Tourist arrivals in October 2021 reach the highest level since the Covid outbreak in Cyprus

Tourist arrivals in Cyprus marked their highest monthly reading since the outbreak of the Covid pandemic in October 2021, with total arrivals for January – October 2021 reaching 1.69 million, lagging significantly behind the pre-covid levels.

According to data released by the Statistical Service of Cyprus (Cystat), the arrivals of tourists reached 391,638 in October 2021, recording an increase of 288.6% compared to October 2020 while compared with October 2019 tourist arrivals in October 2021 were down by 10.3%.

For the period of January – October 2021, arrivals of tourists totalled 1,691,030 compared to 612,975 in the respective period of 2020, recording an increase of 175.9%, and a decrease of 54.3% compared to the period of January – October 2019 (3,697,055 arrivals).

According to Cystat, arrivals from the United Kingdom were the main source of tourism for October 2021, with a share of 31.8% (124,501) of total arrivals, followed by Russia with 19.6% (76,613), Germany with 7.1% (27,623), Poland with 4.1% (16,154), Greece with 4.0% (15,669) and Ukraine with 3.9% (15,254).

For a percentage of 87.2% of tourists, the purpose of their trip in October 2021 was holidays, for 8.3% visit to friends and relatives and for 4.5% business. Respectively, in October 2020, 81,8% of tourists visited Cyprus for holidays, 11.5% visited friends or relatives and 6.6% visited Cyprus for business reasons, Cystat added.



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