Cyprus Deputy Minister of Tourism: Do not wait for tourists until July

Cyprus' deputy minister of tourism Savvas Perdios speaks with the Associated Press during an interview at his office in Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. Perdios says his organization is teaming up with Israeli authorities to jointly promote the east Mediterranean as prime cruise line holiday destination. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

In his last interview with the Cypriot media, the Deputy Minister of Tourism Savvas Perdios voiced a not a happy scenario for the restoration of the tourist flow in Cyprus.

According to his forecasts, it will take more than one year for the world to return to its former tracks.

The tourism industry is undergoing changes not only due to the fight against the virus and tight isolation. The economy is destroyed, a complete crisis. The mood of potential tourists is affected by the emotional factor – the result of a protracted quarantine, and the financial aspect. Many will not have money for tourism.

In the best case, 50% of tourists from last year’s volumes will arrive on the island. The risk of possible infection will be added. The epidemic will go in waves, and especially in the cold season.

Mr. Perdios mentioned the development of domestic tourism. Cypriots should get to know their native island better. Of course, emphasizing that no local tourism can replace parts of the tourist flow from the outside.

He also noted that businessmen, hotel owners and enterprises associated with the tourism industry need to reconsider the style and way of working in order to integrate into the new environment and completely different working conditions.