Cyprus tourism ‘aged product’

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The Pan Cyprian Hoteliers Association has described tourism on the island as an “aged product which is constantly becoming more expensive”.

According to a study carried out by the association, neighbouring destinations are attracting more tourists annually and Cyprus is “caught in the wheels of bureaucracy”.

The association’s Director General Zacharias Ioannides told CyBC that “whilst Cyprus’ competitors are getting larger the islands tourism is shrinking, with complacency and foot-dragging having gone far enough.”

The study said that Egypt, Turkey, Morocco, Portugal, Malta and Greece have greatly increased their tourist arrivals over the past seven years, whereas arrival figures for Cyprus have dropped by 10%, partly because of the increase in the trends regarding pricing.

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