News Local Ayia Napa Municipality backs merger with Sotira, Liopetri

Ayia Napa Municipality backs merger with Sotira, Liopetri

Ayia Napa Municipality said on Monday that a merger with Sotira and Liopetri will create  Cyprus’ biggest coastal municipality and one of the top three tourist destinations in Europe.

The government is proposing to merge Cyprus many municipalities as part of efforts increase efficiency and reduce costs.

Ayia Napa Municipality said it agreed with the reform of local government authorities but said decisions should be the appropriate ones so as to protect and enhance tourism.

As regards Ayia Napa itself, it was important to take seriously into consideration its vision to evolve into one of Europe’s best three tourist destinations by 2030, the municipality added.

“Ayia Napa is a world brand that is worth billions as it contributes 800 million euro to Cyprus’ GDP every year and host 30% of overnight stays with more than 30,000 beds and a population of 40,000, tourists and locals, on average daily,” it said.

“With a budget of 20 million euro and the high levels of satisfaction from visitors, residents and companies, Ayia Napa is the metropolis of Cyprus tourism,” it added.

All this must be taken into consideration in the merger of municipalities so that Ayia Napa is reinforced and not absorbed. The municipality itself has reviewed the various studies and decided on a merger with Sotira Municipality and Liopetri community to create Cyprus’ biggest tourist municipality with a coastal front of 25 kilometres.

Such a merger would address various challenges and the specific concerns of Ayia Napa as the brand will be retained to the benefit of all and tourism will be enhanced, it added.

The new municipality will be able to operate immediately and effectively from day one, while the benefits of tourism and the economic and business advantages of Ayia Napa will be combined with the benefits of the hinterland, the joint coastal front and the population of Sotira and Liopetri.

Such a scenario is confirmed by a number of studies and surveys carried out by international organisations, auditing firms and EU research programmes, it concluded.


Top Stories

Fourteen new corona virus cases detected out of 3,387 tests

According to the Epidemiological Surveillance Unit of the Ministry of Health 14 new cases of the SARS-CoV-II virus were detected out of a total...

Steps taken for the reduction of nuisance in cities

Measures are being taken by police to alleviate the phenomenon of public nuisance caused during the night hours in the cities. In addition to daily...

Remdesivir quantities in Cyprus – fight against Covid-19 intensified

Health Minister Konstantinos Ioannou said that Cyprus has received quantities of the medicine Remdesivir, strengthening its arsenal in the fight against the corona virus. In...

Three people wanted for shoplifting in Paphos

A store owner in Paphos made a formal complaint to police on Thursday claiming that three people - two men and a woman who...

Archaeologists find 1800-year-old entrance to historic Zerzevan castle in eastern Turkey

The 1800-year-old entrance to historic Zerzevan Castle, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List has been unearthed by archaeologists in eastern Turkey. Excavations...


Octopus ‘Kathisto’ (or Octopus braised in Wine)

Ingredients: 1/2 cup Greek extra virgin olive oil 2 medium onions, chopped fine 1 large octopus, about 2kg (cleaned and kept whole) 3/4 cup dry red wine 1/3 cup...

Homemade lemonade

Ingredients: 1 cup lemon juice 1 cup sugar Method: Thoroughly wash the lemons with soap and warm water. Roll each lemon with the palm of your hand, pressing...

‘Striftaria’ mini cheese pies

Ingredients 1 ½ cup milk 2 tbsps. flour 4 tsps. of butter 3 eggs, slightly beaten + 1 extra with 1 tbs. of milk for spreading 1 pack of...

Mini potato canapes baked on salt

Ingredients Serves: 12 1kg small Cypriot potatoes rock salt, as needed 250g salted butter 300ml full fat cremé frâiche 1 pot cod or salmon roe Method Prep:20min › Cook:35min › Ready in:55min Take...