An increase of 3.8% was recorded in arrivals of travelers to Cyprus in the first eleven months of 2019, mainly due to the significant increase in the return of Cyprus residents, Cyprus Statistical Service announced.
For the period of January – November 2019 arrivals of travelers totaled 5,503,315 compared to 5,301,583 in the corresponding period of 2018, recording an increase of 3.8%. During the same period, an increase of 0.9% was recorded in tourist arrivals and 8.3% in the return of residents of Cyprus.
“An increase of 0.9% was recorded in tourist arrivals and 8.3% in the return of residents of Cyprus.”
The arrivals of travelers in November 2019 reached 309,952 compared to 261,765 in November 2018, recording an increase of 18.4%. The increase is mainly attributed to the arrivals of tourists (6.7%) as well as the return of residents of Cyprus (14.7%). An increase in the arrivals of travelers (3.0%) was also recorded in October 2019 when travelers reached 582,861.
“An increase in the arrivals of travelers (3.0%) was also recorded in October 2019 when travelers reached 582,861.”
Also, the departures of travelers recorded an increase of 14.7% in November 2019 as compared to the corresponding month of the previous year, as well as an increase of 3.8% for the period January – November 2019.
Earlier this month, it was reported that revenue from tourism for the period of January – October 2019 declined by an annual 1.1% recording the first annual drop for the 10-month period since 2014, according to data released by the Cyprus Statistical Service (Cystat).
The expenditure per person for the January – October 2019 period reached €685.22 compared to €697.54 in the corresponding period of 2018, recording a decrease of 1.8%, while per person daily spending for the January – October 2019 period dropped by 0.4% compared to the same period in 2018 (from €75.82 to €76.14), Cystat added.