On the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey, arrivals of tourists reached 124.192 in November 2016 compared to 108.093 in November 2015, recording an increase of 14.9%.
For the period of January – November 2016 arrivals of tourists totaled 3.098.604 compared to 2.581.057 in the corresponding period of 2015, recording an increase of 20.1% and outnumbering the total arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the first eleven months of the year (Table 1).
Tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom increased by 3.4% in November 2016 compared to November 2015 while an increase of 51.9% was recorded for tourists from Greece. Increases were also recorded from other important tourist markets, such as Germany (51.9%), Israel (112.7%) and Poland (13.0%). Contrary to that, a decrease of 0.6% in tourist arrivals from Russia was recorded. Percentage changes from one year to the next for the main countries of usual residence of tourists, are presented in Table 1.
The United Kingdom and Russia constitute the main sources of tourism for Cyprus, with proportions of 34.9% and 14.2% respectively, while arrivals from Greece comprise 11.7% and from Germany 10.4% of total arrivals (Table 2).
For a percentage of 68.2% of tourists, the purpose of their trip was holidays, for 15,2% visit to friends and relatives and for 16,4% business (Table 3).
Men comprise 53,8% of tourists and women 46,2%, whilst most of the tourists belonged to the age group of 20-44 years (Table 3).
|Country of usual residence||November||January – November|
|Tourist arrivals||% change 2016/15||Tourist arrivals||% change 2016/15|
|Switzerland (incl. Lichten.)||1.307||1.529||1.663||8,8||48.465||46.075||52.851||14,7|
|Country of usual
residence of tourists
|Nov. 15||Jan – Nov. 15||Nov. 16||Jan. – Nov. 16|
|Purpose and characteristics of tourists||Percentage (%)|
|Nov. 14||Nov. 15||Nov. 16|
|Visiting friends & relatives||15,6||14,7||15,2|
|* Provisional data for November 2016|
The data are obtained from the Passengers Survey which is conducted in the arrivals and departures halls in the airports of Larnaka and Pafos, as well as from administrative sources such as the monthly arrivals at ports.
The survey covers all persons who pass through passport control at the ports and airports in the Government controlled area of Cyprus. It does not include travelers who arrive and depart illegally via ports and airports in the occupied part of Cyprus.
The weighting of data is conducted based on the data sent to the Statistical Service by the Civil Aviation Department and from the ship manifests, as well as from data sent by the Analysis and Statistics Office of the Cyprus Police./IBNA