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16 June, 2024
 

Tourist arrivals rise by 5% in February

Among the top countries contributing to tourist arrivals in February 2024, the United Kingdom took the lead with 24.6% (30,774) of total arrivals,

Newsroom / CNA

Tourist arrivals in Cyprus saw a notable uptick in February 2024 compared to the same period in the previous year, according to data released by the Cyprus Statistical Service on Tuesday. The total number of arrivals reached 125,034, marking a 5% increase from February 2023's figure of 119,081.

Among the top countries contributing to tourist arrivals in February 2024, the United Kingdom took the lead with 24.6% (30,774) of total arrivals, followed by Poland at 13.3% (16,591), Israel at 10.6% (13,290), and Greece at 10.3% (12,835), as reported by CyStat.

In terms of the purpose of their visit, the majority of tourists, accounting for 66.8%, visited Cyprus for holidays in February 2024, while 17.8% visited friends and relatives, and 14.2% traveled for business purposes. Comparatively, in February 2023, 66.7% of tourists visited for holidays, 20.1% for visiting friends or relatives, and 13% for business.

Looking at the broader January to February 2024 period, tourist arrivals totaled 212,995, a slight increase of 1.6% compared to the same period in 2023.

Meanwhile, February 2024 also witnessed a surge in the number of residents of Cyprus returning from trips abroad, totaling 114,110 compared to 102,001 in February 2023, reflecting an 11.9% increase.

Among the main countries from which residents of Cyprus returned, Greece held the highest share at 32% (36,481), followed by the United Kingdom at 11.6% (13,288), and Italy at 4.6% (5,306).

For residents of Cyprus traveling abroad in February 2024, the primary purpose of travel was holidays, accounting for 70.6%, while 23.4% traveled for business reasons, 4.6% for studies, and 1.4% for other reasons.

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