So many German tourists are expected to come to Cyprus this summer that the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) is worried it will not be able to accommodate them all, the Cyprus News Agency reported late on Thursday.
The number of German tourists is expected to increase by 50% from last year.
Referring to efforts to raise interest from Germany over the years, CTO Chairman Angelos Loizou said: “Now that this demand has been created, the circumstances are such that we cannot meet it.”
The CTO will be in Berlin next week in Berlin for discussions with travel agents to see if they can find solutions, through better planning or perhaps better agreements.
One of the reasons for high German demand is the shift away from Turkey.
Reuters reported that bookings by German tourists to Turkey dropped by 58% in January compared with the same period of 2016.
Loizou stressed the urgent need for a body to coordinate the overall strategy, to reform and modernise tourism in Cyprus, noting that this body should have been created yesterday.
The government has proposed the creation of a deputy ministry for tourism to focus exclusively on the island’s biggest economic sector.