It won’t be until end of 2021 when the twin towers in Ayia Napa will be completed, but boats and private yachts will be able to dock at the marina by next summer, giving the area a head start in the game.
Officials say the construction of the Ayia Napa marina is moving along swiftly and it will be fully functional by July 2019.
This means all agencies at the marina will be ready to start working by next summer, turning the marina into an official Port of Entry in the Republic of Cyprus, with its own coast guard, state customs, and government veterinary services.
This will turn the marina into an official Port of Entry in the Republic of Cyprus, with its own coast guard, state customs, and government veterinary services
Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis, who has been promoting the development more intensely in the last year, said the Ayia Napa venture is part of a strategic plan that will boost local business and tourism on the island.
Lakkotrypis, who paid a visit at the construction site, said the Ayia Napa marina and overall project will play a pivotal role in nautical tourism, serving not only the local area but also the wider eastern Mediterranean region.
The project will include two tall structures, 100-metre towers of unparalleled architecture which will offer 190 spacious apartments, 29 luxury homes, along with various commercial shops and restaurants, including public recreational areas for shoppers and visitors alike.
The first tower is set to be completed by December 2020, according to Kathimerini Cyprus, with the second tower’s deadline around December 2021.
Ayia Napa Mayor Yiannis Karousos, who accompanied the minister on his site tour, said the construction of the two towers will be a blessing for local labour, where 800 jobs are expected to be created by the time the project is in full swing.
Karousos, who was criticised recently for clamping down on noisy nightclubs and what he described as “boorish behaviour” by younger tourists in his town, remains a big supporter of the marina project.
Already there are plans for certain uses and services in the area that will be compatible with the overall vision of the marina, the mayor said.