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Ayia Napa starts to struggle with the "dissolute" reputation

March 12 2018
Tags:Cyprus, Ayia Napa, Tourism, Society

In the 90-XX century, Ayia Napa acquired the reputation of a sea resort for young people, who need alcohol and little-needed entertainment. The authorities of the city intend to end this image, because they decided to turn Ayia Napa into "the most cosmopolitan resort of the Mediterranean". In Ayia Napa, millions of euros have been invested (220 million only in the marina) - and the reputation of a bad-tempered resort does not inspire the mayor's office. Forever drunken rowdy declared persona non grata. This Mayor Yannis Karusos said in an open letter to the British media and tour operators.

What happened?

In 90, young people from all over Europe flocked to Ayia Napa to relax and make friends for one night. Disco clubs in nightclubs and bars rattled until dawn, alcohol was poured by the river, drunken and fumigated guys and girls held contests behind the edge of decency, and tour operators happily rubbed their hands, counting the profits.

All the same can be said about the zero years of the XXI century. Loud music, littered with debris downtown streets, drunk tourists - that's what faced respectable couples who have been lured to Ayia Napa savvy tour operators and forgot to warn about entertainment for young people. In the 10-s it became a little better, but before the idyll is far away.

How to be?

According to The Telegraph, mayor of Ayia Napa, Yannis Carusos, said that the city is no longer waiting for "young people of poor quality." The mayor appealed to the police and tour operators to help end the unbridled behavior of some tourists.

We will not allow a small number of tourists to return us to 90! - quotes the British edition of Mayor Ayia-Napa.

The city will be equipped with a unified video surveillance system, which will prevent "illegal behavior" and punish the perpetrators. The idea of ​​total video control Yannis Karusos brought from the Russian Gelendzhik, which is the twinning of Ayia Napa.

With whom to take an example?

Magaluf (Mallorca Island, Spain)

Magaluf is the place of rest cheeky youth, but in 2015, the government announced a five-year plan to transform the resort into a "destination for a family vacation." In particular, there were introduced huge fines for fans to urinate in public and "from the balcony." The shops were banned from selling alcohol from midnight until eight in the morning.

Hvar Island (Croatia)

In July 2017, the mayor of Hvar Ricardo Nowak promised that he would put an end to "naked and drunken excesses." "They are sick all over the city, they cope with a small need in all corners, walking naked. There is a limit to everything! "- said Novak. The city council approved fines in the amount of 600 euros for walking in swimsuits and swimming trunks, and 700 euros - for heavy intoxication.

Slynchev Bryag (Bulgaria)

Resort authorities declared a crusade to drunken tourists and reduced to a minimum the noise level from entertainment facilities at night. Deputy Prime Minister Valery Simeonov joined the police raids on night clubs, following which stated: "In our country, there is an orgy of lawlessness and we get this over with."

Kavos (Corfu Island, Greece)

The authorities of the popular Greek tourist village introduced strict restrictions on noise pollution, the causes of which, for the most part, were loud music and cries from visitors to bars and nightlife.

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