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