Arrivals from the Middle East and the Gulf countries to Cyprus increased by a dramatic 72% compared to 2006.
The Cyprus Tourism Organisation since it established its regional Middle East office in Dubai, just three years ago has increased the awareness from the region and especially UAE towards Cyprus, which was the lesser known of the Mediterranean beach destination and the closest European country to the Middle East.
The growth was not only a result of the holidaymakers searching for clean beaches, crystal water, pine covered mountains and the 10,000 years of history which have made Cyprus popular , but the increasing incentives coming out of the Gulf countries bustling corporate world.
"Companies in the Gulf countries and especially the UAE have realised the importance of rewarding the employees or partners by sending them to off sites" said Vassilis Theocharides, Director of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation in the Middle East and Arabian Gulf. Cyprus's proximity to the Middle East, great off peak deals and professional incentive organizers have made the island of Aphrodite one of the top MICE locations from the Middle East, "Companies have realised that they cannot afford to put their delegates or staff on long distance trips for incentives, and have to offer them a change of scenery all whilst making sure service is second to none" adds Theocharides.
The Cyprus Tourism Organisation will be once more looking forward in attending the second GIBTM exhibition in April 8th-10th 2008 at the ADNEC exhibition centre in Abu Dhabi, accompanied by hoteliers and DMC's from Cyprus which are specialised in this travel sector to showcase. Agencies and companies from the UAE will have a great opportunity to meet and discuss any future needs they may have in the MICE sector during this three day event.
Cyprus will be at the stand number G , for more information or to set an appointment please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +97142277637, for more information on the island visit http://www.visitcyprus.com/.