The tourist industry continues to be threatened by unlicensed beds, mayor of Paphos Phedonas Phedonos said on Sunday.
Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), Phedonos said as a district Paphos receives the largest number of tourists and the unlicensed beds result in unfair competition for hotels and apartment in addition to a loss of income for both the government and local authorities.
He said 10,000 beds are available illegally in Paphos, which poses a “terror” threat for legal operators.
He said in Paphos the number of licensed beds is increasing and as hotels continually update and modernise, meaning the tourism product offered by Cyprus has improved.
He said though that while Paphos leads the way in the sale of immoveable property, it also has the highest level of unemployment on the island and the highest number of recipients of the Guaranteed Minimum Income (GMI), while he said it was important to point out that locals are losing out on the job market to foreigners as 16,000 of them are employed.
But, he said, the local authority of Paphos is working hard to take initiatives and actions to build an outward-looking city that can play a role in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East.
In this context, he referred to the international airport and its improved road links in addition to the establishment of a university in the region.