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Japanese travel agents visit Paphos

TRAVEL representatives from Japan were visiting Paphos this week and meeting local officials with the aim of developing tourism to the town ahead of it taking over the Culture Capital title.

Head of the Paphos regional board of tourism, Nasos Hadjigeorgiou, told the Cyprus Mail that a small delegation from the Japanese Association of Travel Agents was invited to Cyprus by ‘Pafos2017’.

“We met with them, exchanged ideas about preparing special packages for Paphos which their members will be able to take advantage of,” he said.

Hadjigeorgiou gave a general presentation about Paphos and what it has to offer and the tourism board gave further information for the delegation to take back to Japan, with the aim of passing it on to its members, who may be interested in putting together packages for ‘Pafos2017’, he said.

“If they have members who are interested to put together special packages, then they will be able to return and see the hotels, meet with transport companies, guides and travel agents and so on,” he said.

The Japanese representatives also met with the mayor of Paphos, Phedonas Phedonos and discussed specific ways to promote tourism.

A municipality spokesman said: “The representatives showed great interest in creating tourism packages and there are already flight connections via neighbouring countries. They also showed great interest in cultural tourism and Cyprus as a whole, and said that Paphos as the cultural capital of Europe, is a very interesting destination”.

The mayor informed the delegation about the cultural wealth and tourism infrastructure of Paphos and also about the development projects in progress, said the spokesman.
“The main objective of the visit is the inclusion of Paphos in tourist packages that are being prepared for 2017.”

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