Tourist ar­rivals up 5% in May, mostly from UK and Ger­many

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

Tourist ar­rivals in­creased by 4.9% in May, com­pared to the same month last year, the sta­tis­ti­cal ser­vice Cy­s­tat said.

Based on the monthly Pas­sen­gers Sur­vey, tourist ar­rivals reached 307,449 in May, com­pared to 293,181 in May 2014.

An in­crease of 17.1% was recorded in ar­rivals from the U.K. (from 106,063 in May 2014 to 124,189 in May 2015), a 4% in­crease from Swe­den (from 15,299 to 15,910), a 55.3% in­crease from Ger­many (from 8,564 to 13,297) and a 44.4% in­crease from Greece (from 9,083 to 13,120 this year). A de­crease of 19.6% was recorded in ar­rivals from Rus­sia (71,137 in May 2015 com­pared to 88,426 in May 2014).

For the Jan­uary-May pe­riod, tourist ar­rivals to­talled 698,932 com­pared to 637,617 in the same pe­riod of 2014, an in­crease of 9.6%.

Cy­s­tat also said that 87,496 Cyprus res­i­dents re­turned from a trip abroad in May, com­pared to 89,632 in the same month last year, down 2.4%. There was a de­crease of 25.4% on trips to the U.K. (19,030 in May 2015 com­pared to 25,516 in May 2014).

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