The Changing Face Of Cyprus

It is impossible to miss the glossy billboards on the highways and on the outskirts of every city in Cyprus, all advertising the high-end developments that are changing the skyline. Undoubtedly, this latest real estate boom has impacted Limassol the most. Limassol Marina, with an overall cost exceeding €400 million, is home to numerous super-yachts berthed in front of luxurious villas and apartments with their own access to the beach. To the east of the Marina, the skyline is filling Read More

Cyprus can indeed become a luxury destination says Parklane hotel director

By Andrew Rosenbaum What is the way forward for tourism in Cyprus? Most experts agree that there is a need to become less dependent on mass market tourism and the large tour operators who service it. But how can tourism be diversified? “There are a whole series of specific practical changes we can make without delay that would help make Cyprus into an upmarket, luxury destination,” said Kratinos Socratous, director of sales and marketing at the Parklane, a luxury resort Read More

Seven reasons why you should establish a business in Cyprus

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and has a ton of business opportunities for locals and foreigners despite its small size. Setting up a business on the island as an immigrant offers benefits including profitable international ventures and tax planning purposes. Several factors make Cyprus a great business destination. These include economic stability, a strong consumer market backed by a high per capita income, which promotes the tertiary service industry, and a modern free-market economy. The country Read More

Cyprus is “a great place for businesses to set up shop” — US Ambassador

The US Ambassador to Cyprus Judith G. Garber said on Thursday that the solid management of the novel coronavirus crisis in Cyprus by the government has brought it considerable recognition. “This has been good for Cyprus’s reputation as a competent global partner, and as a very good base for regional operations. It’s a great place to set up shop,” she added. The ambassador noted that Cypriots are well-educated, and that Cyprus is only a two-hour flight from major markets. “Getting Read More

How expensive is Cyprus compared to rest of EU?

Food prices in Cyprus in 2019 were 6.5% higher than the EU27 average, but housing costs were 25.5% lower, according to a data visualisation published by Eurostat today which compares prices in a number of categories across the 27 EU member states. The results for Cyprus are:   Continue reading at source:  Read More

Paphos remains champion in property sales

Paphos, the birthplace of Aphrodite – goddess of love and beauty, is one of the most beautiful regions in the Mediterranean, and the most sought-out location by property buyers as sales for May 2020 have shown. The cosmopolitan resort town, and the entire picturesque province, is the safest and most secure area on the island where one can live, work and holiday.   Continue reading at source:  Cyprus Read More

Cyprus has cleanest bathing waters in Europe

Cyprus has the cleanest bathing waters across Europe, Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis said on Monday after an EU-wide report showed 99.1 per cent of bathing waters on the island were excellent quality. The report by the European Environment Agency put Cyprus in first place for proportion of bathing waters with excellent quality in European countries for 2019. Austria was second place with 98.5 per cent, followed by Malta with 97.7 per cent and Greece with 95.7 Read More

Cyprus is an Affordable Paradise for Everyone!!!

Dreaming of Sun, Sea and Snow all in the SAME day? This is Cyprus!  Four Seasons in less than an hour's drive! * Enjoy laying on some of the World's BEST and Cleanest Beaches * Take a shopping trip to a Cosmopolitan City * Stroll through the Old Towns and experience traditional Cypriot life * Smell the fresh crisp air of the Mountains * Discover the Beautiful Award Winning Nature Trails * Soak in the History of the Ancient Monuments and Churches * Read More

Cyprus Deputy Ministry of Tourism will Announce Final Version of National Tourism Strategy

Cyprus Deputy Minister for Tourism Savvas Perdios has said that the Deputy Ministry will soon announce the final version of the 2020 – 2030 National Tourism Strategy, the Cyprus News Agency reports.Tourism is among the Government’s top priorities, Perdios underlined on Friday, speaking at an event of the Cyprus Hotels Association in Famagusta.According to Perdios, for the years 2020 – 2021 the Deputy Ministry was planning to put emphasis on Cyprus’ connectivity, its branding which would be launched Read More

Cyprus provides fertile investment ground for both USA, Russia

USA and Russia have an opposite perception on many international issues but one thing the two superpowers seem to share is the view that Cyprus is a real attractive investment destination, according to analysts.They seem totally convinced that Cyprus provides fertile investment ground for both Russian and American companies. And that the relation between the three players is not one-dimensional but one which is beneficial to all.That is why business leaders from both countries have embarked on a Read More

Reviving Platres, the former jewel of the mountains

President Nicos Anastasiades is anxious to develop the mountain resorts which were the pioneers of tourism in Cyprus.  He is the first president to show a positive interest in the mountain resorts.He has appointed  Yiannakis  Papadouris  – who was successful in developing agrotourism in Kalopanayiotis – to submit proposals but Papadouris is said to have stated that he will not prepare and submit a proposal for the development of Platres.Platres saw very successful days in luxury hotel development and tourist arrivals from overseas until the Second World War. Read More

60000 airport passengers in just one day

Cyprus recorded the highest number of passengers on a single day this year at both Larnaca and Paphos airports on Wednesday, with a total of 312 flights and approximately 60,000 passengers travelling to and from the airports.Continue reading at source : Cyprus Read More

Fig Tree Bay Voted Number Three In Top Fifty Beach List

The fifty “Best Beaches In The World 2019” list has been revealed by Big 7 Travel with Fig Tree Bay, Protaras coming in at number three.The well known and popular beach in Protaras received the following review: Continue reading at source:  Cyprus Tourism Read More New Dynamic Website for Promoting and Discovering Cyprus

On August 3rd, will host a summer party for its official launch, at Columbia Beach in Limassol, 15:00 - 20:00. Everyone is welcome to join the party and dance to the music summer rhythms of the Resident DJ’s.  A reservation on the venue is highly recommended. is a new dynamic website that aims to promote Cyprus, both locally and internationally, in order to attract tourists and foreign investors, while presenting the unparalleled beauties of our Read More

'Cyprus a regional hub of business excellence'

President of the House Demetris Syllouris said on Friday that the Cypriot economy was expanding outwards as a regional hub of business excellence.“Although Cyprus’ main pillars of business are based on tourism, shipping and professional services, there is a constant attempt for improvement and innovation. With the contribution of Foreign Direct Investments rising steadily and the future prospect of Cyprus becoming an Eastern Mediterranean oil and gas centre, it is no wonder that the Cypriot economy is expanding outwards Read More

Let's Make Cyprus Green celebrates NGO milestone

Cyprus’ growing green credentials have received a further boost with the announcement that Let’s Make Cyprus Green has officially become a non-government organisation under Cyprus law.“Achieving NGO status is a huge step forward for Let’s Make Cyprus Green. With this status we will be able to expand our environmental, educational and prevention actions,” Eleni Kazelas, head of Let’s Make Cyprus, said.“Our goal for 2019 is to continue to raise public awareness through various actions, invite more community involvement Read More

Foreign Ministry: Cyprus Works to Promote a European Vision that Meets Expectations of EU Citizens

The Republic of Cyprus, having a clear orientation and specific positions, is working to define and promote a clear European vision that truly meets the expectations of the citizens of the EU member states, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of Cyprus` accession to the EU.It also noted that the status of Cyprus` EU membership has brought a new dimension to the efforts to solve the Cyprus problem, making European law Read More

EU accession one of greatest achievements in the modern history of Cyprus House Speaker says

Cyprus’ accession to the European Union constitutes one of the greatest achievements in the modern history of Cyprus, President of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris said on Wednesday, addressing an event in Poland, marking the 15th anniversary of the EU’s 2004 enlargement, upon the invitation of the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz MorawieckiSyllouris, who represented the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades at the event, said that Cyprus’ EU membership has been a source of inspiration and hope for the Read More

Invest Cyprus: Indian Businesses Interested to Invest in Cyprus

The Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (Invest Cyprus), recently held a business breakfast for the Indian companies operating in London.The business breakfast falls within the scope of Invest Cyprus’ mission to promote Cyprus as an investment destination and business hub, as well as the Agency’s broader effort to capitalise on the opportunities that arise from Brexit, promoting the island as a destination for corporate headquarters. The business breakfast was attended by more than 30 Indian company representatives with operations and Read More

Perdios: 'Cyprus is not Just Sun and Sea'

