202

2.163

-78,8

57.628

53.581

15.962

-70,2

Other

279.335

294.192

12.957

-95,6

1.698.884

1.762.245

197.375

-88,8

 

Table 2

Purpose of visit

Percentage (%)

Sep 18

Sep 19

Sep 20

Holidays

88,1

87,1

79,5

Visiting friends & relatives

8,2

9,1

13,4

Business

3,7

3,9

7,2

 

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 statistics for September 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

 

 

(SS/ECHR)