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Organiser's Guide - Cyprus


Organiser's Guide to Cyprus - The Med’s third-largest island is a popular conference and event destination – and it’s easy to see why.

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Weather is reliably warm, or extremely hot, year-round. Rain is rare from late May to September and even winter days have an average six hours of sunshine. It can get chillier at high altitude and, in midwinter, skiing is possible in the Troödos mountains.


Greek is the official language of the Republic of Cyprus, but about three quarters of the population speak English – it was a British colony until 1960.


There are daily flights by a variety of carriers including BA and national carrier Cyprus Airways from London to Cyprus’s two international airports at Paphos and Larnaca. Flights from London take four-and-a-half hours.


Kapnos Airport Shuttle and Limassol Airport Express offer shuttle services from Paphos and Larnaca airports to the island’s main towns. Taxis are plentiful from the airport (expect to pay just under 50 cents a kilometre). Hire cars are available from all the main providers, and they drive on the left in Cyprus, just like the UK.


Cyprus has come into its own as a conference and meetings destination in the last decade or so. This means up-to-date facilities in over 350 conference rooms across the island, and plenty of four- and five-star hotels with expertise in hosting AGMs and corporate groups. Limassol is the main commercial centre. It offers a historic town centre, fine beaches and is a good base for exploring. Cyprus takes on the EU Presidency in 2012 so there is a lot of development in the pipeline, including a new marina at Limassol.


Cyprus is such a popular holiday island that every imaginable activity is available, from yacht cruises and deep-sea fishing to 4x4 safaris in the Troödos mountains – though delegates might be happy enough lying on the beach. There are four championship golf courses, with more on the way.


The resort of Ayia Napa is club and pub central, with international DJs and all-night partying. For something more restrained, the Cyprus Theatre Organisation presents ancient and modern drama and dance productions at venues across the island.


Cyprus is one of Europe’s most popular tourist islands, and the majority of hotels with conference facilities also cater for holidaymakers. Check your venue has a separate entrance, dedicated staff and catering facilities, and is located well away from the rest of the hotel’s attractions, such as the kids’ club.

For more info, visit: squaremeal.co.uk/cyp-tb

This feature first appeared in the Square Meal Venues & Events Guide 2011.

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