Despite the Russian-Ukraine War, Saturday’s Cyprus Hotel Association (Pasyxe) expressed optimism about summer bookings at local hotels.
Philokypros Roussounides, a board member of the association, told Radio Trito that there were reservations from various countries despite Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, two of the island’s largest tourist markets.
Russia has traditionally been the second largest tourist market in Cyprus, and before the war Cyprus expected about 800,000 visitors from both countries.
Reservations are made from the UK and Israel, according to Roussounides. He added that bookings also come from other markets such as Germany, France, Austria, Poland and Finland, from which more than 25 flights arrive in Cyprus each week.
For the long weekend of Pentecost (Katacrismos), hotel owners estimated that capacity could reach 80 percent.
Roussounides said it aims to make this year’s tourism season better than last year and reach record levels in 2019 with 4 million arrivals over the next few years.
Meanwhile, the government has implemented a plan to promote domestic tourism.
The state is subsidizing summer vacation until July 31st this year. A minimum of 2 nights from May 1st to June 9th and 3 nights from June 10th to July 31st. Maximum stay is 7 nights.
Under this program, each room will receive a daily grant of € 20. To check participating companies for each district visit: https://www.visitcyprus.com/index.php/el/domestic-tourism-2022..
In addition, low-income pensioners can apply for a fully funded full-board three-night stay at a mountain resort during the period June-July and September-October.
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