CYPRUS has the largest number of five star hotels in proportion to its population in Europe and this allows it to attract all types of tourism, the chairman of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation said on Monday.
Angelos Loizou told the Cyprus News Agency that this high proportion of quality hotels means varied kinds of tourists, including medical, sports and conference related, are eager to visit Cyprus and means the island fares much better than other competitive destinations.
According to the CTO’s own statistics, Cyprus has 26 five star hotels with 12,040 rooms in total, 58 four star hotels with 21,805 rooms and 78 three star hotels with 15,902 rooms.
In regards to two star hotels there are 42 of them across the country with 3,588 and 22 one star hotels with 975 rooms. This totals 54,310 rooms most of which are in Famagusta and Paphos with Limassol in third place.
“We are the only country in Europe that has this many five star hotels,” Loizou said.
“We get comments from large tour operators that do different studies with thousands of clients and say that our infrastructure in Cyprus is far superior to all the other competitive destinations.”
Other tourist accommodation is divided into flats of first, second and third class, first and second class tourist villages, tourist villas, traditional homes, guest houses, camps and other types of accommodation.
Asked if it would be better to have fewer five starts hotels as tourists are spending less, Loizou said “that would be the most tragic mistake anyone could ever think of.”
The CTO is placing great importance in having tourists not just in summer periods and while hotels are doing everything they can possibly do, the island has a fairly wide range of attractions for all types of tourists, he added.
Tourism is very important for the country’s economy and Loizou said greater emphasis on its importance should be made in schools.
“Maybe we should start from primary schools, giving lessons to children about what tourism means for our country. We want people that work in the tourism industry to be trained and offer the highest quality possible so that we continue to attract quality tourism,” he said.
“Cyprus, compared to competing countries offers much more quality tourism.”
While at the moment, tourism is doing well so far with an increase in visitors until the end of June, Loizou said he hopes this will be reflected in other months.
Increasing flight accessibility to the island would help, he said.