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Wunderbar Cyprus! Paphos pins hopes on German holidaymakers

Paphos is hopeful for a surge in tourists from Germany this year.

New data, including information gleaned at the recent ITB in Berlin, suggests German holidaymakers could plug the hole left by Russians and Israelis. Paphos lamented the loss of around 100,000 tourists from Israel this year due to the conflict with Hamas.

Estimates are based on several factors, including projected air traffic and expression of interest from German tour operators. In recent years Germans have become familiar with Paphos, largely due to weekly flights connecting the resort to Berlin and Cologne.

According to local media, Germany is considered a ‘high priority market’ which could also help boost winter tourism given the freezing conditions in northern Europe.

Tourism authorities are also happy with the flow of traffic from Britain, which remains the largest market. In fact, arrivals from the United Kingdom were the main source of tourism for February 2024, with a share of 24,6% (30.774) of total arrivals, followed by Poland with 13,3% (16.591), Israel with 10,6% (13.290), and Greece with 10,3% (12.835).

Last month Ryanair confirmed it is to launch a new route from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Paphos.

Famagusta Gazette