Cyprus sees 43% rise in April tourist arrivals

The number of tourist arrivals to Cyprus jumped by 43 percent in April compared with last year, an indication of what could be a bumper summer for the economy, the government's statistical service said Monday.

The sharp jump was led by a rise in tourists from Britain, Russia and Germany, the figures released by the service showed.

A total of 199,762 tourists visited Cyprus in April against 139,658 in the same month last year, "making it the largest monthly rise in several years," the statistical service said.

It said tourist arrivals for the first four months to April rose 17.6 percent from last year to 405,463.

This spike in April was triggered by a sizeable 29.1 percent jump in British tourists numbering 80,998.

The data showed the number of British visitors during the first four months to April too was up by 2.8 percent over the same period last year.

April also saw a hike of 74 percent in Russian tourists numbering 18,987 and a 30.8 percent rise in German arrivals also numbering 18,987.

The number of holidaymakers visiting Cyprus had hit a high of 2.69 million in 2001. Income from tourism accounts for nearly 12 percent of Cyprus's gross domestic product.

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