Over 1,200 tourists from Iran will have visited Cyprus by Thursday to celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year, which is marked on March 21, according to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA).

Around 1,000 have already visited the island and the influx is expected to continue until April 2 with the majority of the 1,200 travellers staying in Larnaca and arranging local tours in the city.

Departures from Iran began on March 19 with six charter flights booked. The influx has been a breath of fresh air for the tourism industry in Larnaca during a period where reservations are limited, travel agents said.

Nowruz, which means ‘New Day’ is celebrated by people with various religious backgrounds but is a holy day for Zoroastrians.

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