Cyprus tourist numbers already surpass total for last year

Cyprus tourist numbers already surpass total for last year

UK tourists to Cyprus have already exceeded last year’s total of more than 1.1 million by 6.4%.

Arrivals from the UK for January to October 7.9% were up on the same period in 2016, new figures from the Cyprus Tourism Organisation show.

October saw a 0.5% increase UK visitors with 134,575 arrivals compared to 133,889 in the same month last year.

Global tourist arrivals to Cyprus reached 3.4 million, up 6.9% on the whole of last year and a jump of almost 15% on the equivalent January to October period to 2.9 million.

CTO UK director Orestis Rossides, who is set to retire after 30 years, said: “We’re delighted to have already surpassed 2016’s arrival figures by the end of October 2017.

“As well as being popular in the summer, Cyprus is a great destination for winter sun and we look forward to welcoming visitors from across the globe throughout the rest of the year.”

Tour operator Sunvil also announced a 30% rise in passenger numbers to Cyprus in 2017 compared with 2016, and said it has plans to build on this increase in 2018.

The tailor-made specialist said the island had predominantly attracted couples and older travellers and is a year-round destination.

“Spring flowers are also a great reason to visit”, said Rachel Jelley, Sunvil’s marketing manager. “And spring starts very early in Cyprus – from mid/late February onwards, with the bright yellow mimosa blossom that’s seen everywhere.”

2018 will bethe 48th year Sunvil has promoted Cyprus, the third largest Mediterranean island.

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