Cyprus is not just a sun and sea destination and time has come to promote the island’s mountains and other forms of tourism it has to offer, Deputy Minister for Tourism Savvas Perdios has said.Perdios had a meeting on April 22 with Limassol mayor Nicos Nicolaides and mayors of neighboring municipalities during which he expressed support for the mayor`s plans to further promote the city’s tourist product.  Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency, the Deputy Minister said that Limassol Read More

Plan for rejuvenation of mountain villages to be ready in May

By Annette ChrysostomouThe comprehensive plan to rejuvenate the mountain communities is close to completion, the mountain development commissioner Yiannakis Papadouris told the Sunday Mail this week.A meeting with the finance ministry on April 24 is the final step before the proposal is presented to the council of ministers on May 15.The process started following last year’s cabinet approval of the interior minister’s strategic plan for the development of mountain regions, which seeks to halt and reverse the decades-long Read More

Limassol and Paphos Among the Top 20 Cheapest Beach Holidays in Europe

Post Office UK has released its annual Holiday Costs Barometer for 2019 which details the cheapest places to go for a beach holiday this year, the Evening Standard reports.Sunny Beach in Bulgaria tops the list of the of the best bargain beach holiday for 2019, down 10.7 per cent from last year, with the Algarve in Portugal following close behind with a price fall of 16.2 per cent.Limassol in Cyprus saw the biggest price fall over the past 12-month period, with Read More

Perdios: Sports Tourism Should be an Integral part of Cyprus' Tourist Product

Deputy Ministry for Tourism will work to render sports tourism an integral part of Cyprus’ tourist product, Deputy Minister Savvas Perdios has said on March 21, addressing the 3rd Running Forum.“The Deputy Ministry intends to work with the ultimate goal to render sports tourism as an integral part of the country’s tourist product, capable of having multiple added value for our economy,” he said.Perdios said the Ministry promotes the growth of sport tourism through its own actions in collaboration Read More

Hoteliers share vision of Cyprus as a 'smart tourist state'

Hoteliers on Wednesday suggested the creation of a ‘smart’ tourist state that would use technology to analyse trends and plan strategies to make Cyprus one of the world’s most attractive destinations.The head of the Hotel Managers Association on Wednesday, Christos Angelides, said that technology played a pivotal role in the way the tourism sector now operated.In his address during the association’s annual general meeting, that was attended by deputy minister for tourism, Savvas Perdios, Angelides called for a Read More

Petrolina Supports the Promotion of Cyprus as an Investment Destination

Cypriot petroleum company Petrolina, hosted a multi-party diplomatic mission on 15 March 2019, thereby boosting the common effort to promote Cyprus as an attractive investment destination.In the framework of the visit, over 40 diplomats from 23 countries met with Petrolina’s Board of Directors at the company’s headquarters in Larnaca. Petrolina’s Managing Director (CEO), Dinos Lefkaritis, presented the Company and replied to the visitors’ questions on the company’s investments, as well as its upcoming move to its new terminal at Read More

Work set to start on Ayia Napa monastery upgrade

Work will start this month to upgrade the Ayia Napa monastery, with the project set to take until May 2020 to be completed, it was announced on Tuesday.During this time there will be no services. However, visits to the church can take place, but for security reasons it will not be possible to visit any other part of the monastery, an announcement by the Holy Metropolis of Constantia, Famagusta said.The contract for the works was signed on February Read More

Anastasiades to travel to London as guest of royal family

President Nicos Anastasiades is to travel to London as a guest of the royal family, government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou announced on Wednesday.Speaking to reporters at the presidential palace spokesman said the President would travel on March 3 in as a guest of the royal family to attend an event organised by Buckingham Palace as part the Commonwealth entitled ‘Celebration for Cyprus’. Continue reading at source:  Cyprus Read More

Cyprus to focus on attracting special interest tourism

One of Cyprus’ goals is to attract special interest tourism which is huge market but it takes time, specialisation and targeted actions, Deputy Minister for tourism, Savvas Perdios, said on Wednesday.Perdios said after a cabinet meeting that an agreement had been reached on the main business pillars that must govern the final version of the National Strategy for Tourism up to 2030 following consultations over the past few weeks with stakeholders.“We have also made an analysis of Europe’s Read More

Cyprus to set up a single insurance and pensions supervisory authority

Cyprus will set up a new single independent insurance and pensions fund supervisory authority joining the separate authorities currently supervising the sectors, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades announced on Thursday.The announcement was made during a joint press conference with the President of European Insurance and Occupational Pensions (EIOPA) Authority Gabriel Bernardino, who backed the government’s proposal.“I am really encouraged of the announcement the Minister made today, I strongly supported it,” Bernandino said, adding that the proposal is clearly in Read More

The Cyprus Government and Melco Reaffirm Mutual Goal to Further Establish Cyprus as a Must-Visit Destination

On Thursday, 24 January 2019, the newly appointed Deputy Minister of Tourism was welcomed by Lawrence Ho, Chairman and CEO of Melco Group, to Cyprus Casinos “C2” Nicosia where they exchanged views on the deputy minister’s new strategy for tourism and Melco’s main objectives and goals for the City of Dreams Mediterranean Integrated Casino Resort (ICR) as well as the Cyprus Casinos properties.Ho informed the Deputy Minister about the successful operations of the three Cyprus Casinos so far, as well Read More

Draft approved for climate plan 2021-2030

THE CABINET has approved the draft for the national energy and climate plan for 2021-2030 aiming to achieve the European Union’s ‘ambitious goals’ to make a real contribution to tackling climate change, it was announced on Thursday.The move is in line with the regulation on the governance of the energy union and climate action, whereby each member state is required to establish a 10-year National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) for the period from 2021 to 2030 in order Read More

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 Read More

Third Place for Cyprus in Europe's Most Family Friendly Beach Destinations

According to a new Family Beach Index conducted by the company, On the Beach, Cyprus has ranked third out of a total of 50 family beach destinations. The index covered eight European countries.Criteria examined air and sea temperatures, family friendly attractions, flight duration from the UK and average cost for a family of four to compile the rankings, Travel Trade Daily reports.Crete came first, followed by Costa Blanca, and Cyprus in third place.According the On the Beach, Read More

Historic number of tourist arrivals in 2018 with 3.93m visitors

A historic high of just under four million tourists visited Cyprus in 2018, which was a 7.8 per cent increase compared with 2017, date from the statistical service (Cystat) showed on Thursday.Between January and December 2018, a total of 3,938,625 tourists chose Cyprus as their destination, compared to the 3,652,073 tourists who visited in the corresponding period in 2017.The 2018 figures for tourist arrivals were the highest ever recorded in a period of one year, Cystat said. Read More

Huge upsurge in Google searches for Cyprus tourism

Google searches by people interested in tourism in Cyprus reach about 100 million a year, while in 2017 there was a 60 per cent increase, according to the Google Travel Director for Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Malta, Orestis Andrianis.According to CNA, speaking at the digitisation conference ‘ Cyprus International 2019’ in Nicosia, Andrianis said that the increase in searches for Cyprus through Google was the 7th largest in Europe.Some 70 per cent of the searches come from Read More

Deputy tourism minister begins talks with stakeholders

Cyprus must not get complacent with the growth in tourist arrivals in recent years and needs to diversify its product, deputy minister for tourism Savvas Perdios said on Tuesday.He was speaking to reporters following his first meeting with parliamentarians after being appointed to the junior ministry for tourism.Perdios said the island needs to invest on the points that can give it a competitive advantage, such as the temperate climate and hospitality.He has initiated a round of consultations Read More

Higher education has government's full support, says president

Tertiary education is getting bigger and better, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Monday, addressing the 25th assembly of university rectors.“We support in every way upgrading the operation of higher education institutions, including infrastructure and the programmes of studies they offer,” he said.In particular, he reported that of the 32,000 students attending higher education institutions in Cyprus during the academic year 2012-2013, 8,000 were from other countries, while in the academic year 2017-2018 the total number of students rose Read More

Property demand and prices

Investing in real estate in Cyprus is worthwhile for foreign and local investors for all types of property. The reduction in the prices due to the economic crisis, the decrease of deposit and loan interest rates, the interest of foreigners in obtaining Cyprus citizenship and residency, the increase in tourism, government incentives and the exchange of properties for the repayment of debts constitute some of the main factors which have gradually created and increased property demand. At the same time, Read More

Anastasiades: Tourism Enters a New Era of Modernisation

Tourism sector in Cyprus is entering a new era of modernisation, President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades said on Wednesday, speaking at the swearing in ceremony of the first Deputy Minister of Tourism Savvas Perdios, at the Presidential Palace.The President spoke of “an important milestone for the tourism sector in Cyprus in general, which is entering a new era of modernisation, by officially obtaining its own autonomous deputy Ministry”.According to the Cyprus News Agency, he noted that the sector Read More

