October 2016 sees significant increase in tourist arrivals
October 2016 is recorded to have seen the highest number of tourist arrivals in Cyprus for the tenth month of the year, the statistical service reported on Thursday.
Based on a Passengers’ Survey, tourist arrivals reached 357,194 in October 2016 compared to 269,363 in October 2015, recording an increase of 32.6%.
During the period of January – October 2016 arrivals of tourists totalled 2,974,412 compared to 2,472,963 in the corresponding period of 2015, recording an increase of 20.3% and “outnumbering the total arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the first ten months of the year,” the statistical service said.
Tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom increased by 16.9% in October 2016.
Arrivals from Russia were recorded to increase by 132.1%. Increases were also noted from Germany (7.3%), Israel (103.7%), Greece (8.6%), and Sweden (13.1%).
However, tourist arrivals from Poland saw a decrease of 3.5%.
The statistical service reported that the UK and Russia constitute the main sources of tourism for the island, with a share of 37.5% and 22.8% respectively, while arrivals from Germany represent 5.1% and from Israel 4.4% of total arrivals.
“ANOTHER OUTSTANDING MONTH”
“This is the best October by far in tourist arrivals,” the Cyprus Tourism Organisation said in a press release.
The CTO has said that October was “another outstanding month” for tourism.
The organisation added that so far all the months of 2016 registered an increase in tourist arrivals exceeding of 16% compared with the corresponding months of 2015, apart from April, during which tourist arrivals were up by 12%.
“The above results show that the initial estimates of the CTO, early in 2016, for a great year are being verified and the strategic target set for more than three million arrivals in 2016 will be achieved,” the statement said.
On the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey, 110,162 residents of Cyprus returned from a trip abroad in October 2016 compared to 83,689 in the corresponding month last year, recording an increase of 31.6%.