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17-07-2019 13:16

Tourist Arrivals: June 2019

Tourist Arrivals -0,3%

On the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey, arrivals of tourists reached 509.662 in June 2019 compared to 511.073 in June 2018, recording a decrease of 0,3%.

For the period of January – June 2019 arrivals of tourists totaled 1.631.023 compared to 1.645.149 in the corresponding period of 2018, recording a decrease of 0,9% (Table 1).

 

Analysis of changes

Tourist arrivals from Russia decreased by 5,1% in June 2019 compared to June 2018 and a decrease of 12,5% was recorded for tourists from Sweden. Tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom remained at the same level as last year, recording a minor increase of 0,1%, whereas arrivals from Israel recorded a significant increase of 39,7%. 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 June 2019, with a proportion of 32,5% while arrivals from Russia comprise 23,0% of total arrivals, from Israel 6,5% and from Sweden 4,4% (Table 2).

Purpose of visit

For a percentage of 86,4% of tourists, the purpose of their trip in June 2019 was holidays, for 9,2% visit to friends and relatives and for 4,4% business (Table 3).

Table 1

   

Country of usual residence

June

January - June

Tourist arrivals

% change 2019/18

Tourist arrivals

% change 2019/18

2017

2018

2019

2017

2018

2019

TOTAL

472.450

511.073

509.662

-0,3

1.463.206

1.645.149

1.631.023

-0,9

Austria

4.268

4.251

5.159

21,4

15.880

16.868

16.796

-0,4

Belgium

2.348

3.221

2.765

-14,2

10.576

12.321

9.863

-19,9

France

2.772

2.476

2.666

7,7

16.269

15.501

12.764

-17,7

Germany

18.363

16.289

16.332

0,3

77.753

84.785

69.328

-18,2

Denmark

4.995

4.802

4.408

-8,2

12.937

14.651

13.784

-5,9

Switzerland (incl. Lichten.)

6.685

8.101

7.317

-9,7

20.350

27.098

24.447

-9,8

Greece

18.185

19.036

15.094

-20,7

81.913

94.706

87.509

-7,6

United Kingdom

150.532

165.477

165.600

0,1

511.344

560.840

562.996

0,4

Israel

28.044

23.814

33.276

39,7

91.147

93.447

104.175

11,5

Lebanon

8.010

8.973

7.346

-18,1

18.386

21.645

18.116

-16,3

Norway

9.303

9.673

8.883

-8,2

18.655

20.781

23.476

13,0

Netherlands

3.979

4.116

4.170

1,3

14.961

16.408

17.100

4,2

Ukraine

7.382

10.013

12.892

28,8

19.228

28.126

38.301

36,2

Poland

8.471

11.556

10.793

-6,6

23.640

39.243

33.761

-14,0

Russia

129.890

123.327

117.001

-5,1

332.982

317.388

303.402

-4,4

Sweden

21.136

25.413

22.238

-12,5

52.142

63.038

59.923

-4,9

Finland

2.547

4.228

3.711

-12,2

7.610

11.282

10.567

-6,3

Other

45.540

66.307

70.011

5,6

137.433

207.021

224.715

8,5

 

Table 2

 

 

 

Country of usual

residence of tourists

Percentage (%)

 

Jun18

Jan –  Jun  18

Jun 19

Jan. – Jun   19

 

United Kingdom

32,4

34,1

32,5

34,5

32,4

Russia

24,1

19,3

23,0

18,6

24,1

Israel

4,7

5,7

6,5

6,4

4,7

Sweden

5,0

3,8

4,4

3,7

5,0

 

Germany

3,2

5,2

3,2

4,3

3,2

Greece

3,7

5,8

3,0

5,4

3,7

Ukraine

2,0

1,7

        2,5

         2,3

2,0

Other countries

25,0

24,5

25,0

24,9

 

               

 

Table 3

Purpose of visit

Percentage (%)

Jun 17

Jun 18

Jun19

Holidays

86,2

86,4

86,4

Visiting friends & relatives

10,3

8,7

9,2

Business

3,5

4,9

4,4

 
         


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 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:

Statistical Service (CYSTAT) website, subtheme Tourism

Contact

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

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