By Evie Andreou
THE Famagusta tourism agency expects a 15 to 18 per cent increase of tourists from the U.K. next season.
The agency’s chairman, Ayia Napa mayor Yiannis Karousos said that he and his fellow mayor of Paralimni, Theodoros Pirillis, met with all of the major UK travel agencies at the World Travel Market exhibition in London and said that he is very satisfied of the outcome, not only for Famagusta but for Cyprus in general.
Karousos told the Cyprus News Agency that the incentives provided by the government last year to increase the building coefficient of hotel units seem to have helped in the offer of more hotel beds.
“British tour operators saw with satisfaction that there are now more hotel beds in Cyprus which they have already rushed to offer to their clients for next year,” Karousos said.
He added that it seems the third largest U.K. tour operator will probably double its booked hotel packages for the Famagusta area.
Karousos added that there is also the possibility of an increase of arrivals from Scandinavia since several tour operators have removed high risk neighbouring destinations from their programmes.
He added that a small decline is expected in arrivals from Russia.
“We hope that with the right moves of the hoteliers and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation there will not be a great drop in tourist arrivals from Russia,” he said.