Cyprus sees 43% rise in April tourist arrivals
Tuesday 17 May 2011
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.
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 2 This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football
- 4 Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries
- 5 Obama: The only people with the right to object to immigration are Native Americans
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'
Ed Miliband's 'north London set' must be demolished to save Labour, say critics
Green Party Caroline Lucas interview: 'We could be on the edge of something very big'
£40000 - £60000 per annum + £100,000 OTE: h2 Recruit Ltd: Birmingham, Derby, L...
£55000 - £65000 per annum: Investigo: My client, a global leader in their fiel...
£45000 - £52000 per annum + bonus+bens : Investigo: My client, a global leader...
£40000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits : Investigo: One of the fastest growing g...