TRAVEL: Cyprus tourism looking towards China, Gulf states and Middle East

Cyprus Deputy Tourism Minister Savvas Perdios has been on tour to secure new tourist flows from the Middle East, the Gulf and China.

He is travelling to various countries to promote Cyprus’ tourist product, Perdios was in China, where President Nicos Anastasiades had meetings with the Chinese government aiming to enhance bilateral relations.

During the meetings with Chinese stakeholders, Perdios discussed ways of enhancing cooperation between Cyprus and China in the field of tourism.

The Deputy Minister left China confident that bilateral ties regarding tourism are to improve, as he detected keen interest.

Establishing direct flights to and from China was also on the agenda.

“Given that the whole project is expected to take some time, the fact that many neighbouring countries are directly linked to China could be taken into to consideration while examining ways of attracting tourists from this big market to Cyprus,” said a Deputy Ministry of Tourism statement.

Following his visit to China, Perdios led a Cypriot delegation which participated in the tourist trade fair Arabian Travel Market which took place in Dubai on 28-29 April, where he met with important Travel Agents and representatives of airlines from the region.

During his contacts at the fair, Perdios talked to local stakeholders in tourism, aiming to strengthen Cyprus’ relations with them and ultimately attract more tourists to the island.

According to the Deputy Ministry, during his time in Dubai, Perdios held a series of interviews with foreign media, highlighting what Cyprus has to offer.

The Deputy Minister was satisfied with the results of the travel fair, noting that the Gulf markets have significant prospects for further growth.

Perdios underlined that efforts to attract significant flows of tourists from these markets will be intensified in close cooperation with all stakeholders in Cyprus’ tourism sector.

The Deputy Minister also held meetings with Israeli, Lebanese and Jordanian tourism stakeholders, while representatives of the ministry will visit Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain.

Source: The Financial Mirror