The Effect of Brexit on UK Citizens Living in Cyprus

By Savvas Savvides, Michael Kyprianou & Co LLCJanuary 02, 2019 I am sure many of us have been closely following the political events taking place in the United Kingdom over the past few days, following the political process and the draft agreement regarding Brexit and the relationship between the UK and the EU.I believe it will be helpful to provide a short recap and explanation of the last few days’ events in relation to the agreement, where there has been Read More

Cyprus tops list of cheapest winter sun destinations

UK holidaymakers wanting to begin the new year with a bargain winter sun trip should head to Cyprus, according to new research.In the “Best bargains for a New Year winter sun holiday abroad” report Post Office Travel Money analysis found the city of Paphos has the lowest cost out of 12 popular destinations for a one-week holiday package at the beginning of January plus meals and drinks.By combining the cost of a one-week holiday package (based on two sharing a Read More

Majority of tourists satisfied with Cyprus holiday would return survey

The majority of tourists who visited Cyprus between June and September 2018 said they were satisfied to a great extent with their stay, a survey commissioned by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) has shown.The survey took place at the island’s two international airports in the cities of Larnaca and Paphos.It showed that tourists chose Cyprus as their holiday destination because of the sunny weather and the sea, the tranquillity and the attractiveness of the environment, the hospitality, its Read More

Tourist Arrivals Hit Record High in November

Arrivals of tourists reached 158.685 in November 2018 compared with 144.676 in November 2017, recording an increase of 9.7%, on the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey, the Statistical Service said on Monday 17 December.“November 2018 had the highest volume of tourist arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the specific month,” Cystat announced. It added that between January – November 2018 arrivals of tourists stood at 3.832.062 from 3.553.149 in Read More

Eight Cyprus Projects Nominated for the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture

Eight projects in Cyprus have been chosen among the nominees for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2019.The award is a prize given biennially by the European Union and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona, to acknowledge and reward quality architectural production in Europe. The Prize objectives aim at promoting and understanding the significance of quality and reflecting the complexity of Architecture's own significance in terms of technological, constructional, social, economic, Read More

What is Agros getting right?

Judging by the ever-busy Rodon Hotel, Agros is a favourite destination for Cypriots and foreigners alike. But what is so different from other mountain villages, which are struggling to fill their hotels during most months of the year?It is probably a combination of factors.For one, there is the hotel itself which offers a range of indoor and outdoor facilities at reasonable rates, plus – arguably more important for many of its Cypriot guests – there is music and Read More

Cypriot Start-Ups in Cairo Exhibition

Cyprus participated in the biggest ICT exhibition themed Driving Transformation, hosted by Egypt between November 15 and 28, 2018. Under the umbrella of COIN (Collaboration Innovation Network), Cyprus, Greece, and Egypt joined forces with the aim of boosting innovation and entrepreneurship in the three countries.The Cypriot delegation included representatives from the Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency, and three start-ups that had won a ticket to participate through a national selection process as Read More

A guided tour of the complex Cyprus family tree

By Agnieszka RakoczyCyprus is a fascinating mosaic of nationalities and cultures, a heady mix that should be recorded in full, says Aristeidis Koudounaris, author of the “Biographical Dictionary of Cypriots 1800-1920”, which has just been published by the University of Nicosia.The seventh edition of this “Who’s Who” of the significants in the history of Cyprus comprises two volumes and details the achievements of 1,100 eminent Cypriots born between 1800 and 1920. Continue reading at source:  Cyprus Read More

Tourist Arrivals Rise by 6.6% in October

On the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey, arrivals of tourists reached 433,617 in October 2018 compared to 406,870 in October 2017, recording an increase of 6.6%. October 2018 had the highest volume of tourist arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the specific month, according to data released by the Statistical Service of Cyprus.For the period of January – October 2018 arrivals of tourists totaled 3,673,377 compared to 3,408,473 in the corresponding period of 2017, recording Read More

Lakkotrypis: Cyprus Reaches 4 Million Visitors in 2018

Cyprus is expected to reach 4 million tourists in 2018, with the Minister of Tourism Yiorgos Lakkotrypis speaking of “another exceptional record year.”He was speaking at the annual World Travel Market, held in London’s ExCel exhibition centre, which opened its gates to tourism professional from around the world.Cyprus is represented at the three-day long event by tens of co-exhibitors under the umbrella of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO), headed by the Minister.On the first day of his Read More

Akamas park will be ready by 2022

THE cabinet on Thursday approved the goals and basic provisions of a sustainable development plan for the Akamas National Park, which lies inside a wider protected area.“There is a timeframe, and it starts today and will be completed by the end of 2022, when we expect to deliver a modern and functional park,” agriculture minister Costas Kadis said.According to the minister, the plan for the Akamas park has three pillars: preserve biodiversity; create conditions of sustainable growth for Read More

Parades mark October 28 around the island

Schoolchildren and groups around the island held parades on Sunday to mark the moment in WWII that the Greeks stood up to opposing forces, a national holiday in both countries.A church service to mark the date was held at 10am at the Ayios Ioannis cathedral in Nicosia attended by President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek ambassador Ilias Fotopoulos. The service was officiated by Bishop Goergios of Paphos as the Archbishop is still recovering from surgery last week.At 11am the Read More

Leaders Announce Lefka/Aplici and Deryneia Crossing Points will Open on November 12

The leaders of the island's two communities, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, announced that the Lefka/Aplici and Deryneia crossing points will open on November 12, in a joint statement released by the United Nations in Cyprus after their meeting on Friday.“The leaders are pleased to announce that on 12 November 2018, crossing points at Lefka/Aplici and Deryneia/Derinya will be open,” the joint statement reads. Continue reading at source:  Gold News Read More

Cyprus second in EU for residence permits

During 2017 Cyprus issued the second highest number of residence permits of all the EU member states; 22.1 per 1,000 Cypriot citizens; Malta was in first place with 23 permits per 1,000 Maltese citizens.CYPRUS issued a total of 18,971 residence permits in its territory in 2017 putting it second behind Malta, according to Eurostat.Out of the total number 18,971 permits, citizens of India received 4,710, (24.8%), there were 2,883 Russians (15.2%) followed by Nepal 1,406 Read More

Christodoulides: Enhancing Relations with Japan Amongst Priorities Of Cyprus Foreign Policy

Cyprus has placed enhancement of relations with Japan amongst the priorities of its foreign policy, said on Wednesday Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides after a meeting with his Japanese counterpart in Tokyo, Taro Kono.On his part, Kono said Japan attaches great significance in relations with Cyprus.In their statements before the working dinner in honour of the Cypriot FM, Christodoulides underlined that this is his first official visit to Japan, a country, noting that despite the geographical distance between them, Read More

Tourist arrivals hit record high in September

Tourist arrivals in Cyprus recorded a historic high in September 2018 and in the first nine months of the year, figures released on Wednesday by the Statistical Service show.Cystat reported that arrivals of tourists reached 520,138 in September 2018 compared to 483,716 in September 2017, an increase of 7.5 per cent. Continue reading at source:  Cyprus Read More

Continuing rise in property sales

The number of property sales in Cyprus continued to rise in September with the number of sales contracts deposited at Land Registry Offices across the Republic up 14 per cent compared with September 2017.DURING September 2018, the number of property sales contracts deposited at Land Registry offices across the Republic of Cyprus rose 14% compared to September 2017 according to official figures published earlier today by the Department of Lands and Surveys. Property sales have been rising for 17 Read More

Gas exploration can be a catalyst for cooperation new US ambassador says

Hydrocarbons can serve as a catalyst for increased regional cooperation and an incentive for a Cyprus settlement, the nominee for the position of US ambassador to Cyprus stated on Thursday.Judith Gail Garber was addressing the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.“This is an important time for Cyprus, a country situated at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. It is at this place that US national interests in anchoring the Euro-Atlantic Alliance, securing the Eastern frontier, Read More

Natasa Pilides We will Continue to Take Cyprus Shipping Forward

On March 1, 2018 Natasa Pilides was appointed as Cyprus’ first dedicated Shipping Deputy Minister, reporting directly to the President. She spoke to The Maritime Executive about the state's new governance and its shipping future.How is the Cyprus government's oversight of the shipping sector changing?The Deputy Ministry is the successor body to the Department of Merchant Shipping (DMS) which brings a strong 40-year heritage for us to develop for Cyprus’ shipping sector. This provides a solid foundation that we will Read More

