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Gold quality award for Paphos

PAPHOS has won a Gold Quality Award as a top Sustainable Coastal Tourist Destination for 2016.
This was the second time the entire coastal area including, Yeroskipou, Paphos, Kissonerga, Chlorakas, Peyia, Polis Chrysochous and Neo Chorio achieved Quality Coast status – recognising that they are clean and safe with great facilities, said Nasos Hadjigeorgiou, the head of the Paphos regional board of tourism. The first win was in 2013.
The prestigious award is given out to holiday destinations that best maintain their local identity, natural and cultural heritage, scenic beauty, and a clean environment. Quality Coast Awards will be presented to winning destinations.
Hadjigeorgiou said that the district excelled in the recent evaluation by an international jury under the European institution ‘Quality Coast.’
“In order to achieve Quality Coast status beaches have to reach high standards for water cleanliness, facilities and visitor information. We would like to thank the municipal authorities of Paphos, Yeroskipou, Peyia and Polis, as well as the community councils of Chlorakas, Kissonerga and Neo Chorio for making this award possible.”
The success follows on from Paphos’ recent award of 14 blue flags for its beaches.
The local tourism head noted that the Quality Coast policy awards recognises qualities and efforts toward sustainability in the whole territory of the community. The award gives the right to display the Quality Coast flag, banner and other material throughout the community, not only on the beach.
He said that award winning communities can use the accolade as a hugely beneficial promotional tool, such as, presenting the award at local award ceremonies; companies and shops in any Quality Coast destination can also display references to the award for their community.
“Award winners can also widely disseminate the international Quality Coast brochure and refer to the Quality Coast public website,” he said.
Quality Coast is the largest international certification programme for sustainable tourism destinations.
Since 2007,125 tourist destinations in 23 countries have been selected for awards, covering, coastal towns, resorts and islands. As from 2013, destinations from all the world can apply for a Quality Coast Award, giving it even more global recognition
Hadjigeorgiou said: “The international assessment and recommendations by the Quality Coast jury also provide the local authority with a guidance to be considered in an agenda for improvement.”
This year’s comments for improvement were: ‘Stronger efforts should be made in order to improve the accessibility to the key tourist attraction sites for people with special needs.”

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