The lack of hotel accommodation in Larnaca has always been a bone of contention as it has hampered the town’s tourist appeal - especially in the area of sunshine weddings and the guests they bring with them.
Two of the hotels will come from Sunnyseeker Management Ltd who have been managing the four-star Princess Hotel along the Larnaca/Dhekelia Road since last year, and are also refurbishing the three-star Sveltos Hotel (due on April 1, 2015). Mikes Kanarium City Hotel in the town centre (due January 1, 2015) and Ciao Stelio Boutique Hotel in the Mackenzie area (due April 1, 2015) will be managed by the group and were not previously hotels, although the buildings were in use for tourist accommodation.
A new boutique hotel will be opening near the church of St Lazarus at the beginning of 2015. The hotel will offer 17 rooms, some of which will be located in a restored, listed house, and the others in a modern complex. A further two hotels along Dhekelia Road that were non-licensed and have been closed for the past two to four years will also be refurbished and open for business once again - the names of which have yet to be officially released.
The region of Larnaca has 103 licensed hotel accommodation establishments with a total of 5997 beds. Only one of them - The Golden Bay Hotel on Dhekelia Road - is five-star and there are six four-star hotels with a capacity of 2316 beds - almost half the region’s beds. The lack of high-star and resort hotels prevents couples having big weddings in the town. At present the civil weddings that take place in Larnaca include a large number of weddings where the couple are only in the town for one day to marry, rather than big resort weddings that bring a larger number of guests who typically stay for one to two weeks.
At the start of the year, the mayor readily admitted that the lack of decent hotels was a problem as he noted the unusual situation Larnaca has as a coastal town, saying “We have no 5-star hotels within our city centre.” Chairman of the LTB, Dinos Lefkaritis said of the issue: “The region of Larnaca only has 7% of the island’s tourist beds at the moment. Due to the lack of beds and holiday resorts, some big tour operators are less inclined to include Larnaca in their packages. However, with the addition of new hotel beds within the next year, Larnaca will gradually start increasing its tourist accommodation capacity. On behalf of the LTB I would like to congratulate the companies that are investing in the region’s tourism industry as well as the hoteliers who have proceeded with renovations; all leading to the upgrading of Larnaca’s tourism product”.
At the beginning of May, the LTB met with CTO Chairman Angelos Loizou and discussed the town’s urgent need for more hotels, amongst other issues. Lefkaritis requested that the CTO move to change the legislative framework regarding the development of boutique and city hotels - which is pending since 2009 - so that the town can increase its bed capacity, with the CTO Chairman promising to take steps to push the issue forward, something that is now bearing fruit.
Source article: Incyprus