The Region of Paphos on Cyprus will feature more year-round hotel accommodations for 2018-2019 as compared to the previous year. Regional authorities and businesses are expanding operations to aid in off-season tourism.
According to the head of the Paphos regional board of tourism, Nasos Hadjigeorgiou, Cyprus aims to reassert itself as a year-round destination. told the Cyprus Mail that this is just one of the many positive steps being implemented with the aim of re-establishing Paphos as an all year round tourist destination. Hadjigeorgiou told Cyprus Mail:
“The entire region is on the right track and the priority for us now is that the establishments that are operational during the winter are booked to capacity for the coming winter period.”
According to the news, Paphos has approximately 10,500 beds last season, which has increased to over 11,600 for the 2018-2019 season. The scope of
One big hurdle for Paphos, as is the case for other island destinations in the region, is the availability of flights during non-peak periods. The market is simply not there yet, but budget airline Ryanair and others are helping by adding new flights incrementally. In March, Ryanair announced 12 new routes from Paphos for winter 2018, increasing its capacity by 74
The new routes include Bournemouth and Liverpool and
Hadjigeorgiou also said that hotels, the tourist board and other stakeholders would promote Paphos at many exhibitions and workshops, inviting international journalists and meeting with a large range of sales agents.
He added that concerted efforts are also being made in various ‘niche’ markets including sports tourism, which has shown a promising increase of thirty percent over the last three years.