NICOSIA – Ukraine’s volatile situation affects tourist arrivals in Cyprus, but the island’s Tourism Organisation’s chief said on Monday that Russian inflow could make up for that loss of revenue.
Cyprus Tourism Organisation director general Marios Hannides also said that in the past couple of years tourism from Ukraine had increased. Specifically, 33.680 Ukrainian visitors came over last year with a growth rate reaching 76% compared with 2012.
But campaigning in Russia with the country’s seven largest tour operators promised additional tourist arrivals compared with other years.
“The only difficulty is the devaluation of the ruble against the euro,” he noted.
Cyprus was perceived negatively in Russia last year because of the banking sectors’ collapse which affected many of the country’s businessmen based here.
But this year, the numbers could be much higher following successful campaigning.