In a bid to get rid of touts, the popular holiday resort of Ayia Napa will hire staff whose only job would be to report people and businesses who harass visitors, the mayor said.
“The municipality will show zero tolerance to touting. We we will not tolerate anyone going around harassing tourists who come to our area for their holidays,” Yiannis Karousos said.
The mayor said they have set aside a budget to hire staff who will deal with the issue day and night.
“They will patrol the streets of Ayia Napa on foot, bicycles, mopeds, and in cars, and will report the tout and the business that hired him to the police,” the mayor said.
The fine for touting is €180.
Karousos said touts can now be found in every corner, not only of Ayia Napa, but the entire island, “harassing foreign and Cypriot visitors.”
The mayor urged the owners of restaurants, pubs, and other establishments, to avoid engaging in the practice.
“We expect everyone’s co-operation. We urge the owners of hotels, restaurants, apartments, and others who face a problem, to contact us so that we can send around an individual who will report or prevent touts from entering their facilities and harass their customers,” Karousos said.
The mayor urged people who want to join the effort as volunteers to contact the municipality.