Cyprus is facing criticism from some tourism professionals for setting up a tourist information centre that will be run by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) and not by the government.
In a letter to the Cyprus Tourism Authority (CTA), a spokesperson for the country’s tourism ministry said the new centre would be set up by an NGO called Tourism Cyprus.
“We will work to establish a new centre which will be managed by a NGO, without any direct involvement from the Government,” the letter said.
The ministry’s statement followed a report by the European Commission that the Cyprus Government had not made any efforts to obtain prior approval for the creation of the centre.
The NGO that will operate the centre is called TourismCyprus.
The new centre is likely to have a different name from the Tourism Cyprus that is currently operating in other countries in Europe, the letter continued.
The spokesperson also noted that Cyprus is in the process of developing its own tourism strategy.
However, the spokesperson did not elaborate further.
The tourism sector in Cyprus is experiencing a number of challenges and concerns in recent years.
The Cyprus government has not been able to control the islanders’ access to tourism.
For example, many locals complain of having to pay to access the internet.
According to data from the Cyprus Statistics Office, the number of tourists visiting the island annually has fallen from a high of 1.2 million in 2016 to a low of 800,000 in 2017.
In 2018, the total number of visitors was 723,000.
A recent survey by the Cypriot Association of Tour Operators showed that the number visiting the country rose to a record high of 886,000 last year, but that number is forecast to decline by 0.2 percent this year.
In addition, there are increasing concerns about the tourism sector’s future.
According in a report from the European Union, the country is facing a deficit of €20 million per year, an increase of €1.2 billion since 2014.
The report said that the government has been unable to raise the budget for the budget of the Cyriakian tourism authority, which currently stands at just €3.8 million.
In June 2018, Cyprus was ranked 27th in the world in the rankings of the World Tourism Organization (WTO).
The country ranked last among EU member states in terms of the number and percentage of tourists who visited.
According the OECD, the tourism industry has seen a decline of 25 percent since the beginning of the 20th century.
In 2014, the CyRIA lost a total of €13.6 million due to the collapse of the economy.
The economic crisis has had a negative effect on the country, which is suffering from a recession, unemployment and public discontent.
A majority of the population lives in poverty, with unemployment at 26 percent, according to a poll conducted by the University of Cyprus in 2018.
The latest data from Eurostat showed that employment fell by more than half for all non-agricultural workers in Cyprus in 2019, the first drop since 2006.
The fall in employment and the loss of private sector jobs are a major factor in the countrys economic crisis, which the EU has described as a “social and political crisis”.
According to the Eurostat data, the proportion of those employed in the sector is at its lowest point in decades.