President Anastasiades: I will always work for the country's progress and prosperity

President Anastasiades promised Cypriot citizens that he will never stop working for the country`s progress and prosperity, noting that his vision encompasses the entire sovereign state of the Republic of Cyprus, through reaching a solution of the Cyprus problem.In a televised address to mark the 58th anniversary of the Independence of Cyprus, President Anastasiades expressed his “feelings of appreciation, respect and pride for everything that we have collectively achieved throughout the years through the patience, the persistence and the Read More

CTO says ready for new digital era in tourism

The Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) on Thursday said it was ready to address the challenges of the new digital era, in a collaborative economy and online platforms for sharing and disseminating information.In its message to mark the World Tourism Day – September 27 – which this year is dedicated to tourism and the digital transformation, the CTO said that over the last few years, it implemented modern digital marketing methods, aiming at strengthening communication channels with the tourist community Read More

Ayia Napa working for huge boost in Chinese tourism

Chinese businesses have invested around €400 million in the Ayia Napa area and mayor Yiannis Karousos is working with the former ambassador of China Zhao Yali and the chairman of the Cyprus Guangdong Association (CGA) Yang Deming to boost ties even further, the mayor said on Wednesday.Among plans, in addition to the big investments such as €300m in the Ayia Napa marina and €100m in the Sun City tourism development, is the inclusion this year of Chinese cultural events Read More

Giant heart to celebrate World Tourism Day

To celebrate World Tourism Day the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) is calling on the public to get together to form a giant heart, sending a message of love and hospitality to the whole world.World Tourism Day celebrations will take place in Limassol from 4pm until 6pm on Thursday in the presence of Olympic sailing champion Pavlos Kontides. Continue reading at source:  Cyprus Read More

Professional Advisors Recommend Cyprus for International and Regional Headquartering

The 3rd Cyprus International Investors Summit which took place on Friday 14th September in Limassol presented investment opportunities of the International & Regional Headquartering in Cyprus and it was organised by Invest Cyprus.This event was a perfect platform for institutional investors, investment firms, real estate agents, citizenship specialists, lawyers, family offices and property/leisure fund providers to network with local companies involved in the sales and promotion of the International & Regional Headquartering in Cyprus, and why our island is Read More

Paphos coastline wins quality award for third consecutive year

Paphos has again won a Gold Quality Award as a top sustainable coastal tourist destination for 2018.This is the third consecutive year it has held the title, Nasos Hadjigeorgiou, head of the Paphos regional board of tourism, told the Cyprus Mail.This is the third time that the entire coastal area including, Paphos, Kissonerga, Chlorakas, Geroskipou, Peyia, Polis Chrysochous and Neo Chorio has achieved quality coast status. Continue reading at source:  Cyprus Read More

Cyprus to host one of the Eurovision news conferences in 2019

One of the largest media conferences being hosted ahead of the Eurovision song contest next year will be taking place in Cyprus in April 2019, the Cybc reported on Friday.Over 100 journalists from at least 30 countries covering the song contest in Tel Aviv, Israel, will be attending the news conference in Limassol, according to the public broadcaster.The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which organises the Eurovision, announced that they would be organising one of the media conferences in Read More

Cyprus the 7th most visited country per capita

With three visitors per inhabitant, Cyprus is among the most visited countries in the world, a new study by online magazine TravelMag has found.Numbers for visitor arrivals used for the survey were taken from a report released by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).With 6,600 visitors per 1,000 residents arriving in Iceland each year, that country emerged on top. Malta was in second place with 5,300 visitors, while the Bahamas completed the top three spots with 3,800 Read More

Tourist arrivals reach record high in August 2018

Tourist arrivals reached a record high this August and in the first eight months of this year, data released by the Cyprus Statistical Service on Monday show.The Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) said its initial projections “for yet another excellent year in tourism, registering upward trends, seem to be verified.”Tourist arrivals reached 534,847 in August 2018 compared to 523,651 in August 2017, an increase of 2.1 per cent.According to the Statistical Service “August 2018 had the highest Read More

Paphos sees great prospects for Israeli visitors

Paphos is preparing to welcome hundreds of Israeli tourism professionals in November for an annual conference as tourism from Israel is showing huge prospects for the coastal resort.The Israeli market has seen considerable growth over the last two years and concerted efforts are being made to expand this segment further by tourism professionals and stake holders, according to Nasos Hadjigeorgiou, head of the Paphos regional board of tourism.The participants will arrive in Paphos for the annual meeting of Read More

Panel Discussion at the 3rd Cyprus International Investors Summit Why Cyprus

Why is Cyprus an attractive location to establish International and Regional Headquarters? This was the main question of the panel’s discussion on September 14 at the 3rd Cyprus International Investors Summit.Cyprus has experienced an unprecedented economic growth during the last few years. This growth is reflected in all macroeconomic indicators such as GDP growth, decrease in national debt and unemployment. All credit rating agencies have upgraded Cyprus’s economy, keeping a positive outlook for the future. Major direct foreign investments were Read More

Times lists two Cyprus hotels among Europes top 20 for September sun

Two of the best 20 hotels in Europe to spend time in September are located in Cyprus, according to The Times newspaper.The paper looked at the best places to book now, when, as they say, “temperatures will still be high but prices are low”.Listed first are hotels in Greece (4) and Cyprus (2), next are places to stay in France (3), Italy (4), Spain (4), Portugal (2) and Croatia (1).The first Cypriot hotel the paper recommends for Read More

Over Half a Million Tourists in Cyprus in July 2018

On the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey, arrivals of tourists reached 539,626 in July 2018 compared to 531,030 in July 2017, recording an increase of 1.6%. July 2018 had the highest volume of tourist arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the specific month.According to the Statistical Service of Cyprus, for the period of January – July 2018 arrivals of tourists totaled 2,184,775 compared to 1,994,236 in the corresponding period of 2017, recording an increase of Read More

Troodos observatory will be finished in two years president says

In two years, the public will have the opportunity to watch phenomena like the Perseids meteor showers from the new Troodos observatory, President Nicos Anastasiades said.He was speaking at the event ‘With the Perseids in Troodos’ in the Troodos botanical gardens.While he congratulated the organisers of the event, he said he was confident that in two years the Agridia observatory would host similar events. Continue reading at Source:  Cyprus Read More

More Than 300 Flights To And From Cyprus To Take Place On 19th August

A total of 329 flights are expected to take place to and from Larnaca and Paphos International Airports on 19th August, the date which marks the day of peak air traffic.In a press release, Hermes Airports said that Larnaca and Paphos Airports are experiencing the peak of their passenger traffic as August is the month with most flights and the largest passenger traffic during the year.It said that Sunday 19th August will be the day with the largest Read More

Cyprus Moves Up Global Eco Index

A global metrics environment index places Cyprus 24 out of 180 countries for its priority on tackling issues like climate change and air pollution.It is a marked improvement on two years ago when the 2016 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranked Cyprus at 40. The 2018 EPI ranks 180 countries on 24 performance indicators across ten issue categories covering environmental health and ecosystem vitality, the Financial Mirror reports.Switzerland, France and Denmark are the top three in the index while Read More

Nissi Beach Among Worlds Best Beaches

Canvas Holidays estimates the value of Nissi Beach in Ayia Napa at 25 million pounds, after Honolulu`s Waikiki Beach. According to a press release by the Municipality of Ayia Napa, "Nissi Beach continues to attract praise and to be in the list of the top beaches of the world, along with the famous beaches Coba Cabana of Brazil, Pampelonne in St. Tropez of France and Venice Beach of California ". Following the complimentary reports from CNN and Trip Advisor, Canvas Read More

New website to promote Paphos district

By Bejay BrowneTHE Paphos regional board of tourism has launched a new comprehensive website as part of a wider campaign utilising technology and upgraded literature to help to promote the entire district.“This is one of the actions to renew the promotional material of Paphos. It is very necessary to use new technology to meet the changing needs of the user,” Nasos Hadjigeorgiou, the head of the Paphos regional board of tourism, told the Cyprus Mail. Continue reading at source:  Read More

