Sun shines for Cyprus as rise in GCC visitors fuels soaring tourism numbers for idyllic island destination
Visitor figures witness 30 per cent year-on-year rise, with GCC arrivals up by almost 10 per cent for Q1 2018
Record numbers revealed as Cyprus Tourism Organisation readies to showcase all that island has to offer Arabian Travel Market
The idyllic Mediterranean island of Cyprus continues to strengthen its position as a holiday hotspot with tourism numbers soaring in the first quarter of 2018, following a record-breaking 12 months in 2017.
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Favoured by holidaymakers and business travellers from the GCC due to its proximity, climate and all it has to offer, Cyprus reported double-digit growth in arrivals in 2017. The impressive growth continued through the first three months of this year, with visitor numbers up 29.3 per cent compared with the same period in 2017, according new data released by the Statistical Service of the Cyprus Ministry of Finance. Arrivals from the GCC (excluding Oman) registered an overall 9.68 per cent increase during the same period, with Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates leading the growth, reporting 35.7 per cent and 14.2 per cent increases respectively.
The impressive figures highlight the island’s appeal to all traveller segments, say Cyprus Tourism officials, and bode well for Cyprus Tourism Organisation’s (CTO) participation in Arabian Travel Market 2018, which runs from today until Wednesday, April 25 at Dubai World Trade Centre.
“Cyprus truly is a year-round destination and through a carefully considered strategic push over the past 12 months, we have been successful in positioning the island for both leisure and corporate travellers looking to explore all that Cyprus has to offer,” said Marinos Menelaou, Acting Director General at Cyprus Tourism Organisation, which is responsible for organising and promoting tourism within the Republic of Cyprus.
“The GCC and wider Middle East represents a key market for Cyprus’ tourism industry and speaking to our partners prior to Arabian Travel Market, the majority expect business from the region to grow by 15-20 per cent this year.”
The Cyprus pavilion at Arabian Travel Market will showcase the island’s key landmarks and tourism destinations, such as the popular Troodos Mountains and picture-perfect coastline and beaches.
Hospitality complements Tourism
Leading the Cyprus hospitality charge at Arabian Travel Market, Four Seasons Hotel, Amathus Beach Hotel, and GrandResort Hotel Limassol, will each highlight their family-friendly proposition and recent renovation projects, with the aim of attracting a greater number of visitors from the GCC.
“Creating the perfect environment for our guests is paramount to the GrandResort Management. Our 2018 renovation includes many public areas as well as the complete recreation of the Anthea Breakfast Restaurant,” Costas Hadjicostis, General Manager, GrandResort Hotel Limassol, said. “Adding to the extensive 2017 renovation of our guest rooms and meeting the needs of every guest we have created the brand new Garden View Family Suites, providing a separate parent-child area and a spacious sun deck.”
Supported by 17 travel and tourism stakeholders comprising leading hotels, destination attractions, DMC partners and regional tourism boards at Arabian Travel Market, Cyprus Tourism Organisation will highlight recent developments in its diverse tourism offering that are driving the destination’s year-round appeal.
Representatives from Cyprus Tourism Organisation and its partners will be available to share updates and future plans at stand EU6440 during Arabian Travel Market 2018, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre between 23-25 April.
Cyprus is the third largest island in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea. As a fully-fledged member of the European Union (EU), Cyprus is the closest European destination for GCC travellers. Providing a wealth of history, culture and nature, international travellers can experience a diverse array of outdoor activities, nature pursuits, relaxing retreats and cultural explorations across the island all year-round.