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Cyprus still great for events

Lillian Panayi

Lillian Panayi reassures the MICE sector

Bumping into Lillian Panayi at The Meetings Show UK, the conversation had to turn to the financials straits of the island. Lillian, Assistant Director of the CTO’s London office, was surprisingly upbeat.
‘Yes, leisure tourism is a bit down, but not seriously so. There has been no disruption of any of the basic tourist services. Banks are open and changing money and so on. All transport and communications are normal.

‘We are even seeing the arrival of new facilities. The new marina at Limassol has welcomed its first yachts. We are also very proud of the recently refurbished Filoxenia Conference Centre in Nicosia. This is now under the management of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation. ‘Filoxenia’ in Greek signifies ‘Hospitality’ and that is something of which there is still plenty on the island. No shortage of that’.

The centrepiece of the facility is the 1,000sqm Zenon of Citium Hall that can comfortably seat 850 delegates. Other spaces are the Jean Monnet Press Conference Room for 150 people, the Kyrenia Amphitheatre for 130 and a choice of break-out rooms.

The Cypress Media Centre alongside Filoxenia CC has 300 fully equipped work-stations and a range of restaurants and cafeterias.

‘There are 300 and more meeting facilities on the island and English is a second language virtually everywhere at every level’, says Lillian, ‘but we also have at the Centre simultaneous interpreting for up to 32 languages. So centrally located in the East Mediterranean, with such good links to all parts of the world, with a stable environment and with such a range of landscapes, from beaches to mountains, Cyprus is without doubt recognised as a top destination for conferences, incentives and leisure programmes.’

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