A fairly good flow of travel bookings is emerging, following the presentation of the roadmap for lifting the lockdown in Britain by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, PASYXE Paphos estimates.
The increase in bookings for trips abroad this summer, according to the reports of airlines and travel companies in Britain immediately after the presentation of the road map by Boris Johnson, is welcomed by the Spokesperson of the Paphos Hoteliers Association Euripides Loizidis.
In their statements to KYPE, Mr. Loizidis stated that the British Prime Minister said that leisure trips abroad will not be allowed before May 17, if this is deemed safe by an epidemiological study that will take place in April.
In fact, noted Mr. Loizidis, the major travel agents announced that they will begin their travels to Cyprus, sending a letter from May 17. Following the announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Paphos Hoteliers Association Spokesman said that they saw a serious flow of bookings to Paphos hotels after three months, adding that this is a very encouraging message.
Regarding the Israeli market, Mr. Loizidis said that there are encouraging messages after the announcement of the President of the Republic for April 1, while the Russian market is also expected, from which nothing has been announced yet due to the vaccine that has not still recognized by Europe.
Basically, he explained, the approval of the Russian vaccine by Europe is expected because they have shown interest in starting from April.
Mr. Loizidis said that some hotel units in Paphos will start reopening timidly – in April, but most of the hotels will start reopening, as he estimated from May 1 onwards.
Asked about this, the Spokesman of the Paphos Hoteliers Association expressed his optimism that 2021 will be better than the summer of 2020, but did not estimate the fullness to be able to reach the percentages recorded by the fullness in the tourist season of 2019. Already added the lost 40% of arrivals due to the reopening of hotels after April.
In addition, he noted, everything will depend on the flow of flights as it is estimated that some of them will suspend their routes.
However, he expressed optimism that the market will be open, there will be mobility and many employees will return to work. He added that the hoteliers of Paphos District will adhere to the sanitary protocol to the letter and the protection measures will be of a high level.
Referring to the British market, Mr. Loizidis said that it is a very large market, noting that the British plan their trip once a year.
He pointed out, however, that their only concern is the readiness of Cyprus to receive tourists in May. He referred to the vaccinations as an example, saying that the vaccination program should be carried out as soon as possible and much earlier before September and “specifically in the spring”.
He added that the government should buy vaccines from elsewhere and that it should do so immediately.
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