Hotels In Cyprus Are Longing For Stars
[IMG=20461-6192] According to Cypriot hoteliers, at the moment many hotels on the island are being renovated – 2* and 3* hotels are temporarily closed and are being reconstructed into a higher category accommodation – 4* and 5* hotels. Thus, Prodromos Chamboulides, Sales & Marketing Manager of St. Raphael, said: ‘after a few years there will not be 2* hotels at all! Imagine how the quality of service will improve!’. Experts point out that the decision was dictated by the British market, the main market for Cypriot resorts. According to Demetris Demetriou, Director of Moscow Office of Cyprus Tourism Organization, in 2005 the island was visited by 1 million British tourists.
Meanwhile, Russian travel market experts doubt that the process of reconstruction of hotels will bring immediate results. For example, Revaz Mgeladze, General Director Deputy of Zeus Travel, said: ‘not every 2* hotel might be refurbished into a 4* hotel at least owing small territory. Alexander Tugolukov, Director of Biblio – Globus, added: ‘I can not believe inexpensive hotels are not in demand of British tourists. Cheap accommodation is always in demand’.
Furthermore, Russian travel market players are mainly concerned about lack of 3* hotels. Thus, Marina Barinova, General Director Deputy of Super Nova, explained: ‘3* accommodation is in very high demand in the Russian market. Students who go to Cyprus prefer economy-class hotels’. If the idea of perfectionism will spread along the whole island, the cost of land will increase, that in its turn, will provoke price advance for tour packages to Cyprus. At the moment in the peak season a week tour to Cyprus in a 3* hotel costs around 450 Euro and 700 Euro in a 5* hotel.