This exceeds last year’s figures which were also record-breaking.
Hotels in Paphos say they are experiencing the busiest tourist season ever, and for the first six months of the year, visitor numbers have broken all previous records.
Cystat, the Cyprus Statistical Service announced on their website that for the period of January–June 2017, arrivals totalled 1,463,206 compared to 1,255,240 in the corresponding period of 2016, recording an increase of 16.6 per cent.
In June alone, tourist arrivals were up 14.4 per cent, compared with the same month last year, the highest volume of tourist arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during this specific month.
Tourist arrivals from the UK increased by 1.2 per cent in June, year on year, said Cystat, while an increase of 2.1 per cent was recorded in tourists from Russia. Increases were also recorded from Israel (88.7 per cent) and Sweden (25.4 per cent).