Lakis Avraamides, President of the Tourism Development and Promotion Company said tour operators had started to bring customers that had planned holidays in Egypt.

“This development sends encouraging messages to the hoteliers of Ayia Napa and Protaras that September will remain at the same high levels of reservation in August,” he said, adding that “the crisis in Egypt is expected also to benefit to some extent the hotel industry Larnaca.”

Avraamidis said that additional flights from Russia, mainly Moscow and St. Petersburg, are expected to continue throughout September, noting that the Russian market this year was the lifeline for the tourism industry of the Famagusta district, which was enhanced by Scandinavian tourists.

“However, this year we did have a decrease in visitor arrivals from Germany and the United Kingdom,” he added.

He noted that: “In general, the three months of summer went well enough – we had an occupancy of around 95%, mainly in August, both in hotels and tourist apartments.”

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