The ambassador of Finland and the mayor of Paphos confirmed their interest in building a close cooperation in the fields of tourism and culture.

In a meeting held on Tuesday at the Paphos municipal hall, Mayor Phedonas Phedonos and Ambassador of Finland Harri Mäki-Reinikka discussed further expansion and strengthening of such cooperation.

Phedonos pointed out to the Finnish ambassador the advantages of a direct air connection between Paphos and Finland, noting that such a development would be a decisive factor in strengthening tourist flows while also contributing to the development of relations between the two countries.

For his part, Mäki-Reinikka expressed interest in ensuring air connectivity. The Finnish ambassador noted that arrivals to Cyprus from Finland exceed 40,000 visitors per year and agreed to highlight Cyprus as a tourist destination in the Finnish market.

To this end, a teleconference will be arranged within the next few days, between the respective tourism industry stakeholders of Paphos and Finland, to specify ways in which cooperation can happen.