Chinese tourists on Cyprus Tourism Organisation radar


Cyprus Tourism Organisation has announced its ambition to attract 400,000 Chinese tourists.


Commenting on the current difficulties tourists from China are facing when it comes to travelling to Cyprus, Angelos Loizou, chairman at Cyprus Tourism Organisation, stated: “Once the problem is solved (visas for Chinese nationals), we will aim to attract around 400,000 Chinese tourists to Cyprus.”


With President Nicos Anastasiades due to visit China on October 15, Loizou added that he would be accompanied by a delegation from the Cyprus Tourism Organisation to find out why efforts to attract tourists have thus far proven unsuccessful.


At present travellers from the UK remain the island’s biggest incoming market, followed by Russia, Greece, Sweden, Germany and Israel. Pafos and Polis were are the top two destinations for tourists visiting the island followed by Famagusta, Limassol, Larnaka and Nicosia, according to Loizou.


Cyprus Tourism Organisation statistics revealed that arrivals from January to August 2015 saw an increase, excluding June, while April and August witnessed record numbers. Winter 2014/15, welcomed a 67.7 per cent increase in arrivals from Israel, 49 per cent from the Middle East, and 22.4 per cent from Germany.