Cyprus looks to Britain for tourism boost
Cyprus looks to Britain for tourism boostTourism officials in Cyprus have expressed hopes that more British tourists will visit the island over the coming year.
Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency, Panos Englezos, the chairman of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) explained that British tourists were already more frequent visitors than those from other countries.
However, in the interview, reported by the Financial Mirror, Mr Englezos indicated that an even greater percentage of British tourists would be welcome in Cyprus.
The CTO are currently conducting a seven-year plan to bring new groups of tourists to Cyprus and increase the numbers of winter guests.
According to the current strategy, Cyprus would like to attract around 3.5 million tourists to the island by 2010.
Mr Englezos said that there were plans for bicycle paths in the Trodos Mountains, a guide for religious tourism and also wine and olive grove tours.
In addition, the cultural infrastructure, including museums and archaeological sites would be improved to demonstrate local flavour.
He explained: "Culture and the environment are the main target areas of our plan, in addition to providing good services at reasonable and competitive prices throughout the year."
There is even speculation about a casino on the island, he told the Cyprus News Agency.
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