UK arrivals to Cyprus topped the one million mark in the January to September period.

This represented a 8.9% increase on the same nine month period in 2016.

Latest figures for September show a 10.8% year-on-year rise in UK arrivals to the island to 165,728.

Global tourist numbers visiting Cyprus in the first nine months of the year rose by almost 15% to more than three million, with 483,716 recorded in September, according to the Cyrus Tourism Organisation.

Further UK growth is forecast for 2018 with new summer flights by Jet2 from Belfast to Paphos and Cypriot carrier Cobalt Air from Gatwick to Larnaca.

British Airways and Tui are currently considering adding additional flights to Cyprus in 2018. More details will be confirmed once schedules are finalised, according to the CTO.

A number of new hotels are planned, including two Radisson Blu properties, while others are being refurbished.