Hotels in Cyprus are well-staffed and ready to take on the record number of arrivals this summer, according to the Cyprus Hotels Association (PASYXE).
Speaking to state radio on Tuesday, PASYXE director Zacharias Ioannides said hotels across the island were better staffed this year compared to the previous one in what is expected to be a record year for tourism across the island.
“We are expecting an increase in business this year at all the hotels”, said Ioannides.
“There had been some issues with finding hotel workers last year but we are pleased to say that most of those problems have been overcome this year. We have also managed to top up some staff shortages by hiring personnel from Greece.”
“A big effort was made in the months leading up to the summer to ensure that the hotels will be properly staffed to welcome the tourist arrivals.”
He added: “We know that there are a few isolated incidents of some hotel workers unhappy with their work terms and reports of some hotels having not finished their renovations. But overall, the picture is good and we need to be pleased with how we have prepared for the summer.”
The Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) is expecting another strong year for the industry in 2017, with visitor numbers projected to rise by 5%.
According to the CTO’s calculations, this will lift the industry’s contribution to GDP from 20% to 22%, and mean that 11% of the island’s workforce is employed in the tourism sector, up from 9% in 2016.
Hotels in the major towns and cities of the island are already in full swing with Ayia Napa and Paphos having already enjoyed plenty of business over the Easter weekend.
“The hotels have done very well already this Easter and some hotels were full,” said Paphos Mayor Fedonas Fedonos. “We have had an increase in the number of visitors from Israel and that too has helped.”
Ayia Napa Mayor Yiannis Karousos has also been enjoying a busy weekend.
“Since the beginning of April, the hotels have been in full swing. Over the Easter weekend alone, all of the hotels were at their capacity. We are expecting a busy year this summer and we are ready to deal with the high numbers.”
Paralimni Mayor Theodoros Pyrillis said half the hotels in the areas around Paralimni – including Protaras – were full but had still enjoyed a high rise in the number of visitors.
When asked about the road works in the area which has seen a number of business owners complain in the past that their tourists were turning away, Pyrillis said, “The road works in the tourist areas have been put on hold ahead of the summer season. Some areas, in Pernera for example, have not been suspended. We feel that these ongoing works will not impact on the tourist arrivals.”