articles | 08 April 2016

Cyprus’ hotel bookings up in 2016

Hotel managers in Cyprus said they were satisfied with increasing tourist arrivals and bookings for 2016.

After many years, bookings from the main markets, such as the UK and Russia, are also on the rise, said Cypriot hoteliers, as they announced the 43rd Annual General Meeting of the European Hotel Managers Association.

The AGM will be held from April 7-10, 2016 in Limassol.

Asked if the latest terrorist attacks have had an impact on the industry, it was noted that after a small stagnation, reservations reached the same levels as before. Destinations in the Mediterranean are in high demand, due also to attacks in Turkey, they added.

Hans Koch, the President of EHMA, said that people continue to travel as in the past and noted that similar incidents such as the attacks in Turkey are not expected to affect the industry.

Koch said he was pleased that the AGM is being held for the first time in Cyprus. The topic under discussion will be ‘Drivers and Trends of Luxury Hospitality’.

The organizing committee, comprising Cypriot hoteliers, noted that the event is an opportunity to highlight Cypriot hospitality. Andreas Georgiou, Committee President, said that the goal is to promote local hospitality among the 200 attendees who arrived in Cyprus for this purpose, while adjusting the programme to emphasize Cypriot culture.

The AGM will conclude this Sunday, April 10. On Saturday, the Minister of Tourism Yiorgos Lakkotrypis will address the event.

EHMA was established as a non-profit organization in 1974 in Rome for the development of solidarity and camaraderie.

The European Hotel Managers Association aims to encourage the development of training and professional exchanges provided to visitors.

EHMA promotes Europe as a whole through its members in individual countries, encouraging the development of training and professional exchanges.

The Association aims to be a forum for discussion and reflection on the future of the hotel industry, constantly working on its integration with the economy in general.

Specifically, EHMA is composed of 440 members from 30 countries, where all of them are General Managers from the most famous hotels in Europe. The Association represents 350 hotels, 90,000 rooms, 70,000 employees and approximately a total turnover of €6 billion a year.

Source: Famagusta Gazette

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