Published on : Monday, February 20, 2017
Today, Cyprus has emerged as one of the safest bets in terms of vacation destinations, thanks to the lowering of the alcohol drink driving limits for new drivers. Furthermore, the better placement of ambulances in key tourist attractions have also gone a long way in achieving this goal, as revealed in a recent survey.
The recent online studies have placed this region in the map of the top safest countries of the world, as described by the coordinator of the Safer Tourism Platform named Xenia Loizidou.
This organization is a joint initiative of the UK High Commission and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation. This platform that comprises 42 social partners seems to have been capable of meeting its objectives, making Cyprus a safer holiday destination.
Obviously, there have been fewer incidences of violence in this region ever since.
The amendment of legislation is one of the latest measures undertaken. This new rule restricts the intake of alcohol to 9 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath for the drivers who are equipped with a driving experience of about three years.
The other measure includes the stationing of an ambulance in Ayia Napa.
Here, the ambulance is made available day and night during the summer months, and even the expansion of the working hours of lifeguards. Loizidou said that this platform is a great instance of what can be actually achieved if there is great participation and coordination. She added that the stakeholders render their service as volunteers.
During an event last week, Loizidou said that the UK high commissioner had congratulated the stakeholders.
William Middleton, the consular regional director had said that though there has been a 16% increase in the number of British tourists that have been arriving in Cyprus in 2015, the British high commission has had to deal with very few cases of consular assistance.
The CTO has declared that there would be new actions for this year like the mobile phone applications associated with the safety of tourists.
Also, it has asserted that it is going to conduct seminars highlighting the responsible sale of alcohol for taxi drivers that would take place during the spring time. Loizidou said that a suggestion have been made for the results of the platform to be promoted to different embassies apart from the promotion of their beaches. Also, efforts are under process to market Cyprus as a safe tourist destination.
With a view to promote safety on the beach and for the bathers, the CTO has also provided grants to the local authorities for making access easier for the disabled, lifeguard towers, cleaning and lifesaving equipment, waste containers and so on.
The lifeguard federation has financially assisted the prevention campaigns and the publication of a safe swimming brochure.
The police has also issued some leaflets in English along with tips to protect tourists from theft and with an aim to check the attacks on women.