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Cyprus Tourism Soars: Reliance on Foreign Workers Raises Concerns

NICOSIA – Continuing its upward trend in tourism, Cyprus reported a 5% increase in arrivals in the first quarter of 2024 – the offseason winter period. However, Deputy Tourism Minister Kostas Koumis noted that the sector has become reliant on foreign workers.

A surge in tourism following the waning of the COVID-19 pandemic has led businesses to seek workers from other countries, Koumis stated, without providing an explanation for the shortage of Cypriot workers.

During a tour in Protaras and Ayia Napa, Koumis remarked that “the results so far for tourism indicate an upward trend,” as reported by The Cyprus Mail, with popular resort areas experiencing a surge in visitors.

When questioned about the need for foreign workers in tourism businesses, he acknowledged, “It would certainly be preferable to have our compatriots in every position in tourism. However, we cannot do without foreign labor, and this is evidenced by the numbers.”

Koumis emphasized the necessity of enriching the tourism sector with foreign labor due to the increased arrivals, stating, “All of these increases in arrivals require additional hands in the industry – we are a country with a limited population.” He emphasized the importance of proper training for foreign workers to maintain the quality of hospitality and ensure tourists receive the services they desire.

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