Cypriots like short destinations and good hotels, with CTO figures showing 172,000 Cypriots staying at licensed accommodation in the first five months of 2018, 40% of them at four and five star hotels.
The CTO’s figures show a total of 260,000 overnight stays in licensed accommodation in the same period, a 5.7% increase over the same period last year. Overnight stays at hotels was up 6.1% with the biggest increase registered among Cypriots staying in traditional housing — up 10% to 16,831. In contrast, overnight stays in licensed holiday apartments fell by 18%.
Paphos has the lion’s share of overnight stays (91,267) — effectively unchanged over the previous year — followed by Limassol with 91,267, down 5.1%. Mountain resorts recorded a 2.6% increase with 33,898 overnight stays while the free Famagusta area saw a 34.1% jump.