Passenger traffic up by 8 per cent to nearly 6m JanuaryJuly

Passenger traffic through Cyprus’ two airports jumped 8 per cent between January to July 2018 with passenger movement close to 6m.According to data released by airports operator Hermes, a total of 5,939,198 passengers passed through Larnaca and Paphos during the period, an increase of 8 per cent or 438,834 passengers compared with the respective period of 2017. Continue reading at source:  Cyprus Read More

Tsielepis to Represent Cyprus at VAT Expert Academy in Germany

Alexis Tsielepis will represent Cyprus for the third year in a row at the International VAT Expert Academy (IVEA) in Dusseldorf, Germany in October.The high-level, two-day Academy appeals to experienced VAT managers, consultants and officials dealing with VAT from all over the world who will discuss in the course of 18 interactive workshops various issues that arise in their day-to-day business. It will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on 4-5 October 2018.Tsielepis, Managing Director of the Read More

Nissi beach is worth 28m 13th in worlds most valuable

Cyprus’ Nissi beach is worth £25m (approximately €28m), according to a study carried out by UK based Canvas Holidays.Making its way across British press on Wednesday, the findings showed that out of the world’s 15 most popular beaches, Venice Beach in California topped the list with a value of £2.39bn (approximately €2.68bn).The value was calculated by multiplying the beach’s size by the average cost per metre squared of an apartment in the same city.Closer to Read More

Tourist Arrivals Increase by 8.2%

On the basis of the results of the Passengers Survey, arrivals of tourists reached 511,073 in June 2018 compared to 472,450 in June 2017, recording an increase of 8.2%. June 2018 had the highest volume of tourist arrivals ever recorded in Cyprus during the specific month. For the period of January – June 2018 arrivals of tourists totaled 1,645,149 compared to 1,463,206 in the corresponding period of 2017, recording an increase of 12.4% and outnumbering the total arrivals Read More

Londa Beach Hotel Recognised as Cyprus Leading Boutique Hotel 2018

The Londa Beach Hotel, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels, has been crowned Cyprus’ Leading Boutique Hotel 2018 at the esteemed World Travel Awards (WTA) Europe gala ceremony. The 25th World Travel Awards, recognized globally as the ultimate travel accolade in the tourism industry, were staged at Zappeion Megaron Hall in Athens on June 30th in front of over 300 leading figureheads and VIPs from across Europe.A long-standing award-winning property, the Londa takes immense pride in this global Read More

Cyprus has third largest number of beach hotels in the Med

Cyprus has the third highest number of beachfront hotels among Mediterranean islands according to the specialised hotel search engine has the highest number, 735 hotels located directly next to the beach, followed by Crete with 677.With 309 beachfront hotels, Cyprus comes third, closely followed by Majorca where 301 were built. Continue reading at source:  Cyprus Read More

Airports introduce passport scanners

Airports operator Hermes on Tuesday introduced 74 interactive kiosks to facilitate passport control by allowing travelers to use a self-service option reducing overall processing time.In total, 74 BorderXpress kiosks have been installed at the two airports in the Republic — 44 in Larnaca and 30 in Paphos.Using the BorderXpress kiosks, passengers will scan their travel documents, complete their declaration and verify their identity and admissibility using facial recognition technology before proceeding to a police officer for final inspection. Read More

Parliament approves creation of tourism ministry

Parliament on Tuesday passed a law establishing a junior ministry for tourism, scheduled to begin operating in January next year.The government bill also provides for creating the position of an under-secretary to the president for tourism.Ruling Disy inserted an amendment, which also passed, providing that the junior ministry start operating as of January 2, 2019, rather than the November 1, 2018 date cited in the government bill.The government welcomed the development.In a statement, deputy government spokeswoman Read More

Fig Tree Bay beach one of most photographed on Instagram

Fig Tree Bay Beach in Protaras is one of the most popular beaches in the world, according to how many times they have been snapped on Instagram.A research by TravelSupermarket ranks the beach at number 20, with its hashtag #figtreebay used 31,088 times.The Cyprus beach is only one of four beaches in Europe in the top 25, the most popular one being Bournemouth in the UK ranked 7th. The other two are Reynisfjara Beach in Iceland, number 15, Read More

Tourism season expanding says President

Tourism in Cyprus has not only yielded higher revenues but has also been extended during off peak seasons as the industry remains one of the government’s top priorities, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Tuesday.Speaking during the annual general meeting of the Cyprus hotels association (Pasyxe), Anastasiades expressed his wish for a closer relationship with hoteliers and other bodies in a bid to achieve a modern and creative state not only for its citizens but for every visitor to the Read More

Our future security relies on protection from cyber threats

“Cybersecurity is crucial for the protection of society and for its prosperity and the sooner citizens comprehend this the better,” executive director of the recently formed Cyprus Cybersecurity Organisation (CyCSO) Executive Director Constantinos Tsiourtos told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA).“As our daily lives and our economy are increasingly dependent on digital technologies, our exposure to cybercrime risks is also growing. Malicious cyber-activities do not only threaten our economies and our progress towards digital single market, but also the very Read More

Paphos hospice and cancer charity working together to better serve patients

The friends’ hospice in Paphos and the Cyprus anti-cancer society have formed a working relationship to benefit people suffering with life-limiting illnesses.A memorandum of understanding has been signed by both organisations to support efforts on behalf of their respective patients. It combines training and an exchange of expertise and skill, according to Chris Jones, president of the friends’ hospice foundation.“This is a great development,” said Jones.The friend’s hospice was founded in 2006 and is situated in a dedicated wing Read More

Cyprus gaining ground in space tech services

Cyprus is gaining ground in the field of space technology services, and had already granted ten licences to organisations to launch telecommunication satellites using the space that Cyprus has secured through the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU)The director of the department of electronic communications at the ministry of transport, communications and works, Georgios Komodromos, told CNA Cyprus’ geographic position allows the island to ‘see’ satellites located above Asia and Australia and collect data where other earth stations in Europe have Read More

Promotion of Paphos in the Baltics a success

The promotion of Paphos at a number of events in the Baltics has been hailed a success by participating authorities.Hoteliers from Paphos along with representative of the Paphos regional board of tourism have returned to the town after participating in a series of presentations and workshops in the Baltic.These took place in Vilnius in Lithuania, Riga in Latvia and Tallinn in Estonia.A spokesman said: “More than 13 hotel units from Paphos and well over 120 tourist agents Read More

PwC Cyprus Introduces Your Journey to Cyprus Publication

PwC’s new publication created especially for people relocating to Cyprus takes readers on a journey to everything the country has to offer. This publication serves as the ultimate handbook covering issues ranging from immigration requirements to information regarding the Cyprus lifestyle. The 74-page publication is especially designed to provide solutions by simplifying access to information sought prior and during their stay in Cyprus ensuring a smooth and pleasant relocation. Continue reading at source Gold News Read More

The Real Estate Investment Summit Presents Cyprus Citizenship and Residency

More than 100 immigration experts from 24 countries are expected to attend the 3rd Cyprus Citizenship and Residency by Real Estate Investment Summit.The summit will be held on 24-26 May at Lanitis Harbor Lemesos, in Limassol, where the prospects of the Cypriot economy will be presented, but the focus will be on the latest developments of naturalization programs.With Cyprus being considered an attractive destination by foreign investors due to the programs of citizenship and permanent residence permit, the Read More

Paphos to be promoted as tourist destination in the Baltics

Travel agents from the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have expressed great interest in Paphos, the town’s tourism board said on Tuesday.A delegation from Paphos consisting of the head of the tourism board and hoteliers are heading to the three countries later in the month to participate in a series of presentations and workshops aimed at promoting the town as a tourism destination.Continue reading at source Cyprus Read More

Cypriot students win four medals in ISF World Schools Games

The Cypriot team returned from ISF World Schools Games Gymnasiade with four medals, two gold, one silver and one bronze, new national records and other distinctions.In a press release the Ministry of Education and Culture says that once more Cyprus achieved great success at the 2018 World Schools Games Gymnasiade in Casablanca, Morocco, the world`s largest school event which is held every two years.Continue reading at source Read More

New UK High Commissioner A Reunified Cyprus can Achieve Even Greater Things

A reunified Cyprus can achieve even greater things as a country, and so can our bilateral relationship, new UK High Commissioner to Cyprus Stephen Lillie has said, adding that his country will support the process for a Cyprus settlement, "which is our duty as a guarantor power and permanent member of the Security Council, but which is even more so our wish as a friend of the Cypriot people."Presenting his credentials to Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, Lillie noted that Read More

