Kyrenia (Girne) is one of the main tourist resorts in Northern Cyprus. Tourism is one of the dominant sectors of the Northern Cyprus' economy.
Beach near Mehmetcik, İskele District.

Tourism has affected the development of Northern Cyprus. Its share of the GDP of Northern Cyprus is significant.

In the early 1970s Varosha, Famagusta was the most popular destination in Cyprus, (and popular in the world) before its abandonment in Turkish invasion of Cyprus 1974.

Topographic map of Northern Cyprus with the Kyrenia Mountains to the North and the Karpaz Peninsula to the east

Arrivals by country

Tourists arrivals by country (As of the end of 2012):[1]

Country\Year 2003 % (2003) 2012 % (2012) 2013
1 Turkey 340.000 904.000
2 UK (non-Turkish Cypriot) 47.160
3 UK (TCs) 26.200
4 Germany 23.580
5 Iran 20.960
Total 470.000 1.166.000
Kaya Artemis Hotel in Bafra Tourism Region

Turkey, UK and other northern European countries are the source of most tourist arrivals.

The number of tourists visiting the TRNC during January–August 2006 was 380,000, up from 286,901 during January–August 2003.[2]

The number of tourist beds increased to 17000 in 2011. Tourism revenue in 2011 was USD400 million.[3] The number of tourists visiting Northern Cyprus: January–August 2003: 286,901;[2] January–August 2006: 380,000,; 2010: 437,723[4]

Golden Beach at Karpaz Peninsula, at sunset. The sandy beaches are often used as habitats for green turtles.


Escape Beach Club in Karavas (Alsancak), Kyrenia .

Although there are two airports in Northern Cyprus, the Ercan Airport and Geçitkale Airport, neither have been recognized due to the ongoing disputes involving the political status and recognition of Northern Cyprus. All international flights are done via Turkey by public and private airline companies.

Marina tourism also developed in recent years; Karpaz Gate Marina of Northern Cyprus became a member of ART Marine’s international marinas network in 2014.[5]

Capacity of tourism sector

Annual Tourism Revenues: As of 2012 December: 700 million USD Number of night stays: 2003: 1.3 million 2012: 2.7 million Touristic bed capacity: (2013 March) 19.867 Number of touristic establishments: (2013 March) 145 (Kyrenia: 99). 15 is 5-star-hotel, 6 is 4-star-hotel, 3 is boutique-hotel, 1 is special-certified-hotel. The total number of hotels is 84; Bungalov establishments: 33[1]

Marina tourism

Marina tourism also developed in recent years; many international yacht voyagers come to Northern Cyprus every year.

International memberships of Northern Cyprus and its organizations in tourism

Photo gallery

Panoramic view of the Kyrenia Harbour, with the Venetian era Kyrenia Castle on the far left, and the Kyrenia Mountains in the background.
Panoramic view of the Güzelyurt District, and the Morphou Bay.

See also


  1. ^ a b Kibris Postasi
  2. ^ a b Tourism statistics for the period January-August 2003: North Cyprus Ministry of Economy and Tourism
  3. ^ Zaman Newspaper 01 Sept 2011 Archived 2013-11-07 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Number of tourists visiting North Cyprus Year 2010: 437,723
  5. ^ a b superyachtbusiness Archived 2014-09-11 at the Wayback Machine KGM of Northern Cyprus became a member of ART marines international.
  6. ^ ICOMIA
  7. ^ "UFTAA" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-02-14. Retrieved 2014-09-11.
  8. ^ Northern Cyprus News