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Cyprus eyes Mid East hospitality market February 21, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Business & Economy, Tourism.
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Cypriot suppliers to the hospitality industry are in confident mood as they prepare to participate in the first national pavilion for Cyprus at The Hotel Show 2007.

Recent forecast by the World Travel Organisation (WTO) predicted  an average annual growth rate of 6.7 per cent per for the next 15 years in the hospitality sector in this region. There will be over 20 major exporters participating in the Cypriot group, and having already contributed towards the development of the Mediterranean island’s own five-star industry, they have every reason to be optimistic about their move into this growing market.

Maggie Moore, Exhibition Director, The Hotel Show 2007, which takes place at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre (DIEC) on 3-5 June, said, “This is the first time Cyprus has organised a national pavilion. Last year individual Cypriot companies took a total of 30 square metres. This year they will cover over 500 square metres, clearly showing confidence in the market.”

Cyprus exports, worth US$ 1.34 billion, have traditionally been agricultural produce and cement, with the EU being their main market. However considering that the service sector makes-up 76 per cent of Cyprus’ GDP, tourism being the cornerstone, exporters are now turning their attention towards the Middle East. The Cyprus pavilion will host a wide variety of companies showcasing a wealth of products and services such as; cleaning products, bespoke furniture, unique stone creations and rock art, mosaics, paper hygiene products, bedding, lighting, solar technology and shading systems.

“We feel that despite the extreme competition that exists in the market we have grown our export markets in the Middle East from virtually nothing a few years ago to almost US$ 14 million at present. Our suppliers have developed in parallel with resorts such as Paphos and Ayia Napa and as such have the necessary know-how and experience to gain market share throughout the Middle East’s five-star hospitality sector, commented, Antonis Antoniades, Commercial Officer for the Cyprus Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Tourism.

Organised by dmg world media Dubai Ltd one of the region’s leading exhibition companies based in Dubai, The Hotel Show will offer the very latest equipment, technology and service innovations for the hospitality and leisure industries. The event has grown inline with the industry and this year will cover a total of 13,000 square metres. In 2006, the event accommodated 700 exhibitors from 46 different countries, which was a 30 per cent increase over the previous year.

Cyprus ski area fully open February 21, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Cyprus.
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Some of Europe’s major ski resorts may have had snow cover difficulties at times this season, but one of the continent’s most southerly ski centres on the island of Cyprus is fully open and reporting healthy snow depths of 50cm (nearly two feet) on some runs.

Accommodation in the Troodos mountain region near the ski centre is reported to be fully booked. A spokeswoman for the Forest Park Hotel told local media, “People have made reservations in order to enjoy some skiing and the snow, which is more than we had at this time last year.”

The four runs and the cross country loop operated by the Cyprus Ski Club are all open with the Dias slope having the best of the snow. Four wheel drive vehicles are required to negotiate the roads up to the ski slopes however. Although a private ski club, guest membership is available by the day at a very affordable rate.

The Club celebrates 50 years of skiing this year as it was formed 50 years in 1947 [not sure about the Maths here!] by a group of Ski enthusiasts consisting of Cypriot and British Nationals as at the time Cyprus was part of the British Empire. At the time, the Troodos resort was used only in the summer when the Government moved there for cooler conditions. The ski pioneers used to walk to the ski runs on Troodos, as the roads were not cleared from the snow.

In the late 1950s the British Military in Cyprus bought two small portable lifts, replacing an early primitive lift. Following Cypriot independence from British rule in 1960, the Cyprus Ski Club spent six years for the new lift to the installed as agreements had to be made with the Forest Department to rent the land and format the piste, bring electricity to the site and construct a small shelter.

The first International Ski Competition was held at the North Face Piste, in 1969 with participation of teams from nine countries. In 1973, the FIS Congress was organised in Nicosia and Famagusta, with over 500 participants. In 1978, Cyprus participated for the first time in the Alpine World Championships in Garmish Partenkirchen and the Cyprus flag was raised at the Olympic games for the first time in 1980 at Lake Placid.

In 2003 the Cyprus Ski Club made another first in skiing. with the help of the International Ski Federation and others, the Club installed what are believed to be the most southerly snow guns in the northern hemisphere.

Related Links > http://www.cyprusski.com/MAIN/default.aspx