Cyprus tourism will partially recover in May

Tourist arrivals in Cyprus in May increased significantly compared to the same month last year. However, they were still low compared to May 2019 and there was a clear loss from the Russian and Ukrainian markets.

According to the Cyprus Statistics Service (CyStat), the number of visitor arrivals in May 2022 reached 315,018, compared to 100,852 recorded in May 2021. To Covid-19. The number of tourists reached 434,578 in May 2019, of which 104,221 came from Russia and Ukraine.

On the contrary, arrivals from the United Kingdom have recovered and were the main source of tourism in Cyprus last month, accounting for 40.1% (126,324) of total arrivals. In May 2019, arrivals from the United Kingdom reached 156,820. No other market seems to have made a significant contribution to the arrival of tourists. However, when arrivals from Poland were only 10,427 in May 2019, arrivals from Poland, which had a share of 7.4% (23,197) of total arrivals, increased.

In May 2022, 6.9% (21,749) of total tourists came from Israel, 6.5% (20,592) from Germany, 5.1% (15,943) from Sweden and 4.4% (13,905) from Greece.

During the January-May 2022 period, tourist arrivals reached 849,058, with corresponding periods of 156,825 in 2021, 246,556 in 2020 and 1,121,361 in 2019.

With 79.5% of visitors, the purpose of the trip in May 2022 was holidays, 12.5% ​​visited friends and relatives, and 7.9% were on business trips. In May 2021, 80.7% of visitors traveled to Cyprus on vacation, 9.8% visited friends and relatives, and 9.4% stayed in Cyprus for business reasons.

According to CyStat data, the total number of Cyprus inhabitants returning from overseas travel in May 2022 was 135,661, an increase of 483.5% compared to 23,251 in the same month last year.

In May 2019, the last May of Covid-19 without travel restrictions, the number of Cyprus inhabitants who traveled abroad reached 141,709.

The main countries where Cyprus residents returned in May 2022 were the United Kingdom (25.3%), Greece (25.0%), Germany (4.7%) and Italy (4.6%).

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