One in five arrivals in licensed accommodation establishments in Cyprus is a local resident - Cypriot and non-Cypriot - and account for 7.5% of total overnight stays. CTO figures for 2012 show a total of 509,000 Cyprus residents stayed in hotels and tourism establishments in the government-controlled areas.
Speaking at the inauguration of the renovated hotel in Limassol , President Anastasiadis said that tourism was for decades one of the most stable pillars of our economy and an important driver of growth after the disaster of 1974 , and noted that today , " that our country again is tested by the financial crisis ,tourism is one of the pillars upon which we rely to restore the country to stability and growth trajectory .
A NEW law passed last night aims to slash residential and industrial rents for a period of one year, in a bid to ease the pressure on tenants and shopkeepers amid the financial squeeze. Residential rents up to €300 will see a reduction of 15 per cent (up to €45). From €300 and above, a reduction of 20 per cent applies, with a maximum reduction in absolute terms of €120.
IN truly imperious form, Nasser Al-Attiyah and Giovanni Bernacchini on board their Ford Fiesta RRC clinched victory and a ninth Middle East Rally Championship (MERC) in the CNP Asfalistiki Cyprus Rally.
LOCAL authorities in Paphos are concerned over what further action, if any, can be taken to prevent further deaths off a deadly stretch of coastline which has seen 13 people drown in less than a decade.
Revenue from tourism reached €259.8m in June 2013 compared to €254.5m in the corresponding month of the previous year, recording an increase of 2,1%, on the basis of the results of a Passenger Survey conducted by Cyprus’ Statistical Service.This .
Ever since representatives from the trio of international lenders arrived on the island to look into the fragile state of our economy and how it can recover, all the ills and failures of Cyprus are blamed on the “blood-thirsty” Troikans. In.
Cyprus Airways has put together a contingency plan to be executed in the event the European Commission rejects a proposed turnaround plan for the struggling airline. Under the plan, unveiled at a news conference in Nicosia by Cyprus Airways board chairman, Tony Antoniou, the carrier's wholly-owned tour operating subsidiary, Cyprair Tours, would apply for an air operator certificate.
I am responding to your comment article on September 6 ‘Superficiality, not commitment, behind medical tourism”.My organisation healthCare cybernetics UK LTD (hCc) –www.healthcarecybernetics.com - has submitted a proposal regarding a systematic national level health tourism development master plan to the various relevant government organisations in Cyprus on a number of occasions.hCc i.
EXCAVATIONS at Ayia Varvara-Asprokremnos have uncovered the earliest complete human figurine currently known on Cyprus, the Antiquities Department said yesterday.The age of the statue could range from 10,500 to 11,000 years old based on the fact it was discovered at a site that has been radio-carbon dated to between 8800-8600 BC.
Pre-event planningHealth products company Nikken Europe held an incentive trip in January to reward top-selling consultants. Delegates selected for the event were those who met targets above a certain level during the contest period, which ran from June to September 2012.
The Dutch government seized four icons looted from a monastery in northern Cyprus and will hand them to Cypriot authorities today, according to Walk of Truth, an organization that campaigns to preserve cultural heritage.
Why are more people choosing to go abroad now instead of staying at home for their wedding?Once everyone has paid for flights and accommodation, the costs are much lower than a wedding in the UK. Better weather and the opportunity to combine the ceremony and honeymoon, are often the main reasons given for marrying abroad.
TOURISM ARRIVALS fell 5.3 per cent in the first eight months of 2013, compared to the same period last year, following the harsh bailout of Cyprus this March, said head of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation Alecos Oroundiotis yesterday.
The 2014 Cyprus Sunshine Cup will consist of two rounds for 2014. The European season-opening series has in recent years held as many as four rounds. However, one of its rounds, the Afxentia stage race, has been extended to four days and will serve as a preparation for the Cape Epic for some racers.
Sun, sea and hospitality are Cyprus’ strongest selling points, but there is still room to improve the promotion of its tourist destinations online, according to a recent study.Carried out by the University of Nicosia and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the joint study looked into the portfolio of Cypriot tourism in an attempt to record opinions, views and messages from the two main factors that shape the tourist scene -- the tourists and the local professionals.M.
