Cyprus Recorded a Robust Tourism Year in 2022, Despite COVID-19 & War in Ukraine

Cyprus welcomed more than three million tourists between January and November 2022, exceeding the number of arrivals recorded during 2021.

According to data from the Cystat statistical service of Cyprus, a total of 3.09 million tourists arrived in the country during the eleven months of 2022, which is almost 68 percent more than the 1.8 million tourists registered in 2021, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Tourism experienced an even stronger boost compared to 2020 levels, when 621,927 arrivals were recorded, which is related to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Another strong blow apart from COVID-19 is expected to hit the Cypriot tourism sector in 2022, due to the war in Ukraine and the sanctions imposed against Russia. However, the country managed to cope with the decrease in the number of Russian tourists, as there was an increase in arrivals from EU countries such as Poland, Denmark, Germany, France and Hungary. Moreover, tourists from European countries marked historical records in arrivals to Cyprus this year.

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Furthermore, arrivals recorded in January – November 2022 reached 80 percent of the levels recorded in the same period in 2019, when no COVID-19 restrictions were imposed, and Cyprus witnessed a historic record year for tourist arrivals.

Compared to 2021, during which the world faced limited travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, tourism arrivals increased by 60 percent. However, arrivals in November alone reached 149,857 – up 0.6% from 148,973 in 2021.

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The majority of tourists registered in 2022 came from the United Kingdom, representing 38,265 tourists or 25.5 percent of all arrivals. Israel follows in second place with 17,380 tourists (11.6 percent of the total number of tourists), in addition to Greece (15,190), Germany (15,065) and Poland (13,759).

The tourism industry in all European countries experienced a boom in 2022, with a total of 879 million trips recorded.

As revealed by the European Office of Statistics, Eurostat, the number of trips for tourism purposes increased by 23% compared to 2020, when 713 million trips were made.

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“In 2021, trips to other EU countries accounted for 12 percent of all tourist trips (compared to 11 percent in 2020 and 20 percent in 2019). On the other hand, the number of trips with a destination outside the EU accounted for only three percent of all tourist trips (compared to three percent in 2020 and eight percent in 2019). Eurostat explains.

The same source notes that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the tourism pattern for many travelers, as last year and in 2020, Europeans spent about 85% of their trips within their home countries, compared to 73% of domestic trips recorded in 2019.

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