Anas­tasi­ades ap­points hote­lier to head Tourism Ju­nior Min­istry

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - CYPRUS -

Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades has an­nounced that Sav­vas Per­dios, Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer at Louis Ho­tels, has been ap­pointed as the Deputy Minister for Tourism, a new post cre­ated from the re­struc­tur­ing of the Cyprus Tourism Or­gan­i­sa­tion from a semi-state or­gan­i­sa­tion to a govern­ment depart­ment.

The change, one of three ju­nior min­istries an­nounced by Anas­tasi­ades al­most six years ago, means that the tourism re­spon­si­bil­i­ties will be re­moved from the over­bur­dened port­fo­lio of the Minister of En­ergy, Tourism, Com­merce and In­dus­try, with Per­dios re­port­ing di­rectly to the pres­i­dent.

Due to the con­sti­tu­tional lim­i­ta­tion of Cab­i­net posts, the Deputy Minister for Tourism and the Deputy Minister for Ship­ping, headed by Natasa Pili­dou, a new post cre­ated in March 2018, do not hav­ing vot­ing pow­ers in the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters, but par­tic­i­pate equally. The third ju­nior min­istry, for In­no­va­tion, has yet to be an­nounced.

Per­dios, 37, widely re­ported in the lo­cal me­dia as be­ing the son of Louis Ho­tels CEO Ja­son Per­dios, was pre­sented or­gan­i­sa­tions in the tourism in­dus­try” and is a fi­nance grad­u­ate from the Univer­sity of Warwick as well as in ho­tel man­age­ment. He will be sworn into of­fice on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 2, with the launch of the new Deputy Min­istry for Tourism.

Govern­ment Spokesman Pro­dro­mos Pro­dro­mou said that Per­dios will un­der­take the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the ‘Na­tional Strat­egy for Tourism’ through the nec­es­sary pol­icy de­ci­sions, plan­ning and gen­eral su­per­vi­sion of the tourism sec­tor. Vari­a­tions of the ‘na­tional strat­egy’ have been on the agenda of all past Trade min­is­ters and CTO boards, with none im­ple­mented to date.

Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades seems to have re­neged on his pledge to en­hance fe­male pres­ence in the Cab­i­net and nar­row the gen­der gap, as some lead­ing women in the tourism sec­tor had been favoured for the top job in charge of tourism.

Of the ten cab­i­net posts, only the Labour and Trans­port Min­is­ters are women, Zeta Emil­ian­idou and Vas­si­liki Anas­tasi­ades.

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