Promote Cyprus and stop rip-off merchants

Greek TV has an excellent program called “We stay in Greece” (Menoume Ellada), which is broadcast four times a week and features TV celebrities as guests.

With excellent photography, interviews with locals and tourists, Greeks and foreigners, and English subtitles, the series visits different tourist destinations around the country.

Wouldn’t a similar weekly program ‘We Stay in Cyprus’ be a good idea for us as well, to help attract foreign tourists and locals, and in turn promote the real estate sector?

Different tourist destinations and neighborhoods can be promoted each week, and even specific residential and non-residential development projects can be reviewed.

Cyprus national television CyBC has an interesting program. various villagesbut the goals are not the same.

If the entire program costs €1 million per year and accommodates about 10 million people throughout Cyprus, this amount is feasible and is estimated at 10 cents per person per night.

The program also includes tourism-related projects such as various golf courses, marinas, restaurants, tavernas and bars, with a cost of €1,000-2,000 per project (such as a recent TV show about Ayia Napa Marina). .

It is clear that even we Cypriots do not know what is in this country.

Suddenly we discovered a wonderful spa wellness center in a remote Paphos village. Hotels with chapels are wedding destinations even among Cypriots.

Pissouri Resort is an example, and Anassa near Polis Chrysochous.

The demand for weddings today is determined by the availability of hotel chapels rather than when it suits the couple.

On the other hand, while staying in a 5 star hotel in Paphos over the New Year, I asked the reception to provide a shoe brush for 5 minutes to clean my shoes.

I was told that they do not offer this service even though the cost of accommodation for 2 days is €1,100. Finally bought a shoe brush at a nearby kiosk.

Cyprus tourists are at their best due to high consumption (spending power) and high visitation during the winter months.

But some quality hoteliers are taking advantage of this whole situation.

Booking a 4 star hotel in Protaras asks for 400 euros for a weekend for 2 people on a B/B basis, which seems reasonable.

Visited the restaurant on the beach in Pissouri.

Everything seemed fine except for the music, which was somewhere between Haunted Steel Disco and something else.

The store’s customer base is mainly middle-aged and elderly around the age of 50.

“That’s what our customers want,” replied the waiter, Soft/Greek holidays the music we suggested.


On another occasion we attended a luxury wedding in Limassol costing 200 euros per person.

We asked the foreign English-speaking waiter for a particular plate.

This also happened at the seaside hotel.

I ordered a bottle of Ayios Andronikos wine which is sold in supermarkets for 10 euros. Instead they charged us €56.

So is this “quality tourism” or just quality robbery?

Then we come across Cypriot taxi drivers, especially those who control airport monopolies, who give Cyprus a bad reputation for their extreme overcharges.

In my experience, agreed on the price The driver charged us 32 euros while the hotel clerk from Larnaca to Protaras was 25 euros. He then said he was doing us a favor.

Needs some ‘decency’ from hotel management and such.

It only takes a few to do damage, but it’s enough to destroy the rest.

Antonis Loizou FRICS – Real Estate Appraiser & Development project manager



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