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According to Eurostat, winter tourism in the EU for the 2018-2019 period recorded positive growth rates in most countries, including Cyprus, compared with the same period in 2017-2018.

According to the UK Post Office Travel Money, British tourists taking a New Year break will get up to 11 percent more cash year-on-year.

Larnaka and Pafos International Airports welcomed 11 million passengers for 2019, a new record for the company.

Cyprus Shipping recently achieved the successful prolongation of the Cyprus Shipping Taxation System for another 10 years by the European Commission, which had been submitted for official approval on 6 November 06, 2019.

On the basis of the results of the Cyprus Passengers Survey, arrivals of tourists reached 169,392 in November 2019 compared to 158,685 in November 2018, recording an increase of 6,7 percent.

The Cyprus Shipping Chamber (CSC) participated at the Senior Maritime Conference held between December 02-05, 2019, in Shanghai, China, with the presence of its president, Philippos Philis.

Cyprus Airways announced that it will operate flights to Rome in Summer 2020 with two weekly flights.

The Cyprus Deputy Ministry of Tourism recently announced that they will carry out secret checks and assessments on the island’s hotel industry.

On the basis of the results of the Cyprus Passenger Survey, revenue from tourism reached EUR377,2 million in September compared to EUR378,8 million in the corresponding month of 2018, recording a decrease of 0,4 percent.

On December 07, Elpida, a 63 m long boat, brought from Greece, was sunk off the coast of Cyprus to in order to form an artificial reef.

The boat was sunk in front of the Palm Beach hotel in Larnaca, around two kilometres from the shore, at a 30 m depth and it will be the sixth such protected artificial reef area.

Agriculture Minister Costas Kadis attended the sinking of Elpida said that the boat was sunk in an area that has been studied and presents relatively limited natural reefs and other habitats and “is expected to significantly cpntribute to the creation of shelters, growth and feeding site for many species of marine flora and fauna, contributing substantially to the protection and development of biodiversity in the region.

The sinking of Elpida was a coordinated effort by the fisheries department and the Larnaca Tourism Board.

The project, according to the fisheries department, is funded by 75 percent from the EU and 25 percent from the government through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund 2014-2020.