On the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey, arrivals of tourists reached 98 924 in December 2017 compared to 87 927 in December 2016, recording an increase of 12.5%. December 2017 had the highest volume of tourist arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the specific month.
For the period of January – December 2017 arrivals of tourists totaled 3 652 073 compared to 3 186 531 in the corresponding period of 2016, recording an increase of 14.6% and outnumbering the total arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during a year.
Tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom increased by 8% in December 2017, compared to December 2016 while an increase of 6.9% was recorded for tourists from Greece. A minor increase was recorded from Russia (1,0%) while an increase of 38.7% was recorded from Israel. Furthermore, a slight decrease of 1.4% was recorded in tourist arrivals from Lebanon. Percentage changes from one year to the next for the main countries of usual residence of tourists.
The United Kingdom and Greece constitute the main sources of tourism for Cyprus for December 2017, with proportions of 28.5% and 14.1% respectively, while arrivals from Russia comprise 12.4% and from Israel 10.2% of total arrivals.
For a percentage of 51.4% of tourists, the purpose of their trip in December 2017 was holidays, for 36.2% visit to friends and relatives and for 12.4% business.
Men comprise 46,7% of tourists and women 53,3%, whilst most of the tourists belonged to the age group of 20-44 years./IBNA