Cyprus-record tourism.

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aimed at stem­ming the flow of li­cense plate re­turns to au­thor­i­ties by own­ers seek­ing to avoid pay­ment of the tax – proved fruit­less as the min­istry’s agen­cies re­quired more time to amend the road tax payable by De­cem­ber 31. The tax slips will be up­loaded on the min­istry’s web­site in the next few days.

Al­most 3 mil­lion tourists vis­ited Cyprus in the first 10 months of 2016, data showed on Thurs­day, en­sur­ing a record year for the is­land seen as a re­gional safe haven. The Fi­nance Min­istry said the num­ber of tourists vis­it­ing the East­ern Mediter­ranean coun­try rose 20.3 per­cent to 2,974,412 in Jan­uary-October com­pared with the same pe­riod in 2015. Ar­rivals in October alone in­creased 32.6 per­cent from 2015 to 357,194, it said, mean­ing Cyprus has al­ready beaten its pre­vi­ous best fig­ures for a full year: 2.69 mil­lion posted in 2001. Cyprus has ben­e­fited from an up­surge in ar­rivals, es­pe­cially from its largest mar­kets Bri­tain and Rus­sia, along with a re­vival in those com­ing from Greece and Is­rael. The is­land is seen a safe haven for tourists, with other tra­di­tion­ally pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions in the East­ern Mediter­ranean – in­clud­ing Egypt and Turkey – hav­ing been hit by up­heaval in the past few years. Its lat­est fig­ures for October in­cluded a 16.9 per­cent rise in the num­ber of tourists from Bri­tain, the coun­try’s largest source of hol­i­day­mak­ers, said the Fi­nance Min­istry.

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