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70,000 more tourists expected

A TOTAL of 70,000 tourists more than the winter of 2012 are expected to visit Cyprus this coming winter, tourism minister George Lakkotrypis said yesterday.
Speaking at a press conference, Lakkotrypis said that five foreign airlines have included Cyprus in their routes for winter 2013. The carriers, flying to eight countries and 17 different destinations, are Ryanair, Wizz Air, Norwegian, EasyJet and British Airways. Their routes include new destinations in countries such as Germany, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Lithuania, Poland and Italy.
Efforts to extend the tourist period and promote Cyprus as a year-round tourist destination had borne fruit, Lakkotrypis said.
“Based on agreements between Cyprus and tourism and other authorities abroad, we have every reason to be optimistic about this coming winter,” he noted.
Responding to questions, the minister said that over the first five months of the year there has been a seven per cent decrease in arrivals compared to 2012.
“With the tourists that are expected to visit the island in the winter, we are trying to cover lost ground and the problems that were created last March and April because of the Eurogroup decision on Cyprus and its rescue package,” he said.

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