Bumper tourism year for Cyprus

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The majority of tourists visited from the UK, followed by Mainland Europe and Russia

CYPRUS has enjoyed the best ever year for tourism, with a huge boost in holidaymakers and revenues.

Officials are now keen to keep the momentum moving and ensure the bumper year can be repeated in 2017.

Figures show that the UK and Russia constitute the main sources of tourism – with 35 percent of arrivals being Brits, followed by 27.2 percent from Russia.

Arrivals from Sweden stood at 4.6 percent, whilst visitors from Israel accounted for 4.2 percent of holidaymakers.

Even in September – as the season normally winds down arrivals from the UK increased by 3.0 percent year-on –year. A massive boost of 51.8 percent was recorded for tourists coming from Russia.

In August revenues from tourism reached €392.2 million, compared to €358.5 million on 2015.

Tourists from the Netherlands are among the big spenders, with €1,055.75 per capita while Polish tourists spend the least, with €610.63.

The huge boom in arrivals also saw the main airports record brisk business. Over one million passengers passed through Paphos and Larnaca airports last month – marking a new all time record.

Between 1st and 31st of October 2016, 270,983 passengers travelled through Paphos, whilst 738,275 passengers travelled through Larnaca.

Overall, both international airports of Cyprus, handled 1,009,258 passengers during October; an increase of 31.5 percent or 767,321 more passengers than the same period last year.

Meanwhile, JET2 have announced they will increase their flight services between East Midlands airport and Paphos next year.

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