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13 June, 2024
 
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Cyprus inaugurates Troodos Observatory to boost space research and astrotourism

President Christodoulides emphasizes observatory's role in education and tourism

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President Nikos Christodoulides inaugurated the Troodos Observatory in Agridia village on Sunday, marking a significant step in Cyprus' burgeoning space research and technology sector.

The €1.7 million project is poised to serve multiple purposes, from boosting tourism to enhancing educational opportunities. President Christodoulides emphasized the observatory's potential, stating, "This facility should be utilized not only for tourism but also by our schools and all Cypriots." He noted that the government will offer technical support to ensure the observatory's full operational capability.

Christodoulides highlighted the observatory's role in enhancing the Troodos region's tourist appeal, predicting it will draw both local and international visitors interested in astronomy and space exploration. "The observatory will add significant value to the tourist product offered in the Troodos region," he said.

Furthermore, the observatory aims to become a hub for astronomers, researchers, and enthusiasts, bolstering the nascent field of astrotourism in Cyprus. This special form of tourism has been gaining global traction, attracting visitors with a keen interest in stargazing and environmental awareness.

The president expressed optimism about the observatory's positive impact on regional development, aligning with the National Strategy for the Development of Troodos Mountain Communities and the National Tourism Strategy. He also noted that the observatory supports the goals of the National Space Strategy 2022-2027 and the Research and Innovation Strategy approved by the Council of Ministers in December 2023.

[With information from CNA]

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