ECONOMY

Fewer visitors, tourist spending down in Cyprus

A tourist from Britain and his son traverse the rocks at Landa Beach near the resort of Ayia Napa on the southeastern coast of Cyprus. Ayia Napa is the destination of thousands of British visitors each summer. Data released yesterday showed that Cyprus’s revenues from tourism fell 0.6 percent in July, the first of the two key summer months, as the number of British arrivals fell on an annual basis and those that did go spent less. Tourist spending decreased to 231.1 million euros from 232.5 million a year earlier, Cyprus’s statistical service said yesterday. July was the fourth month in 2010 to register an annual fall in tourist spending on a yearly basis. Visitors from the UK, who accounted for just under 50 percent of all foreign arrivals, spent an average of 63.50 euros a day, down from 68.90 last year, while tourists from Greece spent 59.70 euros a day, down from 66.90 a year ago.