New Travel Statistics Reveal a Rise in Tourism in Cyprus

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New figures released by the government of Cyprus reveal that more tourists are booking Cyprus holidays compared to 2009.

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Cyprus’ tourism industry has received a much-needed boost with the release of holiday figures from August and September, which show a significant rise in the number of foreign tourists visiting the island compared to the same time last year. The findings, which were released earlier this month by the Statistical Service of the Republic of Cyprus, could even mark the start of an upward trend in bookings for Cyprus holidays.

Ian Raine of online holiday firm says: “These new figures are very promising, as Cyprus was severely affected by the recession, which saw tourism, one of the island’s main sources of income drop from 1.79 billion euros to 1.49 billion euros in 2009. But these figures show that the tourism industry is showing signs of recovery, as tourism revenue went up by 2.7% in August, and tourist numbers to the island rose 4.7% in September, when visitor numbers reached 289,126 compared to 276,178 in September 2009.”

The findings of the Statistical Service of the Republic of Cyprus also reveal that tourist numbers to the island have been steadily growing over the past year, with more holidaymakers choosing to book breaks like all inclusive Cyprus holidays which has then led to tourist arrivals to Cyprus rise by 1.3% over the first nine months of 2010. The Cyprian government also predicts that Cyprus’ finances will grow by at least 0.5% this year, and this unexpected result from the tourism sector, which, the government believe, could lead to a final growth figure of 0.8%.

Raine continues: “Last year was a very difficult time for everyone involved in the tourism industry, and Cyprus was no different. But these figures make for very encouraging reading, as they show that it’s not just the holiday industry that it recovering from the recession, but holidaymakers too, as bookings for Cyprus holidays are gradually increasing, which is a good omen for holiday bookings in summer 2011.”

Information for editors: is part of The Holiday Discount Centre, a member of ABTA (J4901) and Advantage (the largest travel consortium in the UK). Based in the UK, they have over 30 experienced travel advisors and have booked over 300,000 passengers via the internet. are not owned by any major tour operator, allowing them to offer free impartial travel advice and promote a wider range of holiday offers from various suppliers including Thomson, First Choice, Thomas Cook and many more.

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