President, Nicos Anastasiades on Thursday announced the appointment of Savvas Perdios as the new deputy minister for tourism.
Perdios, 38, will be officially appointed as deputy minister next week at a ceremony at the presidential palace.
According to Government Spokesman, Prodromos Prodromou, Perdios will, as of the beginning of the new year, start working on the implementation of the national strategy on tourism “by implementing the necessary horizontal policies, the planning of tourism development, as well as the overall political supervision of the tourism sector.”
Perdios holds degrees in finance and accounting from the University of Warwick and in hospitality management from the École Hôtelière de Lausanne and has professional experience “in major international organisations of the tourism industry,” Prodromou said.
The last post Perdios held prior to his appointment was Chief Operations Officer of Louis Hotels.
A bill providing for the transfer of the responsibility for tourism-related legislation from the ministry of energy, commerce, industry and tourism to the new deputy ministry from January 2, 2019, was approved by cabinet last month.
To that end, the cabinet also approved renaming the ministry of energy, commerce, industry and tourism by deleting the tourism part, as it will no longer be in charge of that sector.
Involved state services had said last month that, by the beginning of the year, everything would be ready for the transition. The new deputy ministry is to be housed at the offices of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO).
The government’s intention is for all current CTO employees to be transferred to the new ministry.
The establishment of the ministry is expected to usher in the implementation of the national strategy for tourism that has been shaped over the last five years through consultations with all stakeholders. The strategy includes clear targets and timetables expected to lead to the upgrading and promotion of Cyprus’ tourist product.