AP reports from Nicosia that Cyprus is teaming up with Israeli authorities to promote the eastern Mediterranean as a prime cruise line holiday destination, the island nation’s tourism minister Savvas Perdios said Wednesday
The Minister said that the government is also in advanced talks with Egypt to offer cruise packages to include Cypriot and Egyptian ports of call.
He added the aim is to put Cyprus back on the cruise line map with top global operators such as Royal Caribbean after an absence of several years. Cruise ship arrivals this year have doubled to 60 from a year ago and are expected to increase to 100 next year.
Perdios pointed out that attracting world-class cruise line operators would open a new tourist market, such as travelers from the U.S., Latin America and China, that Cyprus hadn’t previously accessed.