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‘Summer safety campaign for tourists was a success’

File photo: Ayia Napa in the high season

This year, the British High Commission has had to deal with far fewer cases of consular assistance, despite a 16 per cent increase in British tourists coming to Cyprus, it said on Friday.

Consular Regional Director William Middleton said on Friday the collaboration between the High Commission and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) on preventative measures had proved successful.

One of the measures adopted was the amendment of legislation, restricting the legal  alcohol intake to 9 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath for novice drivers, professional drivers, motorbikes and cyclists.

Another one was the placement of an ambulance in the centre of Ayia Napa, where it was available day and night during the summer months. CTO also offered educational seminars.

To improve safety on the beach and for bathers, CTO has given grants to local authorities for, among others, enabling access to beaches for the disabled, lifeguard towers, signage, lifesaving equipment, cleaning equipment and waste containers, while the lifeguard federation financially supported prevention campaigns and the publication of a safe swimming brochure.

On issues of security and harassment implemented measures included the production of a code of conduct for tourist safety by the CTO and limiting the area of Ayia Napa square for easier control and patrols. In addition, police issued leaflets in English with tips to protect tourists from theft and to combat attacks on women.

As regards to transport, a guide to taxi services in Cyprus was published in English.

 

 

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