Ayia Napa is on fire … not literally of course

Cyprus Mail reports that Ayia Napa enjoys the best tourism year in the last 10 years.

A MASSIVE increase in tourism from Russia, more bookings from Britain and instability in the Middle East have helped kick-start a tourism boom in Ayia Napa which is being lauded as the best year in a decade.

It was announced yesterday that hotel occupancy in Ayia Napa and Protaras reached full capacity during the summer period with the added bonus of the holiday season stretching till November

.I’ve been to Ayia Napa and Protaras a couple of weeks ago and it was obvious that the situation with tourists there is very different from Limassol.  Crowds and crowds of people on the streets, and everywhere.  In Protaras it was even difficult to walk through in the evening – so many people around.  When we drove back to Limassol, it was empty like a deserted island.  Someone in the car suggested that that might be because we came back later in the evening, but I disagreed.  It only takes about an hour and a half to drive from Protaras to Limassol. And there was no way all those people in Protaras could have disappeared from the streets in that time frame.  Now, the newspaper confirms that the situation over there is indeed different.