Insider Economy March tourism arrivals plunge as lockdown comes into force

March tourism arrivals plunge as lockdown comes into force

Tourism arrivals in March plunged 67.4% following an entry ban on passenger flights imposed on March 15 to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Citing the results of  the Passengers Survey, arrivals of tourists reached 55,342 in March 2020 compared to 169,934  in March 2019, recording a decrease of 67,4%. 

For the period of January – March 2020, arrivals of tourists totaled 246,556 compared to 357,475 in the corresponding period of 2019, recording a decrease of 31.0%.

Analysis of changes

Tourist arrivals from the United Kingdom decreased by 70.2% in March 2020 compared to March 2019, while a decrease of 60.8% was also recorded for tourists from Russia and 66.6% decrease from Greece. .

Main countries

The United Kingdom constitutes the main source of tourism for Cyprus for March 2020, with a proportion of 34.1%, while arrivals from Russia comprise 17.7% of total arrivals, from Greece 8.4%  and from Israel 4.1%.                                                                                       

Purpose of visit

For a percentage of 71.7% of tourists, the purpose of their trip in March 2020 was holidays, for 14.7% visit to friends and relatives and for 13.5% business.

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