90% of hotels in Famagusta region closed this winter

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Added: 13-12-2017 03:02

The extent of hotel closures during the winter season across Cyprus was revealed yesterday by local Cypriot newspaper Phileleftheros (Φιλελεύθερο).

The winter season ‘officially’ runs from November 1st to March 30th but the stated aim of the industry and tourism authorities is to extend the season as much as possible as Cyprus tries to become a year-round destination.

To this end Hermes Airports announced earlier in the year that there would be an extra 250,000 seats available on flights to Cyprus this winter, which translates to an increase of 20% over the 2016 winter season.

Meanwhile, Cyprus Hotels Association Director General Zacharias Ioannides, discussing winter tourism in a recent interview said “In the last three years we’ve seen growth from 350,000 to almost 500,000 tourists last year.” He added that “gradually we’re seeing more hotels staying open. We’re very optimistic and anticipating a positive performance [this winter]”.

It should be noted that the winter tourism numbers last year nearly reached the level of 2001. During the winter season of 2000-2001 Cyprus reached 467,702 tourists, while in the corresponding period of 2016-2017 the number was marginally lower, at 463,727.

Tourism Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis speaking earlier said the scope for further development of winter tourism was huge and “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.

This winter season, November to March, 157 hotels, tourist villages or organised apartments were selected to remain open. Overall the CTO figures reveal that across Cyprus just four out of every ten hotels will be operating this winter.

Famagusta region: 17 of the 172 hotels will remain open this winter an increase of 4 over the previous year.

Paphos region: 55 of the 102 hotels will remain open this winter an increase of 8.

In contrast, in Larnaca and Limassol, the number of hotels operating during the winter is decreasing.

Larnaca region: 27 of the 43 hotels will remain open this winter.

Limassol region: 29 of the 60 hotels will remain open a decrease of 14 over the previous winter.

Nicosia: 29 hotels will remain open this winter.

Author: NewsinCyprus.com
Additional: Phileleftheros
Added: 13-12-2017

90% of hotels in Famagusta region closed this winter

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