Published on : Tuesday, April 28, 2020
This has been credited to the stern whole country wide lockdown introduced early on, with a ban on flights since March 21 and a curfew banning outdoor activity between 9pm and 6am. The locals were only able to leave their houses with a permit, otherwise faced fines of €300 (£261).
However, tourism could start to return to the country from July with limited arrivals, according to the Financial Mirror. Despite British tourists being one of the largest tourist groups on the island, the invitation is unlikely to be extended to the UK over other countries.
Cyprus Deputy Ministry of Tourism Savvas Perdios explained that the important thing is that travel agents have Cyprus in mind…there are positive signs from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Nordic countries, Greece, Israel and perhaps the Netherlands.
Russia is also a key target for Cyprus along with the UK for bringing in the most tourists. The flight ban remains in place until May 17.
The government of Cyprus is already looking at other ways to protect the tourist industry, which is set to lose €1.5 billion (£1.3 billion).
A new order is being introduced which will allow most of the local tour agents to issue vouchers over refunds, as well as prioritising domestic tourism as a way to drive money into the industry short-term.