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New actions have recently been completed in the framework of the Larnaca Tourism Board’s ‘Enriching and Greening the Larnaca Beaches’ Programme.  

After the closure for over three months of Malta’s International Airport for commercial operations, Air Malta will commence its summer schedule on July 01, connecting Malta to 22 destinations within Europe.

The Deputy Ministry of Tourism in Cyprus  has announced that the amending law, which refers to the regulation on the establishment and operation of hotels and tourist accommodations (Amending) Law of 2020, includes, among other things, the addition of provisions for the creation of registers for the registration of self-employed ‘Self-Service (sharing economy) accommodation establishments’.

Zurab Pololikashvili, secretary-general, UNWTO, recently commented on the tourism restart, by saying:

“Global tourism has never been more united than it is now. Both in assessing the impact of COVID-19 and in looking at how we can restart tourism in a responsible way, based on the best that our sector has to offer: sustainability, innovation, collaboration and solidarity.

Statement by Costas Kadis, minister of the environment, Cyprus, on the announcement of the European Commission concerning the quality of bathing waters for 2019.

“The European Commission {recently} announced the final results concerning the quality of bathing waters across Europe. This is the annual evaluation of European bathing areas, which shows how well the environmental protection measures are applied, allowing the citizens to make sound decisions with regard to the bathing areas they will choose in Europe.

Ruby Hotels pioneer of the lean luxury philosophy, has announced expansion plans for Vienna property Ruby Lissi, as the hotel reopens in the city’s 1st district.

During the period of January – February of this year, arrivals of travellers totalled 464,433 compared to 421,767 in the corresponding period of 2019, recording an increase of 10,1 percent.

During the same period, an increase of two percent was also recorded in tourist arrivals and 15,1 percent in the return of residents of Cyprus.

The arrivals of travellers in March of this year reached 107,081 compared to 297,614 in March 2019, recording a decrease of 64 percent.

The decrease is mainly attributed to the decrease in the arrivals of tourists (67,4 percent) as well as to the return of residents of Cyprus (57,5 percent). For the period of January – March of this year, arrivals of travellers totaled 571,514 compared to 719,381 in the corresponding period of 2019, recording a decrease of 20,6 percent.

Concerning the departures of travellers, a decrease of 63,2 percent was recorded in March of this year as compared to the corresponding month of 2019, as well as a decrease of 18,9 percent for the period of January – March of the current year.

This March, an entry ban in the Republic of Cyprus, effective as of March 15, was imposed on several categories of persons, including tourists, as part of the measures taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).


 

Cyprus Casinos ‘C2’, the first and only authorised casinos in the Republic of Cyprus, reopened and welcome back guests on June 13 to a safe and pleasant environment, closely adhering to all the relevant guidelines issued by the Minister of Health.

Air Malta has recently launched its new Summer 2020 schedule based on the safe corridor concept and has opened its reservation systems for sales.

The number of deals announced in the global travel and tourism sector declined by 38,5 percent during the week ended May 24, of this year compared to the previous week, according to GlobalData’s deals database.