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Ministry of Finance, Statistical Service



15/05/2002
NEW PUBLICATION: TOURISM AND TRAVEL STATISTICS, MAR 2002

1. The Statistical Service announces that in March 2002 the number of arrivals covering all categories of travellers (including excursionists) reached 197.903 recording an increase of 4,9% compared to the corresponding month last year. For the period January-March 2002 arrivals of travellers reached 411.750 compared to 427.115 in the corresponding period of 2001, recording a decrease of 3,6%.

2. Arrivals of tourists reached 138.625 in March 2002 compared to 137.577 in the corresponding month last year, recording an increase of 0,8%. For the period January-March 2002 arrivals of tourists reached 264.642 compared to 285.358 in the corresponding period of 2001, i.e. a decrease of 7,3%.
The main countries of tourist arrivals in March 2002 were the United Kingdom with 51,0%, Germany with 14,6%, Greece with 5,4%, Israel with 3,3%, Russia with 3,0%, Finland with 2,6% and Sweden with 2,0%. The overwhelming majority, 84,4% of tourist arrivals was from countries of the European Union.

3. In March 2002, 54.815 residents of Cyprus returned from a trip abroad compared to 39.853 in the corresponding month last year. For the period January-March 2002, 136.444 residents returned from a trip abroad compared to 119.705 in the corresponding period last year recording an increase of 14,0%.

4. In March 2002 the number of same-day visitors reached 2.290 of which 537 were same-day tourists and 1.753 excursionists. Long-term immigrants numbered 909 and short-term immigrants 1.053.
Further information can be obtained from the report "Tourism and Travel Statistics, March 2002, No. 182".









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