Cyprus Tourism Organisation Announces Strong Visitor Figures and Appoints Rooster PR

Cyprus Tourism Organisation Announces Strong Visitor Figures and Appoints Rooster PR
16th May 2017 James Brooke

Cyprus Tourism Organisation Announces Strong Visitor Figures and Appoints Rooster PR

Visitors to the destination have increased by 3.6 per cent year on year.

 The Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) predicts that 2017 will be a record-breaking year with over three per cent year-on-year increase in visitors recorded from January to March (3.6 per cent). Coinciding with the announcement of these figures, the CTO has appointed Rooster PR to manage its press office and deliver a series of creative campaigns following a competitive pitch.

Rooster has been briefed to raise awareness of Cyprus as a safe, accessible destination with the perfect year-round climate to support the country’s strong growth in tourism. The agency will be responsible for all B2B and B2C, pro-active and re-active media enquiries. This will include developing and implementing an effective PR plan, news generation, press trip co-ordination and crisis management as well as managing the destination’s social media channels.

In addition to running Cyprus’ day-to-day press office, the Rooster team will implement two large-scale creative events aimed at generating widespread press awareness of the destination’s tourism offering. Details of the first event, which is due to take place in the second half of 2017, will be announced shortly.

Cyprus received 99,503 UK visitors from 1st January to 31st March 2017 – a 3.6 per cent increase compared to the 96,009 UK visitors to Cyprus from the same period in 2016. 2017 is expected to be Cyprus’ biggest year yet for tourism, following an historic 3.2 million arrivals in 2016. The U.K is the top market to Cyprus with more than 40 per cent of total arrivals.

Mr Orestis Rossides, UK Director of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation, said: “Visitor figures for 2017 are looking positive and this upward trend is only set to continue. Many travellers are already turning to Cyprus for its year-round sunshine, stunning landscapes, world-class spas and range of activities; and with Rooster’s help, we’ll be able to entice many more. The team has hit the ground running already and we’re looking forward to working closely with them on some exciting campaigns to further maximise awareness of, and bookings to, Cyprus.”

James Brooke, Managing Director at Rooster, said: “2017 has been a difficult year for many destinations but Cyprus is going from strength to strength, thanks to its great climate, accessible location, safety and varied tourism offering. We’re delighted to have been appointed and have already got cracking with plans to help raise further awareness of the destination’s strengths to holidaymakers across the UK. I’m particularly excited about the first high impact event we will be implementing later this year – more will be revealed soon!”

Cyprus – the third largest island in the Mediterranean – attracts over two million tourists annually. Cyprus is a year-round island appealing to a wide range of personal tastes and lifestyles, from families and couples, to the most discerning of culture and nature-oriented travellers.

For more information, go to www.visitcyprus.com, www.facebook.com/visitcyprus.uk or www.twitter.com/visitcyprus.

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Rooster PR
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About the Cyprus Tourism Organisation
Cyprus – the third largest island in the Mediterranean – attracts over two million tourists annually. Cyprus is a year-round island appealing to a wide range of personal tastes and lifestyles, from families and couples, to the most discerning of culture and nature-oriented travellers.

Tourists are attracted by the island’s legendary hospitality, glorious coastline and stunning mountain villages. There is something to suit everyone – family resorts, world class spas, golf courses, marinas, agro-tourism and food and wine trails. The active can enjoy the warm waters of Cyprus for diving and waterskiing while adventure seekers can explore the island’s beauty with trekking or bird-watching tours, while golfing enthusiasts play on award winning courses.

The island boasts the cleanest bathing waters in Europe, combined with a rich cultural heritage, a variety of agro-tourism projects and a wide choice of special interest activities.

For more information: www.visitcyprus.com