“Ayia Napa is today the flagship of Cyprus tourism, hosting over five million overnight guests,” Karousos said, adding that Ayia Napa is a global brand that contributes over €800m to the country’s economy on an annual basis.
By 2030, Karousos said that the goal is to transform Ayia Napa into the best and most cosmopolitan tourist resort in the Mediterranean.
There are multiple projects in the pipeline for the Ayia Napa revamping venture, which some are still at the planning stage, while others have already began, including the transformation of the Ayia Napa monastery into an archaeological museum and the revamping of the seafront.
The underwater museum, which has also begun construction in the technical reef area and which will be the first of its kind in the Mediterranean region is expected to attract over 50,000 tourists per year.
In the coming months, Karousos said that tenders will be launched for a series of important projects, such as the open-air amphitheatre which he said is set to be the largest in Cyprus and which is budgeted at EUR 3,6 million, and the revamping of the centre and north of Ayia Napa, valued at EUR7 million.