Cyprus Mail

CTO offering short winter getaways at 2008 prices

The mountain resorts and villages rely on locals for tourism

By Staff Reporter

The number of residents taking short winter breaks under the Cyprus Tourism Organisation’s (CTO) special programme, doubled between the 2012-2013 season and the 2013-2014 season, the body’s director of tourism said on Tuesday at the launch of this year’s programme.

Annita Demetriades said that during the past season, which runs from October to June, 5,346 people chose to take advantage of the programme ‘Cyprus, short escapes, great discoveries’, compared to 2,681 people during the 2012-2013 season. The programme has been running since 2008.

For the coming season, she said prices would remain at 2008 levels.

“Cypriots and foreigners residing in Cyprus have embraced the programme,” said Demetriades during a working breakfast for the media.

“We have received very encouraging messages about the quality of services offered.”

The programme is aimed at boosting domestic tourism during the winter period and to contribute to alleviating the seasonality of the Cypriot tourism product.

The CTO has on board 34 two-star, three-star and four-star hotels and apartments. Fifteen of the hotels are in Paphos, four in Limassol, two in Larnaca, three in Ayia Napa and Protaras, five in Nicosia and five in the mountains.

The packages include overnight stay in a double room on Saturday, dinner and breakfast at the hotel and a lunch at a participating restaurant. Checkout is not until Sunday evening.

There are complementary half-day guided excursions on Sundays in English or in Greek. Cost per person for the packages ranges from €40 for the most basic accommodation to €100 for a stay at a spa hotel (spa treatment included).

Demetriades said that out of the 5,346 people who opted for a package during the last winter season, 4,260 had taken one of the guided half-day ‘thematic excursions’ with a CTO-accredited guide to museums, churches and other places of interest.

She said this year’s programme, which starts today and will run until June 30, 2015,  had been expanded with new tours and restaurants, including the ‘wellness’ package. for more information or call 22-713 760 to book.

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