• Short Summary

    THE ISLAND OF CYPRUS IS MAKING AN INTENSIVE DRIVE TO ATTRACT TOURISTS TO ITS SHORES.?

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    NICOSIA, THE CAPITAL; TOURISTS LEAVING AIRCRAFT AT NICOSIA AIRPORT; NEW AIR TERMINAL UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT AIRPORT; NEW NICOSIA HILTON HOTEL UNDER CONSTRUCTION; THE LEDRA PALACE HOTEL; NICOSIA'S TURKISH QUARTER; LEDRA STREET, ONCE KNOWN AS "MURDER MILE" BY BRITISH TROOPS; UN SQUARE AND CHECKPOINT BETWEEN TURKISH AND GREEK SECTORS; THE PALACE OF PRESIDENT MAKARIOS WITH CYPRIOT FLAG FLYING; AUSTRALIAN, FINNISH AND SWEDISH UN TROOPS; THE NEW ROAD FROM NICOSIA TO KYRENIA; KYRENIA HARBOUR; BELLAPAIS ABBEY AND CLOISTERS; FAMAGUSTA; BRITISH ARMY BASE AT DHEKELIA; TOURISTS AMONG RUINS AT SALAMIS; TOURISTS SUNBATHE ON FAMAGUSTA BEACH; TURKISH QUARTER IN FAMAGUSTA; TURKISH FAMILIES LOOK OVER WALL TO GREEK SECTOR.




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    Background: THE ISLAND OF CYPRUS IS MAKING AN INTENSIVE DRIVE TO ATTRACT TOURISTS TO ITS SHORES. THE MINISTRY OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY HAS BEEN PROVIDING INCENTIVES FOR HOTEL CONSTRUCTION; BUILDING AND IMPROVING ROADS; RESTORING ANCIENT MONUMENTS; PUTTING UP TOURIST PAVILIONS AND CONSTRUCTING SWIMMING POOLS. A NEW GBP1 MILLION AIR TERMINAL BUILDING AT NICOSIA AIRPORT IS DUE TO BE READY NEXT SUMMER.

    CYPRUS NEEDS A SUCCESSFUL TOURIST INDUSTRY IF SHE IS TO AVOID A CRISIS IN HER ECONOMY IN THE NEAR FUTURE. AT THE MOMENT THE ISLAND IS ENJOYING A FOREIGN CURRENCY RESERVE OF NEARLY FIFTY MILLION POUNDS. AN EXPECTED WITHDRAWAL FROM THE BRITISH BASES, HOWEVER, COULD QUICKLY TURN THIS SURPLUS INTO A DEFICIT.

    IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR THE FLARE-UP OF HOSTILITIES BETWEEN THE GREEK AND TURKISH COMMUNITIES IN DECEMBER, 1963, CYPRUS COULD WELL HAVE BEEN A GOOD-SIZED TOURIST CENTRE ALREADY. TOURIST FIGURES INCREASED FROM 25,000 IN 1960 TO 75,000 IN 1963. BUT THEY PLUNGED TO 13,000 IN 1964. LAST YEAR, HOWEVER, THE FIGURE ROSE TO 33,000, AND THIS YEAR IT MAY BE AS HIGH AS 50,000.

    ONE FEAR OF THE CYPRUS GOVERNMENT IS THAT THE FLOOD OF TOURISTS WILL COME TOO SOON. THERE IS SUFFICIENT ACCOMMODATION ON THE ISLAND FOR THE 120,000 TOURISTS EXPECTED IN 1967 BUT NOWHERE NEAR ENOUGH FOR THE TARGET OF 300,000 SET FOR 1970.

    BRITISH EUROPEAN AIRWAYS, WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OLYMPIC AIRWAYS, ARE MOUNTING AN ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN COSTING OVER GBP100,000, TO ENCOURAGE A RECORD NUMBER OF VISITORS TO CYPRUS IN 1967.

    ALTHOUGH UNITED NATIONS FORCES ARE STILL PRESENT ON THE ISLAND THE ATMOSPHERE BETWEEN GREEK AND TURK APPEARS TO BE MUCH CALMER. THE UN SOLDIERS ARE FROM AUSTRALIA, FINLAND, SWEDEN, DENMARK, IRELAND AND AUSTRIA. THEY MAINTAIN ORDER WITHOUT AUTHORITY AND WITHOUT POWER OF ARREST. SUCH IS THEIR POWER OF INFLUENCE HOWEVER, THAT THE NUMBER OF SHOTS EXCHANGED BETWEEN THE TWO COMMUNITIES HAS FALLEN FROM OVER 2,000 A WEEK TO A MAXIMUM OF 25 DURING ONE WEEK IN NOVEMBER.

    THE UN FORCE KEEPS A CLOSE WATCH ALONG "GREEN LINE" ALL OVER THE ISLAND THE DEMARCATION BETWEEN THE GREEK AND TURKISH SECTORS. THEY ARE SUPPORTED BY THE LOCAL GREEK AND TURKISH POLICE AS WELL AS BY POLICEMEN FROM NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA. TOURISTS HAVE TO SHOW THEIR PASSPORTS AT SOME OF THE CHECKPOINTS, BUT IT IS ONLY A BRIEF FORMALITY.

    CYPRUS HAS WIDE RANGE OF INTEREST FOR THE HOLIDAYMAKER. FOR ALL-YEAR HOLIDAYING THERE ARE THE BEACHES, THE MOST POPULAR ONES BEING KYRENIA, FAMAGUSTA AND LARNACA. THERE ARE GOOD HOTELS, WATER SPORTS, PLENTY OF SUNSHINE AND THE BLUEST OF SKIES.

    AND CYPRUS IS RICH IN HISTORICAL INTEREST. LEGEND AND HISTORY CONSORT TOGETHER SO FREELY ON THE ISLAND THAT IT IS NOT CLEAR WHERE ONE BEGINS AND THE OTHERS ENDS. THERE IS THE ROMANTIC VILLAGE OF BELLAPAIS WITH ITS THIRTEENTH CENTURY ABBEY AND CLOISTER AND, IN CONTRAST, THE RUINS OF SALAMIS, A CITY WHICH WAS FIRST THE ISLAND'S CAPITAL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE 7TH CENTURY B.C. CYPRUS IS ALSO AN ARCHAEOLOGISTS PARADISE. THE TRAVELLER WILL OFTEN COME ACROSS EXCAVATIONS IN PROGRESS. IT MAY BE A GREEK THEATRE, A ROMAN VILLA OR JUST POTSHERDS AND COINS.

    IT IS HOPED THAT A GREAT NEW WAVE OF TOURISTS WILL STRENGTHEN THE CHANCE OF A LASTING PEACE IN CYPRUS. THERE IS A THEORY THAT WHEN THE VISITORS BEGIN TO POUR IN, EVERYONE WILL BE TO BUSY TO THINK ABOUT WHETHER THEY ARE GREEK OR TURK.

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    Film ID:
    VLVASM706DA7EAFMLPVNYMP6A7N0
    Media URN:
    VLVASM706DA7EAFMLPVNYMP6A7N0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/12/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:06:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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