TOURISM in Cyprus suffers as a result of bureaucrac, a senior government official in Nicosia has conceded.
The Deputy Minister to the Cypriot President Constantinos Petrides said the state would address the matter through a new horizontal national tourism strategy.
In statements in Parliament after briefing MPs on government plans, Petrides said that “we acknowledge that many other countries have taken leaps forward as regards arrivals and revenue while our own remain stagnant.”
According to him, the lack of a horizontal national tourism strategy is the source of all the problems which have surfaced. He noted that tourism suffers from bureaucracy, a problem which the government is determined to tackle.
Petrides said that studies are underway and time frames have been set, adding that Parliament will be briefed in due time.
He assured that the effort underway aims to strengthen the Cyprus Tourism Organisation so that it can promote the Cypriot tourist product more effectively.
Referring to a pilot promotion scheme of Cyprus by three airlines with a budget of €2 million, he said that the state contributes 25%, private airlines 50% and Hermes Airports 25%.