According to data from Cyprus’ Statistical Service (CyStat), arrivals of tourists reached 144.676 in November 2017 compared to 124.192 in November 2016, recording an increase of 16,5%. November 2017 had the highest volume of tourist arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the specific month.
For the period of January – November 2017 arrivals of tourists totaled 3.553.149 compared to 3.098.604 in the corresponding period of 2016, recording an increase of 14,7% and outnumbering the total arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the first eleven months of the year.
Tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom increased by 18,4% in November 2017 compared to November 2016 while an increase of 21,4% was recorded for tourists from Russia. Increases were also recorded from other important tourist markets, such as Germany (0,5%) and Israel (27,2%). Contrary to that, a decrease of 6,1% in tourist arrivals from Greece was recorded.
The United Kingdom and Russia constitute the main sources of tourism for Cyprus for November 2017, with proportions of 35,4% and 14,8% respectively, while arrivals from Greece comprise 9,4%, from Germany 9,0% and from Israel 6,3% of total arrivals.
For a percentage of 68,3% of tourists, the purpose of their trip in November 2017 was holidays, for 15,9% visit to friends and relatives and for 15,6% business (Table 3).
Men comprise 46,8% of tourists and women 53,2%, whilst most of the tourists belonged to the age group of 20-44 years./IBNA