Hoteliers in Cyprus are getting ready to welcome travellers without quarantine starting Thursday, April 1, but they also call on the government to allow locals to stay at hotels.
The message sent is that those ‘daring’ to open in April are depending mainly on Cypriots making a booking, as well as on Israelis with a coronavirus ‘green pass’, according to Philenews.
The ‘green pass’ deal between Cyprus and Israel was made a month ago, when President Nicos Anastasiades visited the neighbouring country.
The travel agreement was intended as a step toward restoring tourism in both countries — sectors that have been hit hard by the year-long pandemic.
Nonetheless, Cypriot hoteliers want the Cabinet to decide on Wednesday when they meet again to lift the restrictions on locals staying at hotels saying that this is the only way they can survive.
Head of the Hoteliers Association (Pasyxe) Philokypros Rousounides told Philenews that 95% of the country’s tourist accommodation is now closed.