Food and drink costs less

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Prices have gone down at sev­eral coastal food and bev­er­age es­tab­lish­ments, the Cyprus Tourism Or­gan­i­sa­tion said, adding that there has also been a sharp drop in cases where lo­cal busi­nesses charged more than what their price list showed.

CTO Qual­ity As­sur­ance Depart­ment Deputy Di­rec­tor Gior­gos Per­i­cleous said that the price ob­ser­va­tory has alarmed many coastal food and bev­er­age es­tab­lish­ments and has led them to cut their prices.

He said that the price of a frappe, the pop­u­lar iced cof­fee drink, has gone down to 2 eu­ros in some in parts of the tourist coastal area of Pro­taras, from 4 to 5 eu­ros in pre­vi­ous years.

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“It seems that there is a good mo­men­tum,” CTO Act­ing Di­rec­tor Gen­eral An­nita Deme­tri­ades told a press con­fer­ence, speak­ing about the rights of con­sumers dur­ing their hol­i­days in Cyprus, adding that “data for the first six months of the year shows an in­crease in ar­rivals of al­most 6%”.

First half tourist ar­rivals ex­ceeded one mil­lion, she said, not­ing that the drop in the num­ber of tourists from Rus­sia was more than cov­ered from tra­di­tional mar­kets.

Deme­tri­ades said that CTO and other stake­hold­ers’ ef­forts have borne fruit and that rev­enue from tourism has in­creased as well.

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the Rus­sian mar­ket, which was ex­pected. We have achieved in­creased num­bers from other mar­kets that have cov­ered the gap and this way we can man­age the drop from Rus­sia,” she said.

Deme­tri­ades said com­pe­ti­tion has led own­ers of coastal busi­nesses to re­duce their prices, if they find out that they are more ex­pen­sive, com­pared with the con­sumer price ob­ser­va­tory, pre­pared by the CTO.

She noted that con­sumers have the right to com­plain to the CTO on 22691100 (up to 3pm) if they find out that they paid more than what the pricelist of the es­tab­lish­ment says and the owner could be pros­e­cuted.

Deme­tri­ades added that 57 beaches now carry the Blue Flag for clean­li­ness, while 37 have ac­cess for the dis­abled.

She said that spe­cial equip­ment has been in­stalled at five beaches to al­low hand­i­capped peo­ple to get into the wa­ter and the plan is to add a fur­ther five, while the “Sea Mo­bile” app de­vel­oped in co­op­er­a­tion with the Oceano­graphic Cen­tre of the Univer­sity of Cyprus has gen­eral in­for­ma­tion about beaches.

Al­ter­na­tive ac­tiv­i­ties to beach tourism in­clude the agro­tourism pro­gramme for ru­ral es­tab­lish­ments, the seven Wine Routes with in­for­ma­tion about 41 winer­ies, re­li­gious and cul­tural tourism and the ‘Short Breaks’ pro­gramme.

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