Anas­tasi­ades: Lar­naca’s Radis­son Blu will help Cyprus be­come a year-round des­ti­na­tion

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - PROPERTY -

Cyprus will soon be­come year-round des­ti­na­tion buoyed by record tourism fig­ures of 3.24 mil­lion for the first nine months of 2018, Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades said dur­ing the grand open­ing of lux­ury ho­tel Radis­son Blu in Lar­naca.

He ex­pressed con­vic­tion that through a joint ef­fort of both the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tor, Cyprus will be­come an at­trac­tive and com­pet­i­tive tourist des­ti­na­tion all year­round.

Anas­tasi­ades also pledged that by the end of his term in of­fice (2023) Lar­naca will have the im­age en­vi­sioned by all its res­i­dents such as a re­de­vel­oped port and ma­rina.

“I am con­vinced that through the com­mon ef­fort of the pub­lic and the pri­vate sec­tor, tourism will con­tinue to be en­hanced, de­spite strong com­pe­ti­tion within the in­ter­na­tional en­vi­ron­ment, and Cyprus will be­come a global at­trac­tive and com­pet­i­tive des­ti­na­tion, not just for sea­sonal but also for all year-round tourism,” he said.

Anas­tasi­ades said in­vest­ments in the ho­tel in­dus­try helped Cyprus gain an ad­van­tage over tra­di­tion­ally com­pet­i­tive coun­tries and re­ferred to tax and fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives of­fered to ho­tels which have up­graded the tourist in­dus­try.

He said bed ca­pac­ity has been in­creased to 104,000 while in­vest­ments in new projects have ei­ther been com­pleted or are un­der­way such as the casino com­plex, mari­nas, ho­tel and golf re­sorts which im­prove the vis­i­tors’ ex­pe­ri­ence.

Joep Peeters, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Fran­chise, Radis­son Ho­tel Group, stated that his col­lab­o­ra­tion with his Cypriot part­ners has sur­passed the bound­aries of a con­trac­tual re­la­tion­ship, and they are now pre­ferred part­ners for projects in the pipe­line.

Pe­teers an­nounced the sign­ing of pa­pers for the cre­ation of Radis­son Beach Re­sort in Lar­naca, as a re­sult of their fruit­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion, which will in­volve a com­plete con­ver­sion of the Princess Beach Ho­tel.

The ho­tel will close in Novem­ber for a pe­riod of 12 months and will un­dergo a re­fur­bish­ment worth over EUR 20 mln, aim­ing to cre­ate 75 ad­di­tional rooms.

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