British and German tourists stayed away from Cyprus in March but the number of Russian visitors rose as arrivals on the island plunged 16.3% from March 2013, official data showed yesterday.
The 16.3% drop to 77,533 from 92,620 in March 2013 was the largest dip in tourist arrivals for 13 months, and followed an increase recorded in February.
There was a 22.5% drop in the number of holidaymakers from Britain, the island's number one market, falling to 30,368 from 39,170 in March 2013.
The number of tourists arriving from Greece dropped by 12.6% and the number coming from Germany dived 41.5%.
But this was offset by the all-important Russian market, which improved 5.8% on last year.
For the first three months of 2014, tourist arrivals totalled 163,436 compared to 177,233 for the same period of 2013, a drop of 7.8%.
After the first three months Britain (59,604 visitors) remained in top spot, followed by Greece (19,714), Russia (15,714) and Germany (9,810).
In 2013 there was a 2.4% dip in tourist arrivals to the holiday island, down to 2.4 million from 2.46 million in 2012.