Cyprus breaks new an­nual record for tourist arrivals

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - COMMENT -

An in­flux of Rus­sian, Bri­tish and Is­raeli tourists helped Cyprus set a new record for its best ever year for arrivals with 3.67 mil­lion vis­i­tors up to Oc­to­ber, of­fi­cial data in­di­cated this week.

The Mediter­ranean is­land has beat its pre­vi­ous an­nual record of 3.65 mil­lion tourists Cyprus re­ceived in 2017 with two months to spare.

Au­thor­i­ties are con­fi­dent that Cyprus could break the un­prece­dented four mil­lion vis­i­tors bar­rier this year.

Arrivals for the first ten months, Jan­uary to Oc­to­ber, to­talled 3.67 mil­lion com­pared to 3.40 mil­lion in the same pe­riod of 2017, record­ing an in­crease of 7.8%, the Cyprus sta­tis­ti­cal ser­vice (Cy­s­tat) said. Dur­ing the year Cyprus has been breaking new records for tourism al­most on a monthly ba­sis.

In Oc­to­ber alone, arrivals of tourists in­creased 6.6% to 433,617 from 406,870 in Oc­to­ber 2017.

“Oc­to­ber 2018 had the high­est vol­ume of tourist arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus dur­ing the spe­cific month,” said Cy­s­tat.

Tourists from the UK (1,245,718) is by far the is­land’s largest mar­ket with a 33.9% share for the year to Oc­to­ber, fol­lowed by Rus­sia (752,267) with 20.5 per cent and nearby Is­rael (215,019) is third with 5.9%.

In­creases were also recorded from other emerg­ing tourist mar­kets, such as Poland up 56% and Ukraine rose 47.9%.

The east­ern Mediter­ranean is­land has ben­e­fited from its rep­u­ta­tion as a re­gional safe haven as un­rest has hit the tourism sec­tors of its tra­di­tional com­peti­tors Egypt, Tu­nisia and Turkey.

A record 3.65 mil­lion tourists en­joyed a Cyprus hol­i­day last year, spend­ing an un­prece­dented 2.6 bil­lion eu­ros.

The tourism boom helped

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