Foureira takes Cyprus to second place in Eurovision loses to Israel Updated

After a week of hype and excitment in Cyprus over coming in as the bookies’ favourite to win the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday night Eleni Foureira despite an energetic performace of the song ‘Fuego’, failed to clinch first place in the popular show, coming in second to Israel.President Nicos Anastasiades tweeted early on Sunday after the contest: “Bravo and thank you @foureira_eleni ! #Cyprus in the 2nd place @Eurovision for the first time. Congratulations for Read More

Cyprus heads to Eurovision Final

After a fiery performance at Tuesday night’s semi-final in Lisbon, Cyprus will be heading to the Eurovision Grand Final on Saturday.Greek popstar Eleni Foureira will represent the island with the song Fuego by Greek-Swedish songwriter and producer Alex Papaconstantinou, and she has been slated to take first place in the final by betting agencies.At Tuesday’s semi-final, Foureira appeared in a fiery glittering body suit, and dazzled the crowd with her choreography and performance, where actual flames shot from Read More

Saving the mountain resorts

By Annette ChrysostomouThe cabinet’s approval last week of the interior minister’s strategic plan for the mountain resorts is yet another attempt to halt and reverse the decades-long depopulation of the Troodos area.The main objectives are to attract more people to live in the area, to promote tourism, to balance the protection and exploitation of natural resources and to improve infrastructure and transport.Though the details remain vague, it is clearly an ambitious plan which is long overdue. The mountain Read More

Anastasiades Discusses Cyprus Issue Energy Matters and Economic Relations with Sisi

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades met on Tuesday 1 May with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el Sisi in Alexandria and discussed the Cyprus problem, energy cooperation and economic relations between the two countries. Anastasiades thanked Sisi for his support to Nicosia in the framework of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The two men also talked about energy projects, including the construction of a subsea pipeline for natural gas. Continue reading at source Gold News Read More

Anastasiades off to Egypt for launch of diaspora return progamme

President Nicos Anastasiades departs for Alexandria, Egypt, on Monday to launch the “Nostos The Return” initiative together with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos.From April 30 – May 6, the Egyptian government will host a group of second and third generation Egyptians who live in Greece and Cyprus to pay a visit to various sites in Alexandria, Cairo, El Alamein, Saint Catherine`s Monastery and Sharm El Sheikh.The “Nostos The Return” initiative is part of Read More

Famagusta mini model for a future Cyprus

A short afternoon walk within the walls of Famagusta offers few clues that change is in the air yet careful scrutiny of the stone and brick surrounds reveals an ongoing internationally funded facelift with the aim of preserving and restoring the inherent beauty of this medieval centrepiece of Mediterranean commerce.The town’s narrow streets, a labyrinthine warren linking majestic squares of soaring ancient buildings and tumbled ruins, are sleepy and unhurried, belying a past rich in the shuttle of business Read More

Authorities donate to Christodoula March

President Anastasiades, the Archbishopric and political parties all donated to the 43rd Christodoula March against cancer, which takes place on Sunday.The march is a symbolic walk of about 4km through various cities and towns held in memory of Christodoula, a cancer patient who died alone and helpless under an orange tree in the village of Sotira in 1974.“The walk is a reminder to the public that cancer patients are not alone and they can help the Society in Read More

Akinci calls on government to speed up opening of crossing

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci has called on the ‘government’ in the north to accelerate efforts for the opening of the Dherynia and Apliki/Lefka crossings.In a written statement, Akinci’s spokesman Barus Burcu said Akinci wants steps to be taken immediately “so that the Turkish Cypriot side will not be blamed if any further delays are experienced”.He also said it was Akinci who asked for the opening of the two crossings during his dinner with President Nicos Anastasiades on Read More

Volunteers for annual Cyprus cleanup to top 40000

This year’s ‘Let’s do it Cyprus’ clean-up campaign has reached its target of more than 40,000 volunteers before it has even started, Environment Commissioner Ioanna Panayiotou said on Monday.The event is a one-day effort to clean the island of as much rubbish as possible which takes place every year in April. This year it is scheduled for April 29.The aim was to surpass the number of 40,000 volunteers, or around 5 per cent of the population, this year. Read More

Institute leads the way in uncovering the secrets of art

By Annette ChrysostomouPresident Nicos Anastasiades couldn’t have put it better when last week he lamented the Cyprus Institute’s lack of visibility among the public.“It is a pity that with so many researchers, with so many worthy scientists that a real centre of excellence does not receive recognition in Cypriot society,” he said at an event to inaugurate new laboratories at the Cyprus Institute.Over the last decade the Cyprus Institute has built up three research centres, one focused on Read More

Plus Properties Russian Investors Start Considering Larnaca for Citizenship Goals

Cyprus is considered the land of opportunities especially for foreign investors looking to have EU Passports through Investment in Real Estate. The Citizenship Program in Cyprus is considered one of the best programs in the world.Today; foreign investors in general and Russians in particular are looking at Larnaca in a different perspective, it is becoming among the promising cities in Cyprus and an excellent investment opportunity.Evidence to that, Plus Properties, the Real Estate Development Company has recently closed Read More

Two more gold medals for Cyprus on Monday

Cypriot skeet shooter George Achilleos won on Monday a gold medal, on day five of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, scoring a three-peat after Melbourne and Glasgow. Also on Monday, gymnast Marios Georgiou came first in men’s parallel bars and secured his second gold medal in the Games. Continue Read More

Larnaca Three new beaches in the Green Beaches program

Three new organized beaches have been selected by the Tourism Development and Larnaca Promotion Company (ETPAP) to join the "Green Beaches" program.In its spring newsletter, Larnaca's ETAP reports that "the three beaches are located in Ormidia, Alaminos and Zygi and have been selected for inclusion in the" Green Beaches "program. This is a European program run under the umbrella of the MITOMED initiative. The program for the implementation of the program in Cyprus is the Larnaca Development Company, which Read More

Nissi beach ranks third in Instagram postings

Nissi Beach in Ayia Napa has been ranked third among social network Instagram’s most popular and most-photographed beaches.In an announcement, Ayia Napa municipality said that with 124,910 photos, Nissi Beach was recently ranked third as the most popular and multi-photographed beach on Instagram.The survey on the social media network where people post photos, was done by the well-known Globehunters website. the first 60 places there are also three more beaches in the Famagusta area: Read More

High profile conference to address climate change

An upcoming international conference at Nicosia’s Filoxenia conference centre promises to address the burning issue of climate change in the region in a comprehensive manner.The event organised by the Cyprus Institute entitled ‘Climate change in the Mediterranean and the Middle East: challenges and solutions’ will take place during two days in May.“At the conference, modelling predictions of climate change, its impacts especially in the areas of sustainability, health, security and migration will be presented and debated,” the organisers Read More

Cyprus has the best teacher in the world

The best teacher of the world was declared this year Greek Cypriot Andria Zafirakou winning with the prize and a cash prize amounting to 1 million dollars.Andria Zafirakou working at the Alperton Community School in Brent, United Kingdom, won the Varkey Foundation's Global Teacher Prize, set up in 2015 to promote the profession of teacher and encourage the best, was described as a "teacher and leader, who is guided by ethics and a passionate desire to give every student Read More

Cyprus Airways to Resume AthensLarnaca Route

Cyprus Airways has announced that it will resume a route between Larnaca and Athens, starting with two flights a week as of March 29, and four flights a week as of June 1.The carrier's representatives detailed CA's resumed flight schedule to Athens during a press conference at the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (AIA).According to Cyprus Airways' PR and Marketing Manager Kiki Haida, the company aims to include more Greek destinations in its schedule.Cyprus Airways was formed after Read More

Helping those in need over Easter

For the fourth year running, the ‘adopt a family for Easter’ volunteering initiative is open to help people in need over the holidays.According to an announcement on Wednesday, the volunteerism coordination council said any member of the public, group or organisation could donate anything from food and Easter gifts – such as chocolate eggs or candles and traditional Easter sweets.   Clothes or games will not be accepted.The deadline for donations is March 30.For further details, contact Read More

Retired Austrians are coming back

Around seven-and-a-half thousand pensioners from Austria, members of the Pensionisternverband Federation, are expected to visit Cyprus for the second consecutive year between March and May. According to InBusinessNews, the Chairman of the CTO Board, Angelos Loizou, will hold 10 flights a week from March 27 for a period of five weeks for the arrival of the tourists on our island.The retired Austrians will be hosted in Protaras, and on the basis of their program, they will make visits and Read More

