Tourist ar­rivals con­tinue to soar, June is 2nd best month

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Tourist ar­rivals soared in June record­ing an an­nual in­crease of 22.6% com­pared to June 2015, data re­leased by the Sta­tis­ti­cal Ser­vice show, with the Cyprus Tourism Or­gan­i­sa­tion call­ing on all stake­hold­ers “to con­tinue their best ef­fort and to work con­sci­en­tiously, show­ing pro­fes­sion­al­ism and ded­i­ca­tion.”

The com­ment fol­lows the re­cent wave of strikes in the ho­tel sec­tor and ground­han­dling ser­vices at Lar­naca and Paphos air­ports, mostly based on pay in­crease de­mands, which are not linked to pro­duc­tiv­ity lev­els.

“Through our work this year, let us lay the foun­da­tions for even bet­ter re­sults in the years to come, avoid­ing all ac­tions which would neg­a­tively im­pact the sec­tor and limit its great prospects,” the CTO says.

Based on the mon­htly Pas­sen­ger Sur­vey, tourist ar­rivals in June reached 413,114 com­pared to 336,967 in June last year, an in­crease of 22.6%.

Ar­rivals from the UK were up by 21.1% and from Rus­sia by 41.6%. A year-on-year drop of 6.4% was recorded in ar­rivals from Swe­den.

For the pe­riod of Jan­uary – June tourist ar­rivals reached 1,255,240 com­pared to 1,035,900 at the same pe­riod of 2015, an in­crease of 21.2%.

The CTO said June 2016 has been a record June in the his­tory of the tourism sec­tor but that it has also been the sec­ond best month of all times, af­ter July 2015.

Re­fer­ring to the data for the first six months of the year the CTO pointed out that “it is the high­est per­for­mance in the first six months of the year in the his­tory of Cypriot tourism.”

At the same time it added that for the first time ever, tourist ar­rivals of the sec­ond quar­ter (April – June) were over 1 mil­lion. The data for the first half of the year show an in­crease from vir­tu­ally all mar­kets, with the great­est been the UK(16.1%), Rus­sia (47.7%, Is­rael (46.5%), Greece (13.5%), the Ukraine (34.8%), Ger­many (9.4%), Poland (32.7%), Bel­gium (32.3%) and Le­banon (36.4%), the CTO said.

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