TRADITIONAL Cypriot products will be showcased at a Paphos winery this weekend.The exhibition is being organised by the Centre and Promotion of Traditional Products along with the community associations of Paphos villages.
A well known Israeli company that is primarily active in operating casinos in many countries is showing an interest in investing in the Troodos area.Cypriot businessmen acting as representatives of the company here recently held contacts with local authorities and tourism bodies in the region to explain the Israelis’ interest and request detailed information on specific areas.A.
UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Secretary General Taleb Rifai has expressed faith in Cyprus and a belief that tourism can and will be part of the country’s future.Rifai, who recently paid Cyprus a visit, spoke of the potential and the challenges of Cyprus’ tourist industry.He .
Extra promotional deals and early booking offers to Cyprus are being employed to overcome the negative impact to tourism of the island’s banking crisis.Hoteliers, agents and operators on the island report that their offering remains unchanged as they gear up for the Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations which coincide with the May bank holiday in the UK.H.
The Limassol Marathon was run Sunday 24 March 2013, leaving winners, participants and crowds a fulfilling taste of leisure and joy. This year the seventh in a row, the Limassol marathon drew more than 3800 runners from all over the world.
Cyprus's financial crisis is barely perceptible from the beach in this resort city on the sunny southern coast, where foreign tourists stroll along the shore relatively unscathed by the nation's troubles.
Limassol is looking forward to organising this year’s 7th Limassol Marathon GSO. Jointly organised by the Limassol Chamber of Commerce, the Limassol municipality, the GSO and the Limassol Tourism Development and Promotion Co , the marathon will take place on Sunday 24th March 2013.T.
The Limassol carnival started officially as from last Thursday with a big party and a grand entrance of the Queen of Carnival 2013. This year , it is "The Queen of crisis… and bliss" that made an entrance to the Carnival parade, of the party town of Limassol. .
Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism George Lakkotrypis, accompanied by a delegation of the Ministry and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation, held on Wednesday in Berlin a series of contacts with representatives of airline companies and major tour operators.
Limassol Carnival program is out and the fun starts this month.50 days before Greek Orthodox Easter, on the Thursday called Tsiknopempti, is the beginning of Carnival . This year’s celebrations, start on the 7th of March and will last until the 17th of March.L.
Larnaca will be hosting two International Sporting events this coming month. The Shooting Cyprus Grand Prix 2013 ( Trap - Skeet – Double Trap) is organised from February 25th to March the 3rd, 2013. Organisers, the Cyprus Shooting Federation and Larnaca Shooting Club are supported by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation and its promotional program for Sport Tourism. .
Cyprus Airways was awarded by the Athens International Airport Awards this month. The AIA, as part of its annual Airline Marketing Workshop, awards the airlines that have demonstrated the fastest growth and have increased passenger numbers during the past year.
A €30 million redevelopment plan is in place to breathe life into the Berengeria Hotel in Prodromos, almost 30 years after it closed down.The plan is merely waiting on a building permit from the government, and includes a casino, modern restaurant and large swimming pool, all of which are part of new owner Michalis Ioannides’ grand vision.“My.
Following a recent Cyprus Tourism organisation announcement, the projected inflow of Swiss Tourists to Cyprus will exceed 50,000 for 2013. During a tourism fair in Switzerland early this month, a CTO delegation including Board Members of the Organisation , had interesting meetings with leading Swiss Tour Operators.
Cyprus’ financial woes will be at the epicenter of the Limassol Carnival that is exactly a month away from today and lasts 10 days.“What the (financial) crisis needs is carnival and madness" is the motto of the events that start on the Shrove Thursday (7th March) with the Carnival King entering the town in a festive atmosphere, then the children’s parade, the various Serenaders’ shows and finally the Grand Carnival Parade which takes place on the last Sunday of the Carnival festivities.Limasso.
Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO), the agency that promotes tourism to the Mediterranean island, has commenced an advertising campaign to attract UK visitors to the country.The agency has launched a spring advertising campaign, ‘Cyprus in Your Heart’, promoting the island as a haven for both leisure holidaymakers and adventure seekers.Ore.
A slight increase of 3% in Tourism arrivals is the outcome of the 2012 statistics, in comparison to the previous year (2011) , while revenues from same, have increased by 11%. What made the difference is the incoming flow from the Russian market, substituting traditional tourist markets ,such as the UK and Germany that have dropped by 6% – 8,5% respectively.Th.
