Cyprus breaks 1m tourist mark in 1H 2015, UK up

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

The num­ber of tourist ar­rivals breached the 1 mln level in the first half of this year, for the first time in al­most a decade, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial sta­tis­tics, sug­gest­ing that the drop from Rus­sia has been com­pen­sated by a an in­crease from the U.K. and Ger­many.

The Cyprus Tourism Or­gan­i­sa­tion said this was “en­cour­ag­ing news and sev­eral con­clu­sions are de­ducted from this data.”

In the Jan­uary-June pe­riod, tourist ar­rivals reached 1,036,000, up 5.7% from the first half of 2014, ac­cord­ing to the sta­tis­ti­cal ser­vice Cy­s­tat.

How­ever, June ar­rivals to­taled 337,000, down 1.5% from the yearear­lier record monthly fig­ure, mak­ing last month the sec­ond best June ever.

For the first half, the big­gest num­ber of ar­rivals of just over 400,000 was from the U.K., up 14% year-on-year, fol­lowed by a 25% in­crease from Ger­many, 42% from Greece and 49% from Is­rael.

In the pe­riod, tourists from Rus­sia were less by 21%, but still re­mained the sec­ond best mar­ket.

“Based on all the data, this fall is man­age­able,” the CTO said, ex­plain­ing that 2014 was an ex­tra­or­di­nary year for Rus­sian tourists and it was be­fore the EU and western sanc­tions kicked in over the Ukraine cri­sis, send­ing the coun­try into re­ces­sion and the rou­ble tum­bling.

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