The deputy ministry of tourism is planning to introduce a star system for restaurants, much as exists for hotels, daily Phileleftheros reported on Friday.
The idea is to modernise the system and make it easy for the customers to understand the quality of the food and service on offer.
Cypriot cuisine has a rich tradition, famous for distinct products such as halloumi, deputy minister Savvas Perdios believes, and the ministry hopes to highlight this tradition and to encourage restauranteurs to upgrade their services.
“We are not satisfied with the existing legislative framework regarding leisure centres,” Perdios said. “We are working on a revised framework which is expected to be completed within the year so as to send it to the legal services for review and later to the House,” Perdios told the paper.
“Prices should be differentiated according to whether an owner wants to have plastic chairs or not.”
He added hygiene would also be part of the rating.
“This is something Britain has done successfully. The customers choose where to go according to what they are offered.”
He also said incentives should be given to restaurants to renovate and upgrade their premises.
In addition, the ministry aims to further promote the Cyprus breakfast, which is already on offer in hotels.
The week from May 6 to 12 has been designated breakfast and brunch week, in which the government has asked hotels as well as tourists and locals to participate.
“It is an experience for us locals to experience this and mention it on social media,” Perdios noted.
In addition, two international street food festivals are being organised, for November and January.