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Famagusta-area hoteliers call for measures to stem drop in Russian arrivals

The Cyprus Hotel Association Pasyxe Famagusta on Friday called on the government to take corrective measures to stem any reduction in specific markets such as Russia.

According to a written announcement ,the board of Pasyxe Famagusta said both arrivals and bookings were lower than last year, especially from the Russian and German markets, but also with the British market remaining at last year’s levels.

The announcement echoed a similar statement from Ayia Napa mayor Yiannis Karousos on Thursday.

Pasyxe Famaguata called on officials to recognise the reduction that exists and to take steps to correct it.

The board also discussed “the huge problem of the uncontrolled use of villas as tourist accommodation without the relevant permits and approvals and especially without the payment of any taxes”.

“Pasyxe Famagusta urges the government, the parliament and the CTO to take immediate drastic measures and to adopt similar regulations governing the operation of these villas as exist for licensed tourist accommodation,” it added.

With regard to the “massive problem of the labour shortage that exists in the entire tourism industry”, Pasyxe “calls on the government to take the appropriate measures and stop focusing on trivial prohibitions such as at employment of students from third countries,” it added.

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