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17-09-2019 13:06

Tourist arrivals: August 2019

Tourist Arrivals 3,6%

On the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey, arrivals of tourists reached 553.845 in August 2019 compared to 534.847 in August 2018, recording an increase of 3,6%. August 2019 had the highest volume of tourist arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the specific month.

For the period of January – August 2019 arrivals of tourists totaled 2.735.839 compared to 2.719.622 in the corresponding period of 2018, recording an increase of 0,6% and outnumbering the total arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the first eight months of the year (Table 1).

 

Analysis of changes

Tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom increased by 1,0% in August 2019 compared to August 2018 while an increase of 1,8% was recorded for tourists from Russia and 23,6% from Israel. A decrease of 0,2% in tourist arrivals from Sweden and 14,2% from Germany were 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 for August 2019, with a proportion of 33,6% while arrivals from Russia comprise 20,9% of total arrivals, from Israel 9,4% and from Sweden 3,7% (Table 2).                                                                                                         

Purpose of visit

For a percentage of 88,1% of tourists, the purpose of their trip in August 2019 was holidays, for 10,2% visit to friends and relatives and for 1,7% business (Table 3).

Table 1

   

Country of usual residence

August

January - August

Tourist arrivals

% change 2019/18

Tourist arrivals

% change 2019/18

2017

2018

2019

2017

2018

2019

TOTAL

523.651

534.847

553.845

3,6

2.517.887

2.719.622

2.735.839

0,6

Austria

5.578

5.161

5.848

13,3

27.667

26.881

28.089

4,5

Belgium

3.456

3.873

4.149

7,1

18.928

20.682

18.140

-12,3

France

5.269

6.673

5.482

-17,8

26.254

26.363

22.302

-15,4

Germany

20.317

18.398

15.794

-14,2

117.829

120.071

98.574

-17,9

Denmark

4.443

5.846

5.845

0,0

24.575

30.126

27.820

-7,7

Switzerland (incl. Lichten.)

6.843

8.031

8.554

6,5

36.358

47.073

43.379

-7,8

Greece

12.420

13.551

13.056

-3,7

109.846

121.733

112.546

-7,5

United Kingdom

185.831

184.228

186.071

1,0

874.055

919.972

933.343

1,5

Israel

52.944

41.965

51.871

23,6

186.596

168.475

202.999

20,5

Lebanon

14.381

13.793

12.923

-6,3

43.375

47.734

42.260

-11,5

Norway

7.205

6.915

8.256

19,4

38.180

39.664

45.009

13,5

Netherlands

4.960

5.180

5.131

-0,9

24.833

27.279

28.804

5,6

Ukraine

5.760

9.717

10.352

6,5

31.789

46.812

59.838

27,8

Poland

8.537

11.332

9.634

-15,0

39.954

61.098

52.124

-14,7

Russia

119.829

113.599

115.682

1,8

581.930

552.428

534.673

-3,2

Sweden

18.303

20.708

20.673

-0,2

93.066

109.749

104.181

-5,1

Finland

2.687

2.549

2.958

16,0

13.670

17.129

17.049

-0,5

Other

44.888

63.328

71.566

13,0

228.982

336.353

364.709

8,4

 

Table 2

 

 

 

Country of usual

residence of tourists

Percentage (%)

 

Aug18

Jan – Aug 18

Aug19

Jan – Aug 19

 

United Kingdom

34,4

33,8

33,6

34,1

32,4

Russia

21,2

20,3

20,9

19,5

22,5

Israel

7,8

6,2

9,4

7,4

6,1

Sweden

3,9

4,0

3,7

3,8

 

 

Germany

3,4

4,4

2,9

3,6

3,1

Greece

2,5

4,5

2,4

4,1

2,2

Lebanon

2,6

1,8

        2,3

         1,5

2,5

Other countries

24,0

25,0

      24,9

25,9

 

               

 

Table 3

Purpose of visit

Percentage (%)

Aug17

Aug18

Aug19

Holidays

90,4

88,3

88,1

Visiting friends & relatives

8,3

9,7

10,2

Business

1,3

1,9

1,7

 
         

 

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

(MG/SCH)