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Occupancies during the festive three days will be around 55% to 60% said the CEO of PASYXE, Filokypros Rousounidis

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The average occupancies of the month of December, the pre-eminent festive month, for hotel units and accommodation, are expected to move around 35% to 40%, while the occupancies during the festive three days, the one after Christmas and the one after the New Year will move around to 55% to 60% and in individual cases possibly a little more, the General Director of PASYXE, Filokypros Rousounidis, told KYPE.

At the same time, he pointed out that Cyprus is an island that is suitable for year-round tourism and not only for summer tourism. any losses, because there will definitely be losses from the large market of Israel for us and the first goal for next year is to get as close as possible to this year's numbers”, he underlined.

Asked about the occupancy rates of hotel units and accommodations, Mr. Rousounidis said that the average occupancy rates for the month of December, the most festive month on our island, are expected to be around 35% to 40%.

“Furthermore, it seems that occupancy during the festive three days, the one after Christmas and the one after New Year's Eve will move around 55% to 60% and in individual cases possibly a little higher. So what we can say is that occupancy rates were satisfactory only for the three days but quite low for the rest of the month,” he noted.

When asked why this low occupancy rate, Mr. Rousounidis said that certainly the tourist influx from abroad is a reflection of last year.

“It is relatively low, I would say, and the festive three days are what favor short-day bookings by our compatriots, since many who stayed on the island and have not traveled abroad chose to spend these three days in hotels and tourist accommodations,” he added.< /p>

Responding to a related question, Mr. Rousounidis said that “certainly the issue of extending the period – because for others it is still summer in Cyprus – is something that we see with all the authorities and with the Deputy Minister and also with the Minister of Labor himself and the President of the Republic, in an effort to build the foundations and create the conditions for a substantial tourist influx during the winter months as well”.

“Cyprus is an island that is suitable for year-round tourism and not just for the so-called summer tourism. There is also mountainous Cyprus, where in recent years we have seen significant upgrades and investments in the hotels, infrastructure, squares, restaurants, and elsewhere, even in wineries, which certainly create a much better atmosphere and a further demand, something we should take advantage of, along with of course the good weather conditions, the sun and the sea”, he added.

He added that he hoped “that soon we will be able to start the implementation of a plan that we are already discussing, so that in the long run, based on a five-year period, we can talk about a year-round tourist destination for our island, and I think that we can achieve this if all the involved bodies follow a specific plan”.

Asked which city or cities were most preferred, Mr. Rousounidis said that thanks to the weather conditions, which are very favorable and the atmosphere created, “our mountain resorts have their due. Beyond that, cities such as Paphos and Limassol, which are cities that do not close in the winter months, but the entire ecosystem exists there, are certainly first choices and secondly the few units that have remained open to the free area of ​​Famagusta”, he said.

“It's just that most restaurants are closed there, and the whole ecosystem in general, which is definitely not conducive to holidays. But those units have also been chosen by our compatriots, I would say”, he added.

Answering another question, Mr. Rousounidis said that the year ends on a positive note “despite the enormous challenges we have faced in the last three years and culminating in 2023”.

He added that “we hope with very restrained optimism and a positive attitude that we will be able to limit any losses, because there will certainly be losses from the large market of Israel for us and the first goal for next year is to get as close as possible to this year's numbers”, he concluded.

Source: www.kathimerini.com.cy

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