Cyprus Vacations Take A Dive
Everything had been going well for the Cyprus holidays industry in the last couple of decades, with increasing numbers of holidaymakers heading to
the island, and airlines bringing down the cost of flights.
But that was brought to a crashing halt last year, with eight per cent less tourists opting for a holiday in Cyprus.
Over 7 million people arrived at Cyprus' two airports in 2008, over 3 per cent more than the previous year, with the vast majority using Larnaca.
And there's not many islands in Europe who can claim to welcome over a million holidaymakers in the peak month of August - but it's a figure Cyprus
achieved in the summer of 2008.
So the recession affecting not just Europe but globally has come as a bitter disappointment for Cyprus hotels and other holiday related businesses,
who have invested in the hope of maintaining the number of people who visit Cyprus for their holidays.
Estimates suggest that the number of people taking holidays in Cyprus in 2010 could drop more, bringing the number of tourists down from seven
million and more to the five millions - a big hit for the Cyprus businesses involved in the tourist trade.
A number of measures are being proposed by the Cyprus holidays industry to try and stop the drop being as sharp as predicted, and by taking action
now it will show that the island isn't sitting back and hoping that the weather in Cyprus will be enough in itself to draw the tourists this summer.
The industry is hoping for a cut in the fees charged to airlines in the landing fees for flights to Cyprus to reduce the costs of airfares plus a drop in the
VAT charged by hotels to their guests.
'These measures in themselves are not going to stop the dip in tourist arrivals', claim Cyprus travel guide yourcyprus.info - adding 'The drop in the oil
price will have far more of an impact on airfares, and people in Britain and Germany aren't going to visit Cyprus because it's a little cheaper - Cyprus
needs to prepare for a further fall in tourists and the number of ho