Cyprus Latest News Nov08

Catch up with the headlines on the Cyprus latest news November 08

The HOTTEST Cyprus latest news Nov08

NEW Paphos airport open

Sunday 16th November marked the opening of the brand new Paphos airport terminal.Finished several months ahead of schedule, the new terminal is bright and airy and houses both Arrivals and Departures in one large new building.

There is plenty of parking space, something which used to frustrate visitors and residents alike in the old building as there simply wasn't any room to wait for passengers and as forfinding a space to return a hire car at busy times...well there just wasn't any. But all that has changed. Coffee lovers will appreciate the large Costa coffee cafe inside the terminal and waiting chauffeurs can sit outside and take a coffee at the outside kafeneio.

Check in is quick and slick with lots of moveable barriers to channel passengers swiftly through the check-in process. So your next trip through Paphos should be quick and easy and above all far more comfortable.

Tourist Chiefs call for government support

The worldwide credit crunch will hit the Cyprus tourist industry hard next year. With bookings already down for the latter part of this year, tourist chiefs are predicting a 15% decrease in tourist numbers to the island in 2009. This will take numbers below 2million arrivals for the first time in over a decade.

This week, tourist chiefs called for intervention from the government to include:

  • Air tax reductions to make flights cheaper
  • Lower electricity costs for hotels
  • A fuel tax reduction to make it cheaper for both car hire and airlines
  • Funding to help hoteliers renovate properties to make the island more attractive

Whether these finds will become available remains to be seen but it is fair to say that Cyprus will probably suffer badly next year especially as prices across the island have soared overthe past few years. Maybe that will spell good news for tourists and residents as hopefully goods and services will come down in price to reflect tough market conditions.

CTO project to boost alternative tourism

On the same subject of tourism, the government announced further plans to boost low season tourism.“The development and promotion of alternative forms of tourism are among the top priority of the state’s strategy on tourism. The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, as well as the CTO are giving emphasis to the substantial improvement and organisation of the cycling tourism, agrotourism and conference tourism products,” said Stathis Hamboullas, General Director of the Ministry of Commerce.

The realisation that sun and sea are not enough to attract quality tourism is at the core of the decision to promote alternative forms of tourism, something we have been saying for years.The Polis/Latchi area is a perfect example of how tourism should thrive in the low season months due to the outdoor activities available like walking and cycling. If only the area was promoted more as an outdoor destination.

New Online Taxi Booking Service

A reminder about our new online taxi booking service.

Just click the link below to reserve your taxi online - quick and easy.

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That's all from our Cyprus Latest News Nov08.

See you next month.



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