The climate and natural beauties of Cyprus, as well as its archaeological wealth and the traditional hospitality of its people make the island an ideal holiday destination. Since independence in 1960, the development of the tourism industry has been accorded a very high degree of priority by the Cyprus Government.
With the exception of the disruption brought about by the Turkish invasion in 1974, growth in this sector was continuous and rapid, with tourism now constituting one of the major sectors of the Cyprus economy. The Turkish invasion inflicted a serious blow to the tourist industry, with the loss of the Nicosia International Airport, and of 65% of the island's total bed capacity in the two main tourist regions of Famagusta and Kyrenia, totaling about 12.353 beds. As a result of the invasion, tourist arrivals had declined sharply with only 47.085 tourists visiting the island in 1975 as compared to 264.066 in 1973.
However, through the serious efforts exerted by both the Government and the private sector the tourist industry was revitalized and Cyprus was soon re-established on the World Tourist Map. By 1979 tourist arrivals surpassed the pre-invasion levels and in 1999 tourist inflow reached 2.434.285.
The main objectives of the new tourist policy can be summarized as follows:
(a) Improvement and enrichment of the tourist product through the creation and construction of extensive general infrastructural works, such as golf courses, marinas, parks, nature trails, sports facilities and health centers
(b) Restriction in the rate of creation of new bed capacity and encouragement of the up-grading of existing accommodation.
(c) Maintenance of the competitiveness of the Cyprus tourist product.
(d) The development of agrotourism: Incentives for agrotourism are provided through low interest loans for the renovation of village houses and the undertaking of schemes for the improvement of the tourist infrastructure.
(e) Increase in earnings from tourism
The Cyprus Tourism Organization as a statutory body took over responsibility for the development, promotion and marketing and general management of the tourist sector as of January 1, 1971.
About Cyprus Tourism Organisation
The Cyprus Tourism Organisation was established in 1969 by the Government of the Republic of Cyprus. The organisation's objective, according to law, is to organise and promote tourism within the Republic by using all possibilities and resources available.
The organisation provides assistance to professional bodies, companies and individuals who have an interest in Cyprus' tourism. But as a semi-governmental and non-commercial organisation, it does not perform the functions of a travel agent.
The Cyprus Tourism Organisation's office in Amsterdam (Cyprus Tourism Organisation) is responsible for tourism relations in the Netherlands and provides services within the fields of marketing and information.
Visiting / Postal Address:
Cyprus Tourism Organisation
Keizersgracht 174 III
1016 DW Amsterdam
Tel: +31 (0)20 624 43 58
Fax: +31 (0)20 638 33 69
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 17:00
HOLIDAYS IN CYPRUS IN LIGHT OF BANKING CRISIS
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers:
1. Can tourists make payments with credit cards and EC cards
2. Can tourists withdraw money from cash dispensers with their
credit cards and EC cards?
3. Have you noticed bottlenecks in terms of foodstuffs, medications
4. Will strikes of the public enterprises, e.g. public transportation
system/ airlines/airport/ferries, be expected?
5. Will museums and sights be opened as usual?
6. Have guest reported of hostilities?
7. Have you had significant cancellations of bookings in the last two
8. Were there any problems with the re-opening of the Banks?
9. Cyprus’ high season is just around the corner. What is the Hotel
Industry forecast for summer season?
The forecast for the summer season was exceptional this year, we
are expecting one of the best years ever. We are sure that when
the "dust settles down" and the work of the banks stabilizes
without any restrictions, the number of bookings will return to the
previous levels with the trend for growth. Already during the
Catholic Easter and Orthodox Easter, many tourists spent their
holidays in Cyprus and were happy to share their positive