Changing face of Larnaca


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MULTI-MILLION projects involving 15 ambitious development plans, which promise to transform the face of Larnaca are in the works over the next five years, the town’s tourism board asserted yesterday.

“Over the next five years Larnaca will receive new trendy image, making it as a very noteworthy travel destination with excellent infrastructure, superstructure and quality services with facilities for locals and visitors,”
said Larnaca Tourism Board chief Dinos Lefkaritis, who is also leader of the Larnaca Chamber of Commerce.
“These projects are expected to produce a new dynamic,”
Lefkaritis however stressed out the need for project deadlines to be kept for the huge five-year enterprise to be achieved.
Larnaca has for years been in many respects ‘tourism‘s underdog’ as most tourists saw it simply as the town where the airfield was located rather than a tourist destination in its own right.
But the tourism board which is made up of interested parties such as the Chamber of Commerce, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation, the Cyprus Hotels Association and the Association of Cyprus Travel Agents among others, yesterday launched a the new guide setting out 15 new projects that will be implemented over the next five years.
“Although Larnaca has always offered plenty to both its citizens and visitors, this is being further enhanced with a host of changes the town has recently undergone and will undergo,”
the board said in its briefing.
“Big investments such as the new international airport and the creation of three town squares – amongst others – have been a welcome addition, but Larnaca has even bigger plans. Thanks to these changes, Larnaca’s future has never looked brighter.”
The initiatives include such well-known developments as the new port with some lesser known projects such as the revamp of Piale Pashia, a walkway between Pyla and Voroklini and an environmental centre at the Salt Lake,
A spokesman at the board was yesterday reluctant to put a figure on the total cost of the 15 developments. “Some are just approximate budgets and for others the budget has not been worked out yet,” the spokesman said. But it is known that the marina project alone could come in at over €80 million.
The Larnaca Tourism Board created in 2008 to promote Larnaca as a holiday destination and to offer new initiatives to attract visitors. “The Larnaca Tourism Board has been working diligently to upgrade Larnaca and its services since its inception, and with so many constructive modifications on the way, it won’t be long before this already-popular destination becomes a firm favourite for all,” the board said.

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