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Tourist arrivals up 5% y-o-y in February

Last February, 125,034 tourists arrived in Cyprus compared with 119,081 in the same month of 2023, recording an increase of 5%, Cystat said.

Arrivals from the UK, the island’s main source of tourism, made up 24.6% (30,774) of total arrivals, followed by Poland with 13.3% (16,591), Israel with 10.6% (13,290), and Greece with 10.3% (12,835).

For 66.8% of visitors, the purpose of their trip was holidays, while 17.8% visited friends and relatives, and 14.2% were here for business. Respectively, in February 2023, 66.7% of tourists visited Cyprus for holidays, 20.1% visited friends or relatives and 13% visited Cyprus for business reasons.

For the period of January – February 2024, arrivals of tourists totalled 212,995 compared to 209,630 in the corresponding period of 2023, recording an increase of 1.6%.

Meanwhile, a total number of 114,110 residents of Cyprus returned from a trip abroad in February 2024 compared to 102,001 in the corresponding month last year, recording an increase of 11.9%.

The main countries they returned from were Greece with a share of 32% (36,481), the United Kingdom with 11.6% (13,288) and Italy with 4.6% (5,306).

The purpose of travel for the residents of Cyprus was mainly holidays, with a percentage of 70.6%, whilst business reasons held a percentage of 23.4%, studies 4.6% and other reasons 1.4%.

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