The Republic of Cyprus has shown a 7.9-percent rise in tourist arrivals for August 2012 compared with the same month last year (2011), thanks to Russian holidaymakers, official data showed on Monday.
The total number of tourist arrivals on the Mediterranean island reached 363,573 in August 2012 from 337,013 in the same month of 2011, according to the state statistical office.
The surge was largely attributed to the arrival of 79,291 tourists from Russia, up 55 percent in August compared with the same month in 2011.
There were also 13.5 percent more holidaymakers from Germany (to 13,616), a 6.9 percent hike from Sweden (18,545), a 25.6 percent rise from Israel (6,688) and a 14.6 percent increase from France (5,697).
Arrivals for the first eight months of 2012 rose 3.5 percent on year to 1.72 million, including an estimate for March when no survey was conducted, according to the data.
Over the same period, Russia cemented its place as the island's second biggest market, while Germany recaptured third place and Greece pipped Sweden for fourth spot.
Annual tourism revenue in Cyprus rose to its highest level for three years in 2011, reaching 1.75 billion euros (2.30 billion dollars).
Income from tourism accounts for around 12 percent of Cyprus' gross domestic product.
In addition to the traditional beach and water-sports orientated tourism industry, the Republic of Cyprus also offers, and is promoting a diversity of tourist activities including:
- Mountain Biking
- Sports and Health