TOURISM

Call to lift restrictions for visitors in Cyprus

Call to lift restrictions for visitors in Cyprus

The president of Cyprus’ ruling party DISY, Averof Neophytou, held a string of meetings with the political leadership and tourism organizations on Friday, with the aim of coordinating efforts to deal with the fallout from the war in Ukraine, while also calling for the abolition of the Cyprus Flight Pass.

Neophytou met with Deputy Tourism Minister Savvas Perdios and industry representatives to discuss the impact of decreasing arrivals of tourists from Russia and Ukraine, and how to mitigate the consequences through a diversification strategy and other possible alternatives.

Neophytou stressed that with the upgrading of Cyprus’ tourism services and the Mediterranean nation’s reputation as a top holiday destination, can alone contribute decisively to finding alternatives to offset the drop in arrivals from Ukraine and Russia.

As part of the strategy, Neophytou proposed that the government considers the abolition of the Cyprus Flight Pass from April 1, thereby removing another bureaucratic obstacle to tourism inflows. At the same time, any restrictive measures on tourist movements or activities should be abolished, with the exception of high-risk areas, he said.