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Business and pleasure; Cyprus offers the best of both worlds

One of the reasons for the increasing popularity of Cyprus as a conference destination is the diversity of its conference centers. Each one is different and has something special to offer visitors, thus the business requirements and leisure interests of the company’s delegates can be carefully matched to a suitable hotel in one of the seven exciting conference centers.

Lefkosia (Nicosia)
, the capital, is attractive and cosmopolitan, with all the amenities of a bright European city, yet just a few streets away, its old world charm can be discovered in the narrow lanes where craftsmen still sit beating copper and making furniture. The capital’s history stretches back to the Chalcolithic period. It became the island’s capital in medieval times and later, during the Venetian period (1489-1571), was enclosed within thick fortified walls, with three portals and eleven heart-shaped bastions which can still be seen today. Its ancient treasures and colorful folk history are contained in the city’s fascinating museums. As dusk falls, the bright lights of the capital beckon visitors to enjoy a wealth of good restaurants, theatres and cultural events. Click for more...

Lemesos (Limassol)
, the second largest town, has evolved between the two ancient sites of Amathus and Kourion, and its history can be traced back to their decline in importance. Lemesos is a colorful blend of old and new. The main shopping area of Agios Andreas is full of brightly lit shops selling local leather goods, jewellery and pottery, whilst the old town is a labyrinth of winding streets and little workshops. The town’s culture is diverse with the castle, museums and monasteries to visit by day and classical music, ballet, opera and night clubs by night. For those who enjoy traveling, Lemesos is ideally placed for exploration of the whole island and also further afield, with mini cruises to the
Greek Islands, Israel, Egypt or Lebanon. Click for more...

Larnaka stands on the site of Kition, one of the island’s city kingdoms. Since the days when it was inhabited by the Phoenicians it has had a strong seafaring tradition, and today its 450 berth marina welcomes boats from all over Europe. The town itself has interesting historical sites to explore. The church of Agios Lazaros was first founded in AD 800 and enshrines the relic of one of Christ’s closest friends, whilst Hala Sultan Tekke, on the edge of Larnaka Salt Lake, is an important place of pilgrimage for Moslems. Larnaka has restaurants and evening entertainment to suit everybody, and a wonderful French style boulevard by the sea that is perfect for an evening stroll. Click for more...

Pafos is situated on the south-west coast, and has a rich archaeological inheritance that has earned it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is an area of great beauty, with colorful stories of the goddess Aphrodite entwined with its history. Pafos district is a large one, stretching up to the north coast, and amidst its rolling hillsides and valleys lie numerous attractive villages where life has changed little in generations. The centre of Pafos town is colorful maze of little workshops and European style shops. Three kilometers down the hill by the picturesque harbor, is a lively assortment of coffee shops, restaurants and gift shops. Click for more...

 Ayia Napa has long been a tourist centre, welcoming visitors from all over Europe to enjoy its luxurious hotels and beautiful sandy beaches. Ayia Napa has been an important agricultural area since Venetian times, and it was during this time that its most famous historical monument, the monastery, was built to mark the place where a beautiful icon of Our Lady was discovered. Today life centers on the harbor where visitors mingle with the fishing boats, sit and enjoy fresh fish  in the taverns or try some of the water sports. When the sun goes down, it is time to put on the dancing shoes and enjoy the town’s colorful entertainment. The resort of Protaras stands on the edge of a fertile plain where thousands of windmills turn silently in the onshore breeze. Its sandy beaches and rocky headlands stretch for more than five kilometers from the cove and island affectionately nicknamed” Fig