Tourism in Cyprus

Tourism in Cyprus

Cyprus recorded a total of 4 m tourists in 2019, ranking 78th in the world in absolute terms.

That smaller countries regularly perform lower in a comparison of the absolute number of guests, is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Cyprus, the result is much more comparable picture: With 3.4 tourists per resident, Cyprus ranked 36th in the world. In Western Asia, it ranked 2nd.

Cyprus generated around 3.25 bn US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 13.63 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 2 percent of all international tourism receipts in Western Asia.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2019 spent about 690 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Cyprus spend as much as 885 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Tourism in Cyprus

Development of the tourism sector in Cyprus from 1995 to 2019

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Cyprus each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all 18 countries in Western Asia.

Tourists per year in Cyprus

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 2.02 bn USD, or about 20.33 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 2.25 m tourists at that time and roughly 896 USD per person. Within 24 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased substantially. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 3.25 bn USD, accounting for 13.01 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 788 USD for his holiday in Cyprus.

Tourism receipts in Cyprus per year

All data for Cyprus in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
20194.12 m3.25 bn $13.01 %788 $
20184.02 m3.45 bn $13.63 %857 $
20173.75 m3.27 bn $14.40 %873 $
20163.29 m2.87 bn $13.70 %873 $
20152.78 m2.53 bn $12.73 %909 $
20142.56 m2.92 bn $12.63 %1,143 $
20132.63 m2.93 bn $12.26 %1,116 $
20122.64 m2.60 bn $10.42 %988 $
20112.63 m2.60 bn $9.4 %991 $
20102.45 m2.14 bn $8.3 %872 $
20092.37 m2.46 bn $9.5 %1,036 $
20082.63 m3.20 bn $11.50 %1,217 $
20072.67 m3.10 bn $12.92 %1,160 $
20062.63 m2.67 bn $13.32 %1,017 $
20052.66 m2.62 bn $14.21 %986 $
20042.48 m2.55 bn $14.74 %1,030 $
20032.42 m2.32 bn $15.94 %960 $
20022.50 m2.12 bn $18.53 %848 $
20012.84 m2.18 bn $20.97 %767 $
20002.91 m2.10 bn $21.02 %721 $
19992.58 m2.09 bn $19.92 %811 $
19982.36 m1.92 bn $18.76 %816 $
19972.19 m1.85 bn $19.39 %844 $
19962.09 m1.91 bn $19.03 %912 $
19952.25 m2.02 bn $20.33 %896 $

All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.

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