Cyprus Tourism Organisation records strong summer visitor figures

Cyprus Tourism Organisation records strong summer visitor figures

The Cyprus Tourism Organisation has released its latest visitor figures for January to August 2017, showing continued growth.

From January to August 2017, global tourist arrivals to Cyprus reached 2,517,887, compared to 2,196,017 in 2016; a year-on-year increase of 14.7 per cent.

UK arrivals during this period reached 874,055; an 8.6 per cent increase compared to the 805,087 UK arrivals from January to August in 2016.

During the month of August 2017, Cyprus welcomed 523,651 global visitors; a 14.2 per cent increase on August 2016, which saw 458,645 global tourists visiting Cyprus.

Of these, there were 185,831 UK visitors compared to the 172,236 UK arrivals in August 2016; a 7.9 per cent year on year increase.

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In July 2017, 531,030 global tourists visited the island compared to 482,132 in July 2016 (a 10.1 per cent increase).

Of those, there were 176,880 British tourist arrivals in July 2017; up six per cent from the same month in 2016 when 166,874 British tourists visited the island.

Orestis Rossides, UK director of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation, said: “Tourism is an important sector for Cyprus and we’re proud to announce that 2017 is on track to be another record-breaking year.

“Our longer-term goal is to reach six million global tourist arrivals by 2030 and we are committed to supporting this strong growth with the necessary infrastructure.”