News Local Tourist market experts sceptical over the number of Russian tourists in Cyprus

Tourist market experts sceptical over the number of Russian tourists in Cyprus

Cyprus’ heavy dependence on two or three countries could be arguably described as a plague for the island’s tourism sector. An analysis of  the CTO’s records shows that over the years, the United Kingdom supplies Cyprus with the highest number of tourists.

Now, the Russian market is on the front line. More specifically, 108,821 Russian tourists visited Cyprus in 2002. Within a period of 15 years, their numbers have shot up by 650% — in 2017, the number of Russian tourists peaked at 824,494, with the Russian market accounting for 22.6% of total arrivals for 2017.

Overall,  tourist arrivals have more than tripled, rising from 900,727 tourists back in 1986 to the more than 3.6 million visitors  the country welcomed in 2017.

Growing scepticism over Russian tourists

In 2017, tourist arrivals peaked at 3,652,073, compared to 3,186,531 in 2016, marking an increase of 14.6% and setting a record. Larnaca and Paphos airports saw record breaking annual traffic figures, as both airports welcomed 10 million passengers in 2017.

Stakeholders had anticipated that Cyprus will welcome more that 4 million tourists in 2018. However, after Easter, hoteliers and travel agents have expressed a growing scepticism over the trend, despite the rise in arrivals in the first four months of the year. Particular concern was raised about the Russian market, due to a possible negative impact from the opening up of Turkey and Egypt.

 

Top Stories

Five new corona virus cases detected out of 2,581 tests

According to the Epidemiological Surveillance Unit of the Ministry of Health 5 new cases of the SARS-CoV-II virus were detected out of a total...

Ministry of Interior on obtaining a Special Entry Permit to the Republic of Cyprus

The Ministry of Interior announced that the requirement for obtaining a Special Entry Permit to the Republic of Cyprus applies only to persons coming...

Measures taken at Cyprus’ airports to reduce passenger congestion

A number of measures were decided on Monday in order to avoid passenger congestion observed at the airports, Yiannis Karousos, Minister of Transport, Communications...

New yellow alert for extremely high temperatures for Tuesday

Yet another yellow alert for extremely high temperatures for Tuesday issued – in effect from 1pm to 5pm. Temperatures are expected to rise to 40°C,...

Mother who killed 12-year-old son in 2019 acquitted by way of insanity

The 40-year-old woman who stabbed her 12-year-old son to death in August 2019 was found innocent by way of insanity and was acquitted by...

Taste

Octopus ‘Kathisto’ (or Octopus braised in Wine)

Ingredients: 1/2 cup Greek extra virgin olive oil 2 medium onions, chopped fine 1 large octopus, about 2kg (cleaned and kept whole) 3/4 cup dry red wine 1/3 cup...

Homemade lemonade

Ingredients: 1 cup lemon juice 1 cup sugar Method: Thoroughly wash the lemons with soap and warm water. Roll each lemon with the palm of your hand, pressing...

‘Striftaria’ mini cheese pies

Ingredients 1 ½ cup milk 2 tbsps. flour 4 tsps. of butter 3 eggs, slightly beaten + 1 extra with 1 tbs. of milk for spreading 1 pack of...

Mini potato canapes baked on salt

Ingredients Serves: 12 1kg small Cypriot potatoes rock salt, as needed 250g salted butter 300ml full fat cremé frâiche 1 pot cod or salmon roe Method Prep:20min › Cook:35min › Ready in:55min Take...