Cyprus Mail

Paphos seeks to lure more Irish tourists


Local officials and tourism representatives will promote Paphos as a top holiday destination at an important holiday show in Ireland later this week.

The popular ‘Holiday World Show’ will be held in Dublin on January 25-27, and attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year.

The mayor of Geroskipou, Michalis Pavlides and the municipality secretary, along with the head of the Paphos regional board of tourism, Nasos Hadjigeorgiou, and a number of hoteliers will participate in the exhibition, representing the entire district of Paphos.

“It is very important to participate in this tourism show, especially as for the summer season of 2019 as Ryanair has scheduled two flights a week from Dublin to Paphos, there will also be other options from a travel organiser available too,” a spokesman for the tourism board said.

Visitors to the event will be able to find about all about each promoted destination, including Paphos, and compare the best deals at the show held at the RDS Simmonscourt in Dublin.

The Holiday World Show is Ireland’s largest travel show.

“It is the only show here where you can meet over 1,000 travel professionals from around the world to plan your dream holiday and take advantage of exclusive show-only specials and deals,” organisers said.

The event will be presented using a new show format where exhibitors are grouped into nine categories. These include: home holidays, Africa and the Middle East, Europe and the Mediterranean, (this includes Cyprus), the Caribbean, America, Asia and the Pacific; cruise lines and ferries; adventure travel, tour operators and caravan and motorhomes.

Around two thousand industry professionals will be on hand to give visitors advice and information.

“This event will help with the prospect of restoring and further reviving the market in the coming years. Tourism will be boosted,” said the Paphos tourism board.

The Paphos delegation will also meet with travel organisers and specialised agents to promote tourist packages.

“In 2018, arrivals from the Irish market made a significant leap and totalled around 20,000 thousand, an increase of 165 per cent – compared to 2017 where the numbers were around only 7,300,” the spokesman said.

He added that the Irish market is one that can significantly contribute to the expansion of the tourist season in the future, as a fairly large percentage of travellers so far fly at non-peak times, and there is also the opportunity for a good market share of specialised tourism, including weddings, honeymoons, golfers, walkers, athletes, and so on.

The 2018 figures for tourist arrivals to Cyprus were the highest ever recorded in a period of one year, according to Cystat.

Just under four million tourists visited Cyprus in 2018, which was a 7.8 per cent increase compared with 2017.


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