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Cyprus Will Upgrade Port of Larnaca to Draw More Cruise Ships

LARNACA – With 2022 being a big rebound year for tourism during the waning COVID-1 pandemic, Cyprus hopes to continue that in the future by improving the port of Larnaca so that more cruise ships can dock.

Deputy Minister of Shipping Vasilis Demetriades said while visiting the offices of the contractor, Kition Ocean Holdings, that the project will include a marina and would “particularly important, not only for the city of Larnaca but for the whole Cyprus, for the development of the economy.”

He added that, “There is a clear added value for Cyprus’ maritime transport and supply chain but also for the cruise and yachting sector,” outlining the plans to reporters, said The Cyprus Mail.

Kition Ocean Holdings CEO Panos Alexandrou said the project “is progressing properly and as planned,” adding that a new passenger terminal for the port is in the licensing stage.

“We are also in an advanced stage of talks with various tourism companies, so that we can help develop the cruise industry of Cyprus through Larnaca port,” he said, that sector a major player.

He said the company wants to add eight to ten new cruises to the roster, with views to establishing the port as headquarters “for some of the largest cruise companies in the world,” as tourism has come back.

Demetriades said that, “The fact that the port of Larnaca is also under development creates the conditions for attracting more cruises to Cyprus, and more companies that will have multiple options.”

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