Tourism: Cyprus seeks to boost Middle East visitors numbers

04 May, 11:02

(ANSAmed) - DUBAI, MAY 4 - With more and more travellers from the Middle East choosing Cyprus as their preferred destination for leisure and incentive travel, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation is leading a high-powered delegation of travel industry professionals to the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai, to further increase awareness of the charms of the island. The delegation led by Cyprus Tourism Organisation Board Member Alexis Saveriades include representatives of leading hotels and resorts and tour operators. Tourists from the Middle East form an increasingly significant segment of the 2.4 million tourists who visited Cyprus last year, with the UAE and Lebanon being the largest source countries. According to figures released by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation, tourists from the UAE stayed an average of 7.7 days on the island last year, where they spent about United Arab Emirates Dirhams (AED) 3,555 per head, approx.

736 euros. The island's reputation as a safe, all-weather destination for the entire family is an important deciding factor for tourists from the Middle East. Not too far away from most regional cities, rapidly improving air links have also facilitated the growth in tourism, which increased 10.1% overall last year. Additional attractions drawing Middle Eastern visitors to Cyprus include the proliferation of top-class hotels, eco-friendly blue-flag beaches, a plethora of historical sites of archeological interest and a friendly and welcoming local populace. (ANSAmed).

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