Paphos hosts sports industry professionals


first_imgBy Bejay BrowneAround forty sports tourism professionals from eight countries will arrive in Paphos on Wednesday with the aim of further promoting this industry sector.The initiative is being undertaken by the Paphos regional board of tourism in co-operation with the CTO, along with with the organisers of sporting events and a number of Paphos hotels.“Paphos is heavily investing in sports tourism, we possess many competitive advantages and people already using our facilities and training here are very happy. Our main aim is to establish Paphos as a wonderful sporting destination,” head of the Paphos regional board of tourism, Nassos Hadjigeorgiou told the Cyprus Mail.The industry professional are expected to arrive in Paphos on December 5, and stay until December 8.Among the guests are, coaches, club presidents, club managers, travel agencies, and others. Particular emphasis is being placed on Triathlon sport, cycling, running and swimming, which are the “flagships” of the sports that are being promoted through this effort, he said.Professionals will come from countries including, the UK, Germany, Russia, Israel, Slovakia, Greece, Ukraine and the Netherlands. They were picked due to good flight connections and to capitalise on those countries that have been to Paphos in the past.“None of those individuals invited have ever been to Paphos before and they will be offered an opportunity to explore the region,” Hadjigeorgiou added.They will be familiarised with the sports infrastructure, such as the Olympic size swimming pool in Geroskipou, visit several stadiums and will be guided and have the chance to experience cycling, the marathon and triathlon routes, as well as visit the countryside and explore Paphos’ rich cultural heritage.“This initiative is also a way to promote the great sports events that we already have in Paphos such as the marathon, triathlons and cycling events and a way to promote the idea of training here, or establishing training camps here.”He added that the generally excellent weather conditions, mild winters, good air accessibility, satisfactory infrastructure for many sports, the excellent quality and also wide range of hotel accommodation on offer, beautiful countryside and great hospitality all help to create a favourable sports destination.“This move is another step towards consolidating the district as a destination for athletes and also adds another advantage to the further diversification of Paphos, setting us above other competitors.”He noted that the effort will also go some way towards easing the ongoing problem of seasonality.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoComparisons.orgCalifornia Drivers With No Tickets In 3 Years Must Read ThisComparisons.orgUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more