Cyprus year-on-year visitor arrivals up 7.8% in 2018 February 4, 2019 Travel 67 The idyllic Mediterranean island of Cyprus continues to experience tourism arrival growth, with 2018 results showing a year-on-year visitor increase of 7.8 per cent compared to the previous year. New figures from the Statistical Service of the Ministry of Finance revealed full-year visitor arrivals in 2018 totalled 3,928,625, compared to 3,652,073 in the previous year. The peak summer season between May and September saw Cyprus welcome 2,105,684 visitors alone, representing a 4.7 increase on 2017 arrivals during the same four-month period in 2017. Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates led visitor arrivals growth from the Gulf region, registering year-on-year increases of 32.8 per cent and 3.9 per cent, respectively “The GCC continues to represent a key region for Cyprus and through continued strategic activity and partnerships with leading travel agents and airlines, 2018 was a breakthrough year where we continued building on the awareness and popularity of the island as a tourism destination,” said Christos Demetriou, Regional Office Director – GCC & Middle East, Deputy Ministry of Tourism, Cyprus, which is responsible for organising and promoting tourism within the Republic of Cyprus. Travellers from across the GCC can reach Cyprus in three-four hours, with direct flights operated by Emirates, Gulf Air and Qatar Airways.