Cyprus Makes Play at World Travel Show for More Tourists

FILE - Cyprus' Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis talks to the media during a press conference at the Energy ministry in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

With more than three million tourists having already visited Cyprus through September, officials aren’t taking anything for granted and 50 of them are taking part in the World Travel Market show going on in London.

Businessmen, hoteliers and tour operators have the opportunity have through Nov. 8 to make their pitch and try to line up contracts for the all-important summer season for 2018 as the sector has helped the island recover from an economic crisis that exploded in 2013 when banks teetered and the government had to seek a 10-billion euro ($11.61 billion) international bailout.

Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism Minister Yiorkos Lakkotrypis will hold a number of meetings with British airline representatives and tour operators and will lead a business delegation from Cyprus which will take part in a networking event with British business executives, the Cyprus Mail said.

He was to present prospects for investment in Cyprus especially in the fields of hydrocarbons, commerce and tourism.

The delegation’s visit was organized by the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Cyprus Employers and Industrialists’ Federation as well as the Cyprus – British Business Association. Also present at the exhibition is Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) chief Angelos Loizou.

According to the CTO between January and September 2017 Cyprus welcomed 3,001,603 visitors, an increase of 14.7 per cent compared with the same period last year.  Of these, 1,039,783 visitors came from the United Kingdom, the island’s former Colonial ruler which still keeps a military base there. They showed an 8.9 per cent increase over the previous year.