University of Nicosia Handshake with Technology became an institution

The Handshake with ICT, organized by the University of Nicosia in the last years (2013-2018), has become an institution with great success. It is noted that a total of more than 1,000 students, 60 teachers and more than 60 academics have participated, and this year's 5th Workshop, held in collaboration with the Association of Computer Teachers of Cyprus, hosted more than 150 high school students at the University's premises.The aim of the workshop is to encourage young boys and Read More

Youth Makerspace inauguration by the Youth Organization

On Saturday, March 10, 2018, the Youth Organization of Cyprus celebrated the inauguration of the new Youth Makerspace program that combines technology and technology education with the aim of innovation and the encouragement of entrepreneurship.The program is hosted in a space provided by the Larnaca Municipality, which is designed to inspire collaboration between professionals, experts and young people with little or no experience but willing to learn and create.At the inaugural party of this innovative space, which was Read More

Cyprus Beats Cuba in Cigar Competition

The Cyprus national team, made up of well-known tax consultant and Chelco VAT’s Managing Director, Alexis Tsielepis and jeweller, Raffi der Garabedian, beat the Cuban team at the event’s finals on Friday, 2 March 2018 after an intense battle that involved agricultural, industrial phases, practical and demonstrative issues of Habanos cigars. The challenges included a blindfolded tasting, pairing cigars to fitting beverages, a written test and much more.The Cypriot duo managed to impress the judges and spectators with their Read More

Hermes Launches New Service for Flight Search from Larnaca and Pafos Airports

Responding to the ever-growing expectations and demands of the traveling public, Hermes Airports announces the introduction of a new online system, displaying the routes available to and from Larnaca and Pafos international airports; connecting the Cypriot airports with the rest of the world.The mentioned service is available on Hermes Airports’ website, under the section “Flight Search” and the direct link: Visitors to our website using this new service have the possibility to locate all the available routes Read More

Melco Announces First 500 Job Opportunities in Cyprus

Melco Resorts & Entertainment (“Melco”), the Company behind City of Dreams Mediterranean, Europe’s first true integrated resort which is set to open in 2021, has announced its first 500 job opportunities. The Company is currently recruiting aspiring professionals for the temporary and satellite casinos scheduled to open in 2018, leading up to the 2021 opening of City of Dreams Mediterranean.Recruitment will take place in phases with the first 500 positions to be posted within the next month on the Read More

Studying in Cyprus

Cyprus can provide a quality education in a safe, friendly environment at an affordable cost for foreigners, with English as the language of instruction, the education ministry claims. And there is a wide range of studies to choose from.Higher education at certificate, diploma, bachelor’s and master’s and doctorate level is available at public and private institutions where students can often enroll directly online. In total, there are eight universities in the Republic of Cyprus. The three public ones teach Read More

Cyprus football set for technological transformation

ENGLAND fans bemoaning the fact that so few English players are given opportunities for their respective Premier League sides, should spare a thought for the continuing travails of the Cypriot national team.Incredibly, more than 80 per cent of players plying their trade in the Cyprus football league in 2017 were foreign, a huge 15 per cent spike on the previous year. Those eye-watering numbers – accumulated by the Football Observatory of the International Centre of Sports Studies (CIES) – Read More

Three Napa beaches among Europes top 25 one ranked 13th in the world

THREE beaches in Ayia Napa and Protaras have been included in the 25 best beaches of Europe by Trip Advisor.Fig Tree beach in Protaras, was also ranked number 13 among the best 25 beaches in the world. It is also the fourth best beach in Europe, according to 2018 travellers’ choice.The other two beaches are Konnos Bay and Makronissos both in Ayia Napa which rank 12th and 18th respectively among Europe’s best 25.Continue Read More

TUS Officially Launches Its Direct Flights to Ioannina

The Cyprus-based TUS Airways: "The Ultimate Schedule" officially launched, on Friday the 16th of February, its new route from Larnaca to Ioannina. The new route connects Cyprus with the Capital of Epirus via a direct flight for the first time and is the latest addition to the airline’s continuously growing list of offered destinations.This milestone was celebrated in a short ribbon cut ceremony held before the first flight, at the International Larnaca Airport. In addition, upon arriving at Ioannina's Read More

Logicom Cyprus Marathon to Celebrate its 20th Anniversary in Paphos

The Logicom Cyprus Marathon is fast approaching, and this year it will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary in Paphos. Logicom Public Ltd will once again be the official sponsor of this colorful running event on Sunday 4th March 2018.The Logicom Cyprus Marathon is the oldest Marathon in the history of Cyprus. This year, it is expected to host more than 2.500 runners from 50 different countries, and the event has already almost sold out. Continue Read More

The Icon in Limassol Takes Shape

February marks the beginning of a new era in Limassol, as construction began on the new high-rise development, The Icon, by Limassol’s famous property developer Imperio. The Icon is set to be one of the tallest residential buildings in Cyprus, boasting panoramic views of the city and coastline of Limassol. The project was designed by the established architectural firm UDS Antoniades + Eleftheriou architects.To make way for The Icon, which is set in the heart of Limassol, in the Read More

The University Of Nicosia Presents the Sports Tourism Conference

The University of Nicosia presents the Sports Tourism Conference on 21 February 2018, Filoxenia Conference Centre. For decades, sports have been one of the most prominent social phenomena, with political, economic, cultural and other implications. At the same time, tourism remains the world's largest industry - with more than a billion tourists and multi-billion annual investments - and continues to grow. In this context, it’s not surprising that sports and tourism are so interlinked. As both sectors continue to connect Read More

Ministry announces rise in Airport passengers

A rise of 14.2 per cent in passenger numbers for 2017 at Larnaca and Paphos airports was announced by the ministry of transport on Tuesday.According to the ministry, the airports were used by more than 10 million passengers last year compared to 8.9 million in 2016.Over the past five years, the ministry said, the number of passengers using the two airports has risen by 45 per cent.The ministry puts this success down to the policies Read More

Annual Epiphany Day dip in the Sea

Cyprus on Saturday observed Epiphany Day and the blessing of the waters, which marks the 12th day of Christmas and the official end of the festive season.Men braved the cold, diving in the sea across the island to retrieve the crucifix cast by a priest to bless the waters.The official event was held at Zygi with the participation of President Nicos Anastasiades and Archbishop Chrysostomos.Anastasiades later wished the public all best and a peaceful and creative 2018. Read More

Christmas in Paphos 2017

Paphos municipality is promising Christmas celebrations worthy of the new surroundings created by the completion of a number of major infrastructure projects, it announced.“This year the Christmas atmosphere will be greatly improved through various artistic and entertainment events,” the municipality said in a statement.The celebrations kicked off on Friday when mayor of Paphos, Phedonas Phedonos switched on the brand new Christmas lights in Kennedy Square at 5pm.Cypriot singer Constantinos Christoforou will perform Christmas Carols and Father Christmas, Read More

The CyprusUS Chamber of Commerce organized an event on space in New York

In November 2017, the Consumer Price Index increased by 0,10 units to 99,44 units compared to 99,34 units in October 2017. Compared to November 2016, CPI is increased by 0,3% while for the period January - November 2017, CPI is increased by 0,6% compared to the corresponding period of the previous year. (Table 1)In the twelve-month period from December 2016 to November 2017, in comparison to the period from December 2015 to November 2016, the annual average rate of change Read More

Seventeen beaches in the Paphos district have been awarded Blue Flags

Seventeen beaches in the Paphos district have been awarded ‘Blue Flags’ which highlights the quality and of the beaches and pushes the number up by three from last year.The new ‘Blue Flag’ beaches are;Dimotiki Plaz & Pachyammos 2 in YeroskipouKafizis beach in PeyiaChalavro beach at Neo Chorio will join Alykes beach of Paphos MunicipalityMunicipal Beach and Camping site of Polis Chrysochous (facilities for the handicapped)Coral Bay beach of Peyia Municipality (facilities for the handicapped)Faros beach of Paphos MunicipalityYeroskipou beach of Read More

Larnaca Airport among Europes top in passenger increase

Data from the Airports Council International (ACI) has revealed that during the first half of 2017, Larnaca Airport managed to remain third-ranked in terms of increase in passenger traffic among Europe’s international airports, in the category of airports with 5 million to 10 million in annual passenger traffic.In the ranking released by ACI Europe, the Larnaca Airport appears third, with an increase of 22.7% in passenger traffic (571,926 additional passengers), behind the Keflavik International Airport (increase of 39. Read More

