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As one of the oldest cities in the world, Larnaca has a rich history of different civilisations that have left their mark on the region, including the Phoenicians. The long-awaited excavations of the ancient port of Kition in 2021, along with the city’s role in the Phoenicians' Route tourism project, will further enhance its link to the Phoenicians. 

The Phoenicians' Route refers to the connection of the major nautical routes used by the Phoenicians as essential routes for trade and cultural communication in the Mediterranean from the 12th century BC. The collective initiative includes 11 countries with links to the Phoenicians. Network members Albania, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Palestine, Spain, and Tunisia.

Working together, the countries will create new strategies for cultural tourism of the Euro-Mediterranean, with recognition of the cultural route by the Council of Europe.

Cyprus’ involvement in this significant project is further enhanced by the election of the esteemed Elena Tanou as president of the ‘Phoenican’s Routes’ project for the term 2021/2022, with Nana Asmeni-Pavlou - Larnaca Tourism Board's officer - on the steering committee.

Tanou said of initiative’s vision, “The incredible legacy left to us by the Phoenicians, skilled masters in trade and in the circulation of culture thanks to the encounter with other great Mediterranean civilizations, will be our source of inspiration for the production of contemporary and creative tourism practices.”

Planned events for this year include virtual exhibitions and travelling exhibits, as well as online conferences and other events involving the 30 museums and archaeological sites in the member countries that are part of the network.

The European Commission (EC) recently approved a EUR8 million Cypriot scheme to support tour operators affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

The Cyprus Ministry of Tourism announced that following a relevant international tender, in which consulting companies from Cyprus and abroad participated, the process of preparing the study for the sustainable tourism development of the wider area of Polis Chrysochous and Tillyria and for the establishment of its tourist identity has begun.

The eagerly awaited, new Lefkara Multi-functional Conference Centre has officially opened, bringing a modern facility to the traditional mountain village - famous worldwide for its handmade embroidery and other unique handicrafts.

On April 01, the government presented a grand project including over 300 actions to revitalise the mountain communities.

On the basis of the results of the Cyprus Passenger Survey carried out by the Statistical Service, revenue from tourism in January of this year reached EUR2,8 million.

Compared to EUR40,2 million in the corresponding month of the 2020, it recorded a decrease of 93 percent, as well as a decrease of 92,9 percent compared to January 2019 (EUR39,6 million).

Ryanair, on March 31 launched its biggest ever summer schedule in Cyprus, with 34 routes in total, including five new routes to Bari, Bologna, Corfu, Rhodes (operating from July) and Venice Treviso (operating from June), which will help boost Cyprus’s air traffic and tourism as vaccination programmes continue and Europe re-opens in time for the summer holiday season.

The Cyprus Shipping Chamber (CSC) noted with satisfaction the joint statement signed by the heads of five United Nation bodies, on March 25, which calls on all governments to prioritise seafarers in their national COVID-19 vaccination programmes, together with other essential workers, saying that their safe movement is essential to critical goods movement and travel on which the global economy depends for recovery.

This summer, Royal Caribbean International guests can soak up the Mediterranean sun and explore the captivating coastlines of Greece and Cyprus on all-new seven-night cruises departing from Limassol, Cyprus.

The Cyprus arrivals of tourists reached 5,047 in February of this year, recording a decrease of 95,2 percent compared to February 2020 (during which 105,592 arrivals were recorded), and a decrease of 95,2 percent compared to February 2019 (with 105,571 arrivals).