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Bill creating under-secretariat for tourism going to plenum next month

The bill creating an under-secretariat for tourism will head to the plenum next month, almost two years after it was approved by the cabinet.

The bill provides for most of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation’s (CTO) responsibilities to be gradually transformed to an under-secretariat for tourism in a bid to boost competitiveness.

The sub-ministry would be headed by an under-secretary for tourism, and without a board of directors, to avoid overlap with the CTO.

It is thought the CTO will be stripped of most of its responsibilities, focusing only on the promotion of tourism.

Approved by the cabinet in October 2016, it has since been at the House finance committee where discussions were repeatedly postponed.

`Chairman of the House finance committee, Disy leader Averof Neophytou said there was one political party which believed the CTO and under-secretariat for tourism could co-exist.

He was referring to Akel and said it was a matter of two different political approaches.

Akel MP Stefanos Stefanou said his party was in favour of creating the under-secretariat for tourism however it had a different view to the government on how it will be structured.

“We don’t agree that the CTO should be dissolved… but that is should remain autonomous under the umbrella of the sub ministry with specific responsibilities and powers it will have.”



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