August 6th to be busiest day ever at Cyprus Airports

Next month, a record 1.4 million passengers are expected to travel to and from Larnaca and Paphos airports, with August 6 expected to be the busiest day of ever.“The passenger traffic in August will surpass every previous record. This August will be the month with the most passenger traffic ever recorded at Cypriot airports, and it is estimated that around 1.4 million passengers will travel via Larnaca and Paphos airports during the month,” Adamos Aspris, Hermes airports Read More

Over 30 million British Tourists in 30 years

Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) figures have shown that Britons remain the biggest visitors to the island with 30.6 million people from Great Britain having spent their holidays in Cyprus since 1986.The same figures show that holidaymakers from Germany and Switzerland had at one time been popular visitors to the island but they have since been overtaken by Russians while Scandinavians have been consistently spending their holidays in Cyprus in the last 30 years.But the majority of visitors Read More

Record number of lifeguards to patrol Cyprus Beaches

The number of seasonal lifeguards in Cyprus will from July rise to 217, the highest ever number for the island, Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides has announced.Speaking after Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting, Petrides said Ministers had agreed to hiring extra personnel, bringing the number of seasonal lifeguards engaged for the summer high season to 164.This number will, in addition, be supplemented by 53 hired by the municipalities of Ayia Napa, Paralimni and Sotira on their own initiative, bringing the total Read More

Europe declares Cyprus bathing sites excellent

The European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA) has declared 99% of Cyprus’ bathing water sites as being of ‘excellent’ quality.The figures were included in a Tuesday report which confirmed a 40-year trend of increasingly cleaner water at beaches and swimming spots across Europe.Cyprus was amongst 11 countries declared to have at least ‘sufficient’ quality of bathing water in 2016 and one of just five where 95% or more bathing waters were assessed as being of ‘excellent’ Read More

Stores closed on May 1st for Labour Day

Following announcements by both the Pancyprian Retailers Association and the Ministry of Labour, stores will be closed on Monday, May 1.The Pancyprian Retailers Association has announced that, by law, stores will be closed on Monday, May 1, 2017.The Ministry of Labour issued a similar announcement, saying that under the law all general stores must be closed on May 1.Those “special stores” which will be operating must compensate their employees with double salary for that day, said the announcement. Read More

Cyprus weekend temperature set to sizzle

This weekend is expected to be hot as inland temperatures will soar above 30°C.Speaking to the Cyprus Weekly on Wednesday, Meteorological Service official Panayiotis Lingis, said: “Temperatures have already started to climb but we expect them to actually surpass 30°C inland by Saturday”.The usual average maximum temperatures for this time of year are around 26°C inland, 23°C-24°C on the coasts, and 17°C in the mountains.He said the thermometer could reach up to 31°C or 32°C inland over Read More

Biggest ever clean up campaign in Cyprus

Around 35,000 volunteers “of all ages” took part in the Let’s Do It Cyprus islandwide clean-up campaign on Sunday the office of Environment Commissioner Ioanna Panayiotou said.In addition to individual volunteers making up the unprecedented number, which was double last year’s participation, 563 organised groups with families, friends, NGOs, the National Guard, police, municipalities and forestry fire department workers “swarmed excitedly on roads, parks, fields and beaches”, an announcement said.“With so many thousands of volunteers of all ages Read More

Limassol seafront park planned at Karnagio

The western seafront between the old and new Limassol port, to the south of Franklin Roosevelt Avenue will soon receive a makeover.The area, known as Karnagio, has over the years fallen into disrepair, as various industrial units have been abandoned.This image is not to the liking of the Limassol Municipality, which aims to revitalise the area through a comprehensive longterm development plan that includes residential, commercial and tourist upgrades.The plans seek to develop the Karnagio area, connecting Read More

Cyprus among the hottest travel destinations

A new report from the World Travel & Tourism Council(WTTC), puts Cyprus among four of the world’s hottest travel destinations.Mexico, Iceland, Azerbaijan and Cyprus all experienced a surge in tourism spending in 2016 according to the report.Mexico’s surge saw foreign visitors spending 24% more in Pesos last year, according to the WTTC.As for Iceland, tourism spending in the local currency surged by 27.5% last year.Azerbaijan saw local currency spending by foreign tourists soar by nearly Read More

Bids for Larnaca port development due on March 3rd 2017

Bidders interested in the development of Larnaca’s port and marina will be able to submit applications until March 3, Transport Minister Demetriades announced on Monday evening. Demetriades said that all interested stakeholders who meet the relevant criteria will be invited to submit their proposals concerning the development of the port and the marina through a sustainable project. He noted that the aim is to develop the port in order to serve both tourist and cargo transport. Source: Read More

Cyprus flies to Madrid as of April 4th

Cobalt’s first direct flight from Larnaca to Madrid is set for April 4, the low-budget Cypriot carrier announced on Friday.Cobalt will initially schedule two flights weekly – on Tuesdays and Fridays – and plans to multiply them according to demand.“As of April 4, Cobalt will be the first Cypriot carrier in the island’s history to fly directly to Madrid, Spain’s capital,” the announcement said.“Taking into consideration the needs of travellers and of Cyprus as its base, Cobalt Read More

Cyprus ranked fifth best place to relocate globally

Out of a total of 23 countries worldwide, the Knight Frank Global Lifestyle Review puts Cyprus in fifth place as the best relocation destination in the world.The 2013 Knight Frank Global Lifestyle Review ranks Cyprus as the fifth best place to relocate. Cyprus offers some of the most extensive advantages for entrepreneurs, families and retired couples looking for a profitable lifestyle change. Ranked by key business and leisure indicators, Cyprus was the only European country alongside Switzerland to make Read More

Cyprus to toughen penalties for driving offenses

Justice Minister, Ionas Nicolaou said current measures and penalties fell short of being deterrents in assisting in the reduction of fatal road accidents, after presenting the results of a study by the University of Cyprus on Tuesday.The study, headed by Dr Andreas Kapardis, will be incorporated within the Ministry’s strategy to find means to reduce the number of traffic accidents on the island’s roads.Nicolaou presented a series of suggestions put forward by the Justice Ministry and are expected Read More

Cyprus is the cheapest Half-Term destination for British Families

Cyprus is the cheapest destination for UK families booking a half-term sunshine trip, a study has found.A family of four can enjoy a week’s holiday in Paphos for £1,130, according to Post Office Travel Money.The study of 10 popular winter sun spots found that Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands, was runner-up at £1,663.A package holiday in Cancun, Mexico, at £2,106 was found to be cheaper than some destinations closer to home, such as Sliema, Malta (£2,113) Read More

Macronissos Beach Voted the Third best Beach in Greece and Cyprus

Travel Weekly ranked Makronissos beach in Ayia Napa in third place among the ten best beaches in Greece and Cyprus.In a written statement of Agia Napa Municipality stated that "the British travel website Travel Weekly, ranked Makronissos Beach in third place among the 10 best beaches of Greece and Cyprus after the beach Elafonisi in Crete and Koukounaries on Skiathos, which occupied the first and second place respectively. "Here the beaches Levadia Serifos, Kassandra in Halkidiki, Ascension Peloponnese, Santorini Read More

House Prices Down

House prices, as measured by the House Price Index, rose by 3.4% in the euro area, by 4.3% in the EU and dropped by -3.3 in Cyprus, during the third quarter of 2016 compared with the same quarter of the previous year.Cyprus (-3.3%) along with Italy (-0.9%) were the only two countries where decrease in prices has been observed in annual basis.These figures come from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. Read More

Tourist arrivals register a new record in 2016

Cyprus has seen a 19.8 per cent increase in tourist arrivals in 2016 according to the Cyprus Statistical Service (Cystat), marking a new all time record after 2001. According to the latest data released on Tuesday, tourist arrivals reached 3,185,531, compared with 2,659,405. The previous record in arrivals was set in 2001 with 2,696,700. Arrivals from the United Kingdom, Cyprus` biggest tourist market, reached 1.15 million recording an increase of 11.2% compared with 2015. UK arrivals in Read More

New York Times: Cyprus Amongst top destinations

Every year the New York Times presents the top destinations to explore in a list that is shared worldwide.Amongst the ‘52 Places to Go in 2017’ our island, Cyprus ranks 21st for 2017.While there are other getaways to explore on the list, Cyprus is being promoted as the only cultural and culinary Mediterranean island to visit. Read More
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