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European award in Paphos for the development strategy of the destination

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European award in Paphos for the development strategy of the destination

The international network Creative Tourism Network based in Barcelona, within the framework of the annual international awards for 2020, announced Paphos as the Best Strategy in Creative Tourism Development.

In his statements, the Director of the Company for Tourism Development and Promotion of Paphos Region, Nassos Hatzigeorgiou, stated that the distinction arose after the evaluation of a relevant proposal prepared and submitted in November 2020 by the Company.

“Paphos, through dozens of other prestigious destinations, was distinguished as the Best Strategy in Creative Tourism Development 2020”, he stressed, “that is, as the best destination for 2020 in terms of the strategy it follows to offer visitors the opportunity for creative experiences with active their participation in experiences related to local community, tradition, and culture ”.

The proposal submitted has a special reference to the old city, ie the center of Paphos, which is in the process of being transformed into a central point that today offers various experiences that the visitor can participate in and create such as traditional professions, crafts, arts , wine gastronomy and traditions, cultural and other events with much room for further development and improvement.

“In recent years, various studies have shown that the visitor no longer wants to be considered a 'tourist', but wants to feel that he participates in the daily life of the locals, and the experience of the destination”, according to Mr. Hatzigeorgiou. “Today, visitors are no longer reconciled to simply watching a traditional sightseeing tour, wanting and seeking to participate in the experience. This is the new way of discovering a foreign culture and destination in general that is growing more and more every year “.

Paphos tourism, following closely the trends in the global tourism arena, comes to meet these needs or to help the destination move in the right direction, concluded the director of ETAP. Efforts are being made to contribute to the diversification and innovation of the tourist experience. In this way, creative tourism and experience can significantly contribute to stimulating the local economic, social and cultural development of the entire province.

Source: www.philenews.com

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