Taken from the Cyprus Mail
Tourist arrivals increased by 5,7% in July, according to the Cyprus` Statistical Service, announcing also an 11.4% increase of Cypriots travelling abroad.
In the first seven months of the year tourist arrivals increased by 5.9% compared to the same period in 2013.
On the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey, tourist arrivals reached 381.955 in July 2014 compared to 361.442 in July 2013, recording an increase of 5,7%.
Arrivals from Russia were up by 20,6% (from 96.641 in July 2013 to 116.582 in July 2014) and arrivals from Israel also increased by a staggering 63,5% (from 6.307 to 10.311 this year).
However, tourist arrivals from the UK were down by 4,1% (127.152 in July 2014 compared to 132.566 in July 2013), from Sweden by 4,3% (17.446 compared to 18.221), from Norway by 13,7% (11.029 compared to 12.787) and from Greece by 9,6% (10.127 compared to 11.205 ).
For the period January – July 2014 arrivals of tourists totaled 1.361.794 compared to 1.285.577 in the corresponding period of 2013, increasing by 5,9%.
On the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey, 129.602 residents of Cyprus returned from a trip abroad in July 2014 compared to 116.321 a year ago, up by 11,4%.
In July there was an increase of 25,6% on the trips of residents to Greece (from 44.757 in July 2013 to 56.195 in July 2014).