The total number of visitors to Cyprus from abroad for the purpose of sports tourism recorded an increase of 19% compared to 2010, generating approximately 20 million euros in revenues, according to a survey on sports tourism in Cyprus for the year 2011 presented Tuesday by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation during a press conference.
FACING hard times because of the crisis, with many hotels shutting for the winter due to crippling fuel bills, those in the mountains say it is time for Cyprus to move beyond its sun and sand image and promote all of the island.
The Mediterranean island of Cyprus had a great tourism year in 2012, hitting a seven-year high. This good news comes despite an economy that continues to struggle and is forecast to shrink by 3.5% percent last year, with no help in sight until after 2015.
The Paphos Tourism Development and Promotion Company and a significant number of Paphos hotel owners depart for Finland in order to participate in Matka Exhibition.According to an announcement issued by Paphos Tourism Development and Promotion Company, the Exhibition was inaugurated yesterday and will last until January 20, 2013.
Cyprus, is fast becoming one of Europe's most sought after cycling destinations because of its year-round sunshine, terrain, gentle headwinds and well equipped facilities.A new addition to the existing Troodos cycling routes will soon offer cyclists a new set of challenges.
The Cyprus Association for Cultural and Special Interest Tourism, in collaboration with The Cyprus Agrotourism Company, have recently organized a meeting with scope to further enhance the Cyprus Tourism product and support Agrotourism in general..
Four large fishing vessels and a number a reef poles will be scuttled into the Cypriot Mediterranean throughout the first six months of 2013, as part of a €1.5m project that will create five new marine parks, encouraging the growth and protection of marine life around Cyprus.F.
FOUR out of ten Cyprus Airways staff could be made redundant while those remaining would take a 10 per cent cut in salaries, under a restructuring plan drawn up to salvage the ailing national carrier.Devised by Air France and KLM, the plan advocates a drastic trimming down of the company, widely considered to be bloated after decades of unchecked hiring.
The Cyprus Tourism Organisation has recently participated in the partner’s meeting of the European project “ECOTOUR”, in Estonia, which is a Leonardo da Vinci transfer of innovation program co-funded by the European Commission. CTO w.
CYPRUS is expected to attract an increased number of tourist arrivals in 2013, tourism minister Efthymios Flourenzou said yesterday.The newly established direct flights between Cyprus and Ukraine as well as bookings made so far from Russia and Britain justify our optimism regarding tourism, he said.
More than 65 per cent of the conferences and almost 50 per cent of the incentive events held in Cyprus in 2011 were new to the Mediterranean island, latest statistics have revealed.And Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) officials are confident that 2012's figures will be even better, thanks to Cyprus having taken over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union between 1 July and 31 December 2012.
Paphos authorities are active into fighting the after effects of the crisis that have affected the tourism and property sectors.Signs of recovery are becoming visible in the area, these mainly being new investors and tourists in the horizon.
An increase in tourist arrivals from Russia has powered an increase in Cyprus’ tourism revenue. After a constant increase throughout 2012, revenues are expected to reach 2 billion euros by the end of the year, closing at a 10% increase from last year’s figures, according to the Cyprus Tourism Organistion (CTO).CTO.
THE RUSH for bargain summer holidays starts today as travel firms slash hundreds of pounds from the cost of sunshine breaks.Operators are offering discounts of up to 20 per cent to popular destinations, including Spain, Cyprus and Turkey, as they compete for customers during the Christmas break – a peak period for bookings.A.
Makarios Avenue in Nicosia has strung up its Christmas lights but many stores have pulled down their shutters while others are practically empty, reflecting Cyprus's poor economic state.Malls on the outskirts of the capital are still thriving, but many Cypriots fear the entire Mediterranean island, exposed to debt-ridden Greek banks, will follow in Makarios Avenue's footsteps before too long.
Heading towards the Memorandum and amidst an economic depression, Cyprus has some rays of sunshine giving a somehow positive outlook in Tourism.The latest numbers in tourist arrivals validate that Tourism is one of the most important resources of the island.
CYPRUS Airways yesterday thanked the parliament’s finance committee for releasing over €16 million earmarked for a share capital increase, which the ailing airline said would help them get back on their feet.“Cy.
