As expected, 2018 year will be the next year of records for the Cyprus tourist sector. This was stated by the Minister of Energy, Trade, Industry and Tourism, Yorgos Lakkotripis, speaking at the annual meeting of the Cyprus Hoteliers Association PASYXE 13 February.
The Association set itself the goal of gradually bringing the number of tourists to 5 million a year. Last year, this figure reached a historic high of 3,6 million people, which means an annual growth of 15%. The sector's revenues for November 2017-th amounted to 2,6 billion euros, which is much more than the values of 2016 year.
Now everything indicates "for another good year," said Lakkotripis. This is evidenced by the increase in the number of seats on flights connecting Cyprus with the rest of the world, as well as a number of agreements concluded with foreign tour operators, and data on reservations for the coming summer season.
According to the minister, Cyprus is much more than "the sea and the sun". And the goal of all stakeholders is to modernize the island's tourist image and to embark on a path of sustainable development in this area. Lakkotripis stressed that in the near future it is planned to launch a national tourism strategy, and a revised bill on the creation of a Tourism Sub-Minister will be submitted to the parliament.
In turn, the head of PASYXE Haris Loizidis noted that the priority of development of the tourist sphere should be the improvement of the quality of leisure of guests in Cyprus. "All bets are made on quality, and it is to this area that we must invest," he said. Loizidis urged his colleagues to continue work on the modernization of the tourism services sector in Cyprus and stressed that a necessary condition is the creation of a Tourism Sub-Minister.
This position was supported also by the head of the auditing company PwC Cyprus Eugenios Eugenius. He also cited data from the report of the World Tourism and Travel Council, according to which over the next ten years tourism will account for more than a quarter of the GDP of Cyprus and almost 110 thousand jobs.