Cyprus’ tourism industry is under threat following a UK-lead campaign encouraging holidaymakers to avoid the island when considering upcoming summer plans later this year.
A recent social media-focused #boycottCyprus campaign comes as Cyprus recovers from a week of highly critical TV press and radio coverage of a rape trial, which has been publicised not only highly in the UK but has also gained international coverage for the less than perfect way the Cyprus government have handled the situation. The case ended last week when a woman from the UK will be sentenced after being found guilty for public mischief.
According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, tourism accounts for 23% of Cyprus’ GDP. Chairman of the Cyprus Hotels Association, Mr Loizides stated that he could not comment on the incident other than it being a social media fad, with little to no impact on the population at large; and that it was a judicial matter to be resolved fairly by the courts.