Saving the mountain resorts
By Annette Chrysostomou
The 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 resorts may have been the birthplace of tourism on the island, but they have struggled for years even though tourists reached an all-time high of over three million visitors in 2017.