A substantial annual increase of over 40% was recorded in tourism revenue for May as holiday arrivals climbed.
According to the official data, tourism revenue in May – when 420,000 tourists arrived – reached €311.0 mln from €221.0 mln in the same month last year, marking an increase of 40.7%.
For the five months of January – May, tourism revenues amounted to €728.6 mln, marking a notable 34.2% surge compared to the same period in 2022 when it was €543.0 mln.
Per capita spending by tourists in May was €740.36, showing a rise of 5.5% from €701.44 in May 2022.
British tourists, constituting the largest tourist market with a 36.6% share, spent an average of €89.83 daily.
Israeli tourists, the second-largest market with an 8.9% share, spent a daily average of €136.11 and Polish tourists, the third-largest market, with 7.3%, spent €79.46 per day.
Tourists from Lebanon had the highest per capita daily spend in May, with €193.89, followed by Austrian tourists with €123.07, Dutch tourists with €120.53, and tourists from the United States with €119.97.
Greek visitors were the most frugal, with an average daily spend of €41.78.
The average length of stay in May was 8.5 days from 8.8 days the year before.
Tourism is a key contributor to the economy generating around 15% of Cyprus’ GDP.
Annual income from tourism has improved for five consecutive months compared to last year.