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June 2016 tourist arrivals up 23%

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The number of tourist arrivals in June 2016 rose 23% to 413,114 compared with the respective month of 2015, as the number of visitors from almost all major markets continued to rise, the statistical service said.

In the first half of the year, Cyprus saw total arrivals increase an annual 21% to 1,255,240, partly on regional geopolitical events, Cystat said in a statement on its website.

Arrivals from the UK, traditionally Cyprus’ largest market of incoming tourists, which decided on June 23 to exit the European Union, rose 21% in June to 148,812 while those from Russia, Cyprus’ second largest market, rose 42% to 127,244, Cystat said. Arrivals from Greece and Israel rose 30% and 59% to 16,559 and 14,864 respectively, while those from Germany dropped 4.1% last month to 9,508.

In a separate statement, Cystat said that the number of Cyprus residents who travelled abroad in June rose 5.8% to 100,764 compared with the respective month of 2015.

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