Newsroom / CNA
The tourism sector in Cyprus is entering a new era of modernisation, President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades said on Wednesday, speaking at the swearing in ceremony of the first Deputy Minister of Tourism Savvas Perdios.
Tourism accounted for 22.3 percent of Cypriot economic output in 2017 while revenue from tourism rose 2.3 percent in the first 9 months of 2018 to 2.27 billion euros
Tourism was previously part of the energy, commerce and industry Ministry. Travel and tourism accounted for 22.3 percent of Cypriot economic output in 2017 according to Bloomberg, while revenue from tourism rose 2.3 percent in the first 9 months of 2018 to 2.27 billion euros.
Anastasiades noted that the sector of tourism remains crucial for the economic development of the island.
Tourist arrivals have increased with preliminary data showing that between January - November 2018 the number of arrivals stood at 3.8 million.
“The reforms, the draft laws and the implementation of the national strategy will take place gradually and with patience” the new Deputy Minister of Tourism, noted on his part, adding that “nothing gets done with a magic wand, but it takes hard work, teamwork and less talking”.
Perdios said that as a Deputy Minister he aspires to collaborate closely with all the stakeholders in the sector.
“In everyone’s mind there are important common goals, such as defining a national strategy for tourism, extending the tourist season, finding investors for major projects such as marinas, theme parks, agrotourism development and the wider development of all our tourist areas," he noted.
The Deputy Minister said that Cyprus would continue offering its visitors “courteous service, inspired gastronomy and authentic hospitality.”