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In 2020, tourism was among the sectors most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, due to the travel restrictions as well as other precautionary measures taken in response. In 2020, the number of nights spent at European Union (EU) tourist accommodation establishments totalled 1,4 billion, down by 52 percent compared with 2019.

The Cyprus arrivals of tourists reached 5,047 in February of this year, recording a decrease of 95,2 percent compared to February 2020 (during which 105,592 arrivals were recorded), and a decrease of 95,2 percent compared to February 2019 (with 105,571 arrivals).

On the basis of the results of the Cyprus Passenger Survey carried out by the Statistical Service, revenue from tourism in December 2020 reached EUR9,1 million compared to EUR54,6 million in the corresponding month of 2019, recording a decrease of 83,3 percent.

For the period January – December 2020, revenue from tourism is estimated at EUR392,0 million compared to EUR2.683,0 million in the corresponding period of 2019, recording a decrease of 85,4 percent.

The Cyprus arrivals of tourists reached 3,889 in January of this year recording a decrease of 95,5 percent compared to January 2020, during which 85,.622 arrivals were recorded, and 95,3 percent decrease compared to January 2019 (with 81,970 arrivals).

The arrivals of travellers in December 2020 reached 30,099 compared to 273,714 in December 2019, recording a decrease of 89 percent.

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) says the introduction of new hotel quarantines by the UK government would force the complete collapse of Travel & Tourism as we know it.