The Cyprus deputy tourism ministry announced Monday that a new government scheme aiming to boost domestic tourism is set to be launched in September.
The Cabinet-approved plan will allow locals to take advantage of discounted stays at hotels, as the government will shoulder a portion of accommodation costs.
The deputy tourism ministry’s press release said the scheme aims to support local businesses that took heavy blows after the pandemic stunted tourism on the island, and as such tourist establishments that will participate in the scheme will be obliged to only offer breakfast to guests.
The press release added that the scheme also aims to extend the tourism season and to encourage locals to appreciate the beauty of the island.
The scheme, set to be launched on September 1 and to remain in force until the end of November, will see the participation of a number tourist accommodations across the island, where the government will shoulder 25% of accommodation costs and any costs for children who will sleep in the same room as their parents.
At accommodations that will participate, the maximum price of a night’s stay will be 80 euros in September, 70 euros in October, and 60 euros for a double room with breakfast in November. Guests wishing to take advantage of the scheme are required to spend a minimum of two nights at the hotel or tourist accommodation.