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How is winter in Cyprus for tourists?

Winter tourism on the up! Winter tourism has increased by 35 per cent over the past three years and is expected to grow further, tourism minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis was quoted as saying on Sunday, September 18.

In an interview with Phileleftheros newspaper, the minister was already looking ahead to 2017 now that this year was wrapping up with an estimated 3.1 million record arrivals.

Winter tourism has however not taken off to the same extent as it can only be boosted by specific types of tourism not related to sun and sea, he said, such as incentives for resort hotels and restaurants to stay open all-year-round. Lakkotrypis, citing a 35 per cent increase in the past three years said this would grow in the coming 2016-2017 winter season. “Of course, in absolute terms, we are talking about small numbers,” he said.

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In the winter of 2015-2016 Cyprus saw around 300,000 tourists. “This means that the scope for further development of winter tourism is huge,” he said, adding that much of the strategy was being focused there. “But it is unrealistic to say that we can develop our tourism from one day to the next,” he said. “To achieve this, several factors must contribute. Hotels and all other associated services must remain open. How will we attract tourists when they will have nothing to do except stay inside the hotel because its environs are dead? There is a series of things that need to be improved for better performance in winter tourism but I believe that we are on track,” he added. Read full article.

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The number of tourists to Cyprus could double to 6 million in the next 15 years according to a recent study by tourism experts cited by the head of the Paphos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Andreas Demetriades. Demetriades told the Cyprus News Agency that a key point made by the experts was that, while the global tourism had grown by 30% in recent years, it had stagnated in Cyprus.

However, the outlook for Cyprus is good, provided that the necessary measures are taken. The expert report estimates that, with the right measures, tourism arrivals could 6 million by 2030. Per capita spending on tourism, meanwhile, could rise by 15%.

The president of the Paphos Chamber said that one factor that has been missing in the Cyprus tourism sector to date is ‘branding’. “Tourism in Cyprus has been based on the sun and the sea. This is obsolete for the times we live in and we will have to find other alternative forms of tourism,” he told the Cyprus News Agency. Read full article.

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Join the Green Cluster Awards Ceremony & Trade Fair Event on 29th of September 2016 in Nicosia (Famagusta Gate) to learn more about “agrotourism experience”  (as a synergy of Cyprus Excursion, Aperanti Agrotourism and biofarm Riverland) promoting the alternative form of tourism in Cyprus. Read more information regarding the event where the “Reinventing the agrotourism experience in Cyprus” will be presented.

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Contact us to arrange your program in Cyprus during the winter season and follow our regular Trips Tips and the Cyprus Winter Tourism page.

Sources: Cyprus Mail, In-Cyprus

Related articles: Sustainable tourism and call to actionReinventing the agrotourism experience in Cyprus, Agrotourism in Cyprus 2016

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