Tourism ‘to pick up’

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

De­spite ini­tial fears that tourist ar­rivals from Rus­sia would drop by 25-30%, due to the fall of the rou­ble, early bookings sug­gest the ar­rivals will not be that bad, while more hol­i­day­mak­ers are ex­pected from the UK and Ger­many.

The Direc­tor of the Cyprus Ho­tel Man­agers, Va­sos Ki­lani, told the Cyprus News Agency that “the sit­u­a­tion is far dif­fer­ent than what we an­tic­i­pated ear­lier this year.”

There is a more pos­i­tive re­sponse from the Rus­sian mar­ket over the last two-three weeks with the sta­bil­i­sa­tion of the mar­ket, he said, adding that the fall could be around 15%, but this will only be known at the be­gin­ning of May.

It seems that the largest Rus­sian tour op­er­a­tor, “Bib­lio Globus”, has re­sumed reser­va­tions in Cyprus, while it is al­ready sched­uled to op­er­ate three flights a week.

Ki­lani said that flights are ex­pected to in­crease ac­cord­ingly with the de­mand which will con­tinue un­til the end of Oc­to­ber.

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