CTO eyes 400,000 tourists from China

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The Cyprus Tourism Or­gan­i­sa­tion (CTO) aims to at­tract around 400,000 Chi­nese tourists, its Chair­man An­ge­los Loizou said on Tues­day, say­ing that ef­forts are un­der­way to re­solve visa is­sues for Chi­nese cit­i­zens.

A meet­ing will take place next Thurs­day at the For­eign Min­istry and “once the prob­lem is solved, the CTO can at­tract around 400,000 Chi­nese tourists,” he said.

Speak­ing of the forth­com­ing visit of Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades to China, Loizou said that the Pres­i­dent will be ac­com­pa­nied by a CTO del­e­ga­tion to ex­plore why past ef­forts to at­tract tourists from China were un­suc­cess­ful.

As re­gards the casino re­sort, reg­u­la­tions for which were an­nounced last week, the CTO Chair­man said it will at­tract some 500,000 more tourists a year.

Loizou said rev­enues from 2.4 mln tourists who vis­ited last year amounted to 2.035 bln uros with tourists spend­ing on av­er­age 829 eu­ros per per­son or 77.5 eu­ros per day. He said the U.K. re­mains the main tourist mar­ket for Cyprus, fol­lowed by Rus­sia, Greece, Swe­den, Ger­many and Is­rael. He added that tourists pre­fer Paphos and Po­lis and then Fa­m­a­gusta, Li­mas­sol, Lar­naca and Nicosia.

From Jan­uary to Au­gust 2015, there was an in­crease in tourist ar­rivals ex­clud­ing June, while April and Au­gust saw record num­bers of ar­rivals.

For the win­ter 2014/2015 sea­son, the CTO Chair­man said that there was an in­crease in ar­rivals of 68% from Is­rael, 49% from Arab coun­tries, 22% from Ger­many and 12% from Greece.

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