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larnaca airportAn increase of 2.8 per cent in tourist arrivals in March compared to the same month last year means a new record for visitors, the Statistical Service announced on Tuesday.

Russians and Greeks continue to play a big role in the increase with year-on-year arrivals from Russia up by 55.1 per cent in March and from Greece up 10.7 per cent.


Other contributors for the growth in numbers are markets such as Israel which with 9,983 arrivals increased by 94.9 per cent from March last year (5,122).

Conversely, tourism from the UK decreased by 7.9 per cent, down from 59,282 to 54,571.

However, the United Kingdom remains the main source of tourists, followed by Russia, with a share of 38.7 and 14.1 per cent, respectively.  Greece has a share of 9.6 per cent and Israel 7.1 per cent.

The Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) said that the last 12-month period (April 2016 to March 2017) was the best-ever on record, with 3.22 million arrivals.

 (Cyprus Mail)