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18-06-2019 12:47

3,5% decrease in tourist arrivals in May 2019

On the basis of the results of the passengers survey, arrivals of tourists reached 434.578 in May 2019 compared to 450.495 in May 2018, recording a decrease of 3,5%.

For the period of January – May 2019, arrivals of tourists reached 1.121.361 compared to 1.134.076 in the corresponding period of 2018, recording a decrease of 1,1% (Table 1).

Analysis of changes

Tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom decreased by 2,6% in May 2019 compared to May 2018 and a decrease of 5,4% was recorded for tourists from Russia. An increase of 7,8% in tourist arrivals from Sweden and 9,6% from Israel was 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 in May 2019, with a proportion of 36,1%, while arrivals from Russia comprise 21,7% of total arrivals and from Israel and Greece 5,0% (Table 2).                                                                                    Purpose of visit

For a percentage of 82,8% of tourists, the purpose of their trip in May 2019 was for holidays, for 10,2% for visit to friends and relatives and for 7,0% for business (Table 3)

Table1

   

Country of usual residence

May

January - May

Tourist arrivals

% change 2019/18

Tourist arrivals

% change 2019/18

2017

2018

2019

2017

2018

2019

TOTAL

418.732

450.495

434.578

-3,5

990.756

1.134.076

1.121.361

-1,1

Austria

2.789

3.820

3.892

1,9

11.612

12.617

11.637

-7,8

Belgium

2.061

3.204

2.093

-34,7

8.228

9.100

7.098

-22,0

France

3.929

4.461

2.555

-42,7

13.497

13.025

10.098

-22,5

Germany

21.076

21.679

16.057

-25,9

59.390

68.496

52.996

-22,6

Denmark

4.811

4.694

4.389

-6,5

7.942

9.849

9.376

-4,8

Switzerland (incl. Lichten.)

5.551

7.669

6.945

-9,4

13.665

18.997

17.130

-9,8

Greece

14.682

16.622

14.902

-10,3

63.728

75.670

72.415

-4,3

United Kingdom

155.018

160.948

156.820

-2,6

360.812

395.363

397.396

0,5

Israel

20.712

19.947

21.866

9,6

63.103

69.633

70.899

1,8

Lebanon

3.208

3.779

3.305

-12,5

10.376

12.672

10.770

-15,0

Norway

4.773

5.695

6.933

21,7

9.352

11.108

14.593

31,4

Netherlands

4.906

5.196

4.191

-19,3

10.982

12.292

12.930

5,2

Ukraine

4.666

7.249

10.020

38,2

11.846

18.113

25.409

40,3

Poland

6.569

12.521

10.427

-16,7

15.169

27.687

22.968

-17,0

Russia

108.063

99.572

94.201

-5,4

203.092

194.061

186.401

-3,9

Sweden

20.379

20.341

21.936

7,8

31.006

37.625

37.685

0,2

Finland

2.941

3.340

3.034

-9,2

5.063

7.054

6.856

-2,8

Other

32.598

49.758

51.012

2,5

91.893

140.714

154.704

9,9

 

Table 2

 

 

 

Country of usual

residence of tourists

Percentage (%)

 

May18

Jan –  May  18

May 19

Jan. – May   19

 

United Kingdom

35,7

34,9

36,1

35,4

35,7

Russia

22,1

17,1

21,7

16,6

22,1

Sweden

4,5

3,3

5,0

3,4

4,5

Israel

4,4

6,1

5,0

6,3

4,4

 

Germany

4,8

6,0

3,7

4,7

4,8

Greece

3,7

6,7

3,4

6,5

3,7

Poland

2,8

2,4

        2,4

         2,0

2,8

Other countries

21,9

23,4

22,6

25,0

 

               

 

Table 3

Purpose of visit

Percentage (%)

May 17

May 18

May19

Holidays

84,5

  85,7

82,8

Visiting friends & relatives

8,7

8,1

10,2

Business

6,6

6,1

7,0

 
         


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 trip during the reference period.

Source of data and coverage

The data is obtained by the passengers survey which is conducted in the arrival and departure halls in the airports of Larnaka and Pafos, as well as by 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 travellers 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 the ship manifests, as well as data sent by the Analysis and Statistics Office of the Cyprus Police.

 

 

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