This year will be the best year as regards tourist arrivals and revenue from tourism in the history of Cyprus, Acting Director General of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) Annita Demetriadou has stressed.
Speaking at a press conference on the occasion of the World Tourism Day, celebrated every year on the 27th of September, she said that according to CTO`s estimations, 2016 will be the year during which more than three million tourists will have visited the island, while revenue from tourism is also expected to increase by more than 13,7% compared to last year, surpassing 2,3 billion euro.
“I would like to underline that all months in 2016, for which we have statistical data, have shown an increase, and the eight months (January – August) were the best eight months ever recorded as regards tourist arrivals”, she pointed out.
She also said that the increase in the first eight months of 2016 stands at 19.2% compared to last year, or 2.2 million tourists in real numbers.
The past four months (May – August 2016) are considered as record months, since they are the most successful ones recorded in the history of tourist arrivals in Cyprus. July 2016 saw the most tourist arrivals.
Demetriadou described as excellent the results of the last winter season (November 2015- March 2016) which showed an increase of 33%.
The CTO is focusing its efforts on attracting tourists from other markets such as Israel, Iran, the Golf countries, even China and India. Its aim is to further improve Cyprus` tourism product and keep prices stable, she said.
“Tourism for All-Promoting Universal Accessibility` is the motto of this year`s World Tourism Day.
On this occasion, Demetriadou pointed out that Cyprus needs to improve issues concerning accessibility and referred to CTO`s actions towards this end.
She announced CTO`s `Short escapes – Great experiences` program which begins on the 7 of October and lasts until the last weekend of June. The program offers weekend escapes all over Cyprus in low prices. It also combines excursions to places of picturesque scenery. More details and reservations under www.cyprusshortescapces.com