Russia provided almost half of the total tourist flow to Cyprus
The Russians are in the first place in terms of the number of tourist arrivals to Cyprus in June. At the same time, tour operators record a significant growth in demand for accommodation in high-quality hotels: now Cyprus attracts more wealthy Russians.
“The volumes of booking tours to Cyprus please the suppliers. Cyprus is one of the few European countries available for Russians, an electronic visa is easy to issue, the flight program is arranged from the regions,” explained Aleksan Mkrtchyan, director of the travel agency network Pink Elephant.
Official statistics confirms the observations of tour operators and travel agencies: Russians are the leaders in arrivals to Cyprus in June, providing 45,8% of tourist traffic. In June, 184 159 tourists spent holidays in Cyprus, of which 84 400 were from Russia.
The decline compared to pre-pandemic times is noticeable. So, in June 2019, just over 117 thousand tourists from Russia were in Cyprus (27,8% more than in June this year). But the share of Russians in June 2019 was exactly two times less than this year: 22,9% of 509,7 thousand tourists.
Judging by the dynamics of current bookings, July 2021 will also demonstrate good figures in the Russian tourist flow, representatives of tour operators believe.
According to the tour operators, the demand for accommodation in high-quality hotels of the 5* category has grown especially brightly.
“This summer's bookings show one characteristic tendency - good expensive hotels are the preferences for Russians. We practically do not book tours to hotels in Cyprus of the 2-3* level, but more than 70% of sales are 5* and good 4* hotels," said the Russian Express company.