TURKISH CYPRIOT tourism officials are hoping for a better season next year – after a summer dogged with problems due to the coup in Turkey and frosty Russian relations.
As the Republic of Cyprus enjoyed its best tourism year ever – the picture could not have been more different over the Green Line in the north, reports the Famagusta Gazette.
The official responsible for tourism Fikri Ataoglu said predictions about 2017 ‘are good’ and the goal is to double the number of visitors compared with 2016.
Referring to negative effects on the “tourism sectors” of both Turkey and the north as a result of Turkey’s crisis with Russia and the 15th of July military coup attempt in Turkey, Ataoglu stated that hotel and flight reservations in north Cyprus were affected also dramatically.
He added that this matter was discussed in detail during a meeting of the “council of ministers” recently which it decided for several measures to be taken.
He then went on and explained that during the contacts he held recently in Turkey, they have launched an important “promotion attack” in 10 different districts and argued that they expect 1 million tourists from Turkey in 2017.
Ataoglu further referred to the hotel occupancy in the occupied areas of Cyprus and said that this has reached to 70%.