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January 29, 2023

Cyprus Registered 3.2 Million Tourists Last Year

Cyprus welcomed 3.2 million tourists last year, despite the absence of 800,000 Russian and Ukrainian tourists because of the war.

The recently released data show that after the lifting of travel regulations for COVID-19, visitor arrivals increased by 65 per cent ​​in 2022, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

In 2022, tourism in Cyprus recovered to about 80 per cent of the levels before the pandemic, and according to the Financial Mirror, the island has about 700,000 fewer tourists than in the record year of 2019, when arrivals peaked at 3.9 million.

In this regard, the head of tourism in Cyprus, Savvas Perdios, said that the conclusion drawn from last year is that Cyprus tourism is more resilient and that now Cypriot tourism does not depend on the Russian market.

He also added that the results of 2022 are positive, mentioning, in particular, the income, which was 90 per cent in 2019.

Minister Pedrios revealed that based on the available data, the per capita spending of tourists in Cyprus for 2022 was €760, while in Greece €646, marking an increase of 12 per cent compared to 2019.

Poland, France, Italy, Denmark, Austria, and Hungary marked historic record arrivals for 2022, while Germany and Switzerland set 20-year records.

Moreover, compared to 2019, last year’s total arrivals from the EU countries saw an increase of 24 per cent, with arrivals from Poland alone increasing by 133 per cent, followed by France with 98 per cent, Denmark by 67 per cent, Austria, Hungary, and Italy by an increase of 58 per cent and Germany increasing with 31 per cent.

Data from the Cyprus Statistical Service, Cystat also reveals that Cyprus received more than three million tourists between January and November 2022, surpassing the number of arrivals recorded during 2021.

The same emphasises that a total of 3.09 million tourists arrived in the country during the eleven months of last year, which means almost 68 per cent more than the 1.8 million tourists registered in 2021.

At the same time, tourism experienced an even stronger growth compared to 2020 levels, when 621,927 arrivals were recorded.

In December last year, Cyprus registered 110,041 tourists, up from 96,928 in December 2021, marking an increase of 13.5 per cent.

Furthermore, the main source of tourism for the month of December was the United Kingdom with a percentage of 24.3 per cent or 26,708 tourists, followed by Israel with 17.1 per cent or 18,801 visitors, Greece with 11 per cent or 12,055 travellers, Poland with 8.5 per cent or 9,316 tourists and Germany with 4.5 per cent or 4976 tourists.