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Cyprus increasingly popular among UAE holidaymakers

Cyprus increasingly popular among UAE holidaymakers

More people appear to be booking flights to Cyprus after Etihad Airways named the Mediterranean island as one of its leading holiday destinations.

The airline said that tourist demand for Cyprus had increased significantly since it launched flights to Larnaca on June 14th, enough for the island to make Etihad Holidays’ top-ten global destinations list.

Head of direct sales at Etihad Airways Tony Gauci said that Cyprus is in high demand thanks to its "sunshine, stunning blue waters and true Cypriot hospitality".

"Cyprus is a wonderful travel destination which offers such an exciting mix of activities as well as relaxation for those wanting to just enjoy some time away to recharge," he commented.

Away from the beaches, Cypriot capital Nicosia is known for its 19th century folk neighbourhood, which features a number of souvenir shops and tavernas.

Over half (57 per cent) of all foreign visitors to Cyprus are from the UK, with Germany the second-largest group.

Etihad, which is the United Arab Emirates (UAE) national carrier, recently announced a proposed codeshare agreement with American Airlines.