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Overseas travels up, Cypriot more careful in bookings

By Constantinos Psillides

TRAVELLING abroad for Cypriots increased by 8 per cent in 2014 compared to 2013, the head of the Association of Travel Agents in Cyprus (ACTA) Dinos Kakouras said yesterday, following a press conference for this weekend’s “Travel 2015” expo.

Kakouras noted though that what is different from other years is that Cypriots now are more careful with their bookings.

“People now prefer shorter trips and book their tickets way in advance to benefit from various offers and discounts,” he explained.

Asked whether the closure of Cyprus Airways has negatively affected travel, Kakouras said that all routes once offered by CY have now been replaced by other companies.

“Merely replacing these routes isn’t enough and an attempt should be made to increase the number of flights,” he said, pointing out that the main problem travellers face is expensive airline tickets. Kakouras said that tickets could be cheaper, “which will increase options for both Cypriots and those who want to visit the island.”

“Travel 2015” at the Philoxenia Conference Centre in Nicosia will open at 5pm tomorrow with a ceremony officiated by Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis.

Kakouras said that each year the expo has an honoured country, with India taking the centre stage this year.

The expo will be open on Saturday from 4pm to 10pm and on Sunday from 2pm to 10pm. Entrance is set at €3, while for children under 12 it is free.

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