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month period, Jan-July arrivals reached 1,357.890, up 7% from 1,267,830 from a year earlier. If this pace continues, it will be the best year for tourism since 2000.
Hundreds of Irish passengers finally reached Dublin after being stranded at Paphos airport when Helios cancelled their flights. This follows similar cancellations of the Athens and Prague as the nation is still in shock after the August 14 crash that killed 121 people as it approached Athens airport. Tourism officials were worried about a negative impact for the island in general as all international news media reported the crash of “a Cypriot airline”, raising worries about all traffic to the island.
More than one in ten Cypriots over the age of 65 is actively employed, and that proportion is rising, according to the Labour Force Survey. In all, 9,512 people or 11% of the over-65s are in employment, although the work ranges from just one to the full 40 hours a week..
Mine clearing continued in the Ayios Dhometios-Kermia area, by the EU’s Mine Action Centre, with a total of 30 minefields identified. So far, 13 minefields have been cleared in eth project funded by the EU and UNDP.
Oh, and the price of “dropped” ten years ago to $65/barrel as tropical weather worries eased and natural gas futures sold off.