Ayia Napa municipality is set to collect more than €2.5 million from renting sunbeds and umbrellas in the area, a significant increase from last year.
At the start of the season the municipality took over the management of the beaches from private individuals.
“Last year, when the management was in the hand of individuals, the revenue was around €600,000. So this year, we have tripled the amount and expect it to quadruple,” mayor of Ayia Napa Yiannis Karousos said on Thursday.
So far, Karousos said, “the municipality has received about €500,000”.
The revenues include the income from beds and umbrellas but the figure does not take into account earnings from water sports and the fees which are collected from private individuals who place beds and umbrellas on their own land.
He also said that “this revenue will be invested and returned in specific ways back to the citizens of Ayia Napa. One of the ways under study is a small reduction of taxes to the municipality.”
The mayor welcomed the income from the management of beaches, adding it has created about 25 new jobs.
“Further comments on the beaches that we receive from both Cypriots and foreign visitors are very positive, something that forces us to try even more to have a better result next season,” Karousos concluded.