Tourism arrivals slipped in November after a strong showing in the summer months.According to the Passengers’ Survey, arrivals of tourists fell by 9.5% over the year earlier in November to 84,020 compared with 92,878 in November 2011.T.
For those who want to enjoy a period of relaxation in Cyprus in the coming weeks, Emirates is offering a special package for a holiday break in collaboration with the 5-star Hilton Cyprus Hotel.The offer will be valid from Saturday 15th December 2012 to Tuesday 15th January 2013.
The Limassol Crowne Plaza hotel, was a candidate for the Intercontinental Hotels Group, Renovation award 2011/12. The competition was fierce but the Limassol hotel was in the top 3 finalists. The award is granted to the hotel that has successfully completed a major modernisation and renovations project during the past year.
RIGA - On 6 April 2013, Latvian airline airBaltic will launch a new route from Riga to the tourist resort of Larnaca, Cyprus. The new route of airBaltic will offer convenient travel between the two airports, and beyond to destinations in the Baltics, Scandinavia, Russia, and the CIS..
Emirates Airline has celebrated 18 years of presence in Cyprus since its arrival in 1994!The award winning airline is operating 2 flights from Larnaca daily; Malta in the morning and Dubai in the afternoon.
TRAVELLING to Cyprus to learn English could provide the tourist sector with a much needed boost during this period of economic crisis.Although Cyprus’ English language tourism (ELT) industry is growing with rising demand from overseas students wishing to take various language programmes on the island, insiders say red tape and bureaucracy is blocking the industry’s attempt to expand further.“Th.
The Cyprus Hotel Association is pleased to announce that hotel-members will remain open for the winter period and are all dressed up to receive bookings for a festive end of year.The hotels have prepared holiday packages and the complete program of the festive celebration dinners so interested parties may contact hotels directly to find out more or make bookings.
Cyprus is making headway as regards convention tourism, a Statistical Review by Cyprus Tourism Organization says. The Review was presented Thursday by CTO officials.According to a press release issued by the Organization, CTO Chairman Alecos Orountiotis pointed out that amid the harsh economic conditions Cyprus is faced with, tourism plays a vital role and allows the country to view the future with optimism.
Special Offers for the newly renovated Louis Phaethon Beach Hotel in Paphos, are interesting to look at for a sea side Christmas Holiday!The hotel is offering great rates on BB or on an all-inclusive experience.
Following the recent Business Forum organized in Mainland China and Hong Kong, the CTO announced that in March 2013 there will be an official visit to Cyprus of Chinese Tour Operators and travel experts in order to meet with Cyprus Hotel and Travel professionals.CT.
As part of the Cyprus Presidency of the EU Council, the Embassy of Cyprus in Beijing organized on November 30th a forum on "Cyprus: An international business center and an ideal location for investments and tourism".
A newly renovated hotel Cleopatra was recently presented to the public. Following the trend for hi-tech, design and luxury, a Boutique Style hotel was the result of this major make-over that took place to one of the first hotels in Nicosia.
The 6th Cyprus competition for best Sommelier 2012 organised by the Cyprus Sommelier Association, took place at the Intercontinental Aphrodite Hills during the last weekend of November.The Winner,Sommelier Alissa Gorchinskaya from Paphos Amathus, is to represent Cyprus and will compete with other European Sommelier winners in 2013, in San Remo, Italy.
Burger King recently closed all of its stores in Cyprus, but reports indicate that the known international restaurant chain wants somehow to stay on the island.The collaboration with King Franchises Ltd, a subsidiary of the Laser investment Group Investment did not proof to be harmonious and is finding its way to the courts, but reports indicate that Burger King wants to remain in Cyprus and is looking for a suitable partner.
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The Forum on the “Protection and Conservation of Cultural Heritage in the Mediterranean” is organized on 22 and 23 November in Limassol by the Sovereign Order of Malta, with the collaboration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNESCO and the European Commission, on the occasion of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union.The.
FLIGHTS bound for Tel Aviv are being temporarily diverted to Larnaca airport due to the ongoing crisis in Gaza, the airport's operators said yesterday."A number of European airlines have been asking permission to use our facilities at Larnaca due to the unrest in the Middle East," said Adamos Aspris, a spokesman for Hermes Airports.