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Tourist arrivals in Cyprus up 11%, outbound travel drops

18 July, 2014

Tourist arrivals rose 11% in June to 342,221 tourists, compared to 308,219 in the same month last year, according to the statistical service Cystat announced.
Based on the monthly Passenger Survey, an increase of 0.6% was recorded in tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom, from 111,156 in June 2013 to 111,792 in June 2014.
Arrivals from Russia also increased, up 22.1% from 96,618 to 117,960 this year.
However, a decrease of 1.9% in arrivals was recorded from Sweden (17,065 in June 2014 compared to 17,393 in June 2013), -3.1% from Norway (9,733 from 10,049) and -6.8% from Greece (8,584 from 9,206).
For the four-month period of January-June, tourist arrivals were up 6% at 979,838 from 924,135 in the same period last year.
Meanwhile, the number of residents of Cyprus travelling abroad dropped 12.4% in June, compared to the same month last year.
In all, 100,713 residents of Cyprus returned from a trip abroad in June, compared to 114,982 in June 2013.
There was a 27.9% decrease in trips of residents to the United Kingdom, from 35,829 in June 2013 to 25,835 in June 2014.