Cyprus Mail

Exodus to the mountains

Cypriots are flooding to the local mountain resorts this week, with hotel occupancy running at about 90 per cent.

“Cypriots choose the mountains because the government subsidises the licensed resorts, injecting life into an area where a decline was observed lately,” said Andreas Mantalas, chairman of the district committee of mountain resorts, on Monday.

Sixty-five per cent of the occupancy rate, which reached up to 100 per cent in some areas, is covered by the subsidies which allow hotels taking part in the scheme to charge less for a room, according to Mantalas.

In a press release, he called on the government to continue to embrace the mountain resorts so that Cypriots can afford to spend their holidays there.

This year, € 600,000 in subsidies were handed out, compared to € 1.5 million previously. Three hotels in Pyrgos Tillirias joined the scheme this year and received a total of € 55,000. Other areas like Agros, Platres and Pedhoulas got the same amount as in previous years.

Hotel prices offered for this week range from €50 to 60 for a double room per night. From August 23 until the end of September special offers from €45 to 50 are available.

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