News Local Perdios: UK tourists when country in Group A

Perdios: UK tourists when country in Group A

 

 

The British tourism market is unlikely to open up as long as the UK is in Group B, which requires arrivals to have tested negative for coronavirus the latest 72 hours before departure, deputy tourism minister Savvas Perdios said on Thursday.

Perdios was visiting the Polis Chrysochous – Tillyria area with tourism stakeholders to discuss tourism promotion.

Regarding the British market he said that after tele-conferences with tour operators in recent days, it was clear that they are not interested in Cyprus as long as the UK is in Group B.

The UK is not currently in any group, which means that only Cypriots and legal residents can travel from there to Cyprus. However the government has said the UK will be placed in Group B from August 1 provided that the country’s positive epidemiological results of the last weeks continue.

“Tour operators say they are interested in including Cyprus in their programmes from the moment we are ready to put them in Group A,” he said.

Group A visitors enter Cyprus without a test.

“Therefore we understand that the wait must continue and we will see when we will be ready to welcome this market,” he added.

As regards the reopening of hotels, Perdios noted that numbers were still low and a decision as to which will open and which will decide to stay closed will depend on bookings for the next few weeks.

Given that basic markets, such as Israel and UK, were currently out of the picture because of the classification, things are “particularly difficult for July and highly possibly for August.”

Speaking to CNA earlier yesterday, the president of the Paphos branch of the Cyprus Hotels Association Thanos Michaelides said about 20 hotels will be in operation in Paphos in July though the situation may change at any moment.

July, like June, was at extremely low levels and August is still in doubt. Hoteliers are anxiously waiting for tourism to start from the UK, but the whole situation was still in flux, he added.

Regarding occupancy in the Paphos district, this was 50% to 60% over the weekends and 11% to 12% for the whole month. And he noted that the negative impact of the difficulties being experienced by the tourism sector will be seen in the Cyprus economy by October or November.

“If as Cyprus we manage to bring people to holiday in Cyprus then the economy will be helped and supported,” he said.

Meanwhile, Demetris Kallis, head of the Paphos branch of the association of catering establishments said that the situation was dire with only 250 to 300 of the 800 businesses  open and many only on weekends.

Bars and cafeterias were better off, since they attract young people, while restaurants and taverns have a bigger problem.

On weekends Latchi, and coastal catering establishments in Paphos, Geroskipou and Peyia are busy but business was inadequate to cover the low turnover of other days.

 

Top Stories

Eight confirmed COVID-19 cases at Athalassa Psychiatric Hospital

Eight confirmed COVID-19 cases have been found at the Athalassa Psychiatric Hospital, five of which are residents and three staff. This became known when a...

Citizens’ Teleservice Center on COVID-19

The Deputy Ministry of Digital Policy announced the operation of the Citizens’ Teleservice Center on issues regarding COVID-19. According to the relevant announcement, the center...

Queen awards Sistema Cyprus volunteers

Her Majesty the Queen joined a video call this week with three winners of the Commonwealth Points of Light award, to celebrate their achievements...

Cypriot elected President of the European Association of Data Protection Professionals

Cypriot lawyer Maria Raphael has been elected as President of the European Association of Data Protection Professionals (EADPP), in the framework of the EADPP genaral assembly that took place...

Expert: crowds in churches and shops jeopardize effectiveness of COVID-19 measures

The images of citizens crowded in places of worship and shops during the weekend are a great source of concern and endanger both the...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...