Tourism in Cyprus
Tourism in Cyprus occupies a dominant position in the economy of Cyprus. Tourism significantly impacts the economies, cultures, and the development of Cyprus. In 2006, it was expected to contribute 10.7% of GDP which in real terms it generated US$5,445.0 mn in the same year. In 2006, the total employment was estimated at 113,000 jobs, however due to the recent Cypriot financial crisis the numbers of jobs in the sector are decreasing.
With over 2 million tourist arrivals per year, it is the 40th most popular destination in the world. However, per capita of local population it ranks 6th. Cyprus became a full member of the UNWTO when the organisation was created in 1975.
According to the World Economic Forum's 2013 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index, Cyprus' tourism industry ranks 29th in the world in terms of overall competitiveness. In terms of Tourism Infrastructure, in relation to the tourism industry Cyprus ranks 1st in the world.
Arrivals by country
Northern Europe represents the lion's share of tourist arrivals. Over 50% of visitors come from Great Britain a traditional source of tourism for the island. Several factors contribute to this, including widely spoken English, the traditional links from British colonialism and the presence of British military bases at Akrotiri and Dhekelia. The downturn in the British economy in the late 2000s was reflected in a drop in tourist arrivals highlighting the overreliance of Cyprus' tourist industry on one customer. In 2009 efforts were underway to boost arrivals from other countries.
Tourists arrivals by country (2009):
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With some of the most popular and cleanest beaches in Europe, much of the tourist industry relies on "sea sun and sand" to attract tourists. This reflects in the seasonal distribution of tourist arrivals with a disproportionate number arriving during the summer months. Whereas most eastern resorts like Protaras and Ayia Napa lie dormant in the winter months the west of the island remains open to tourism with the promotion of Cypriot history culture, art and specialized sports such as golf and tennis has a wider distribution. Greek and Turkish are the main languages spoken by the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot communities respectively. English is widely spoken. French and German are also well spoken within the tourist industry.
The Cyprus Tourism Organization (CTO)
The CTO has a status of a semi-governmental organisation charged with overseeing the industry practices and promoting the island as a tourism destination abroad. In 2007 the CTO spent a reported €20 million on promotion.
- Cyprus Museum
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- Climate of Cyprus
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- Tombs of the Kings
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- Cyprus Tourism Organisation
- Tourism Cluster initiative Cyprus
- Heart Cyprus Tourism Portal
- Larnaka Tourism Board
- Paphos Tourism Board
- Limassol Tourism Board
- Limassol Tourism Company