A 29% rise in British holidaymakers helped boost visitor numbers to Cyprus in April, according to latest figures. Total tourist numbers last month rose by 43% year on year, the Cypriot government’s statistical service said.

The sharp increase was led by a rise in arrivals from the UK, Russia and Germany. A total of 199,762 tourists visited Cyprus in April against 139,658 in the same month last year, “making it the largest monthly rise in several years,” the statistical service said.

Tourist arrivals for the first four months of the year were up by 17.6% to 405,463. The April figures – which included Easter – were boosted by a 29.1% jump in UK numbers to 80,998.

The number of British visitors in the first four months to April was up by 2.8%. April also saw the number of Russian arrivals rise by 74% to 18,987 and a 30.8% increase in German visitors also to 18,987.

The number of holidaymakers visiting Cyprus hit a high of 2.69 million a decade ago. Tourism income accounts for almost 12% of Cyprus’s gross domestic product.