An official announcement, based on the results of a Passengers Service Survey, reported that tourist arrivals reached 101,481 during February this year, compared to 82,209 year-on-year, recording an increase of 23.4 percent.
The Service added that, for the period of January to February this year, tourist arrivals totalled 177,348, compared to 144,820 year-on-year, recording an increase of 22.5 percent and outnumbering the total arrivals ever recorded on the island during the first two months of the year.
Tourist arrivals from the UK increased by 29.5 percent during February this year, compared to February 2017, while an increase of 11.3 percent was recorded for tourists from Greece. Increases were also recorded from other important tourist markets including Israel (63.8 percent) and Germany (86.7 percent).
There was, however, a 17 percent tourist arrivals decline from Russia. The UK constituted the main source of tourism for Cyprus for February this year, with a proportion of 35.1 percent.
Taking a leisure holiday was the main purpose for their trip for the majority (62.6 percent) of February’s total arrivals.