10 July 2018
The House of Representatives approved the establishment of a deputy ministry of tourism, satisfying a longstanding demand of tourism stakeholders.
Under the bill, approved by 32 votes to 17, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation will evolve into the deputy ministry. Τhe process of transitioning will commence immediately by dissolving CTO and its board and a deputy minister will be appointed directly answerable to the president. CTO employees will be transferred to the deputy ministry.
The newly established deputy ministry of Tourism will begin work on January 2, 2019.
Tourism stakeholders have long canvassed for approval of the bill saying that one of the most buoyant sectors of the Cyprus economy needed a dedicated deputy ministry.
The government welcomed the vote, saying the establishment of a deputy ministry was a milestone in boosting tourism, one of the most important pillars of the Cypriot economy.
“With the establishment of the deputy ministry and the start of its operations on January 2, 2019, the implementation of the National Tourism Strategy will begin” said deputy government spokesman Klelia Vasiliou. "Cyprus tourism will be diversified, upgraded and strengthened, putting Cyprus on the modern tourism market as one of the most competitive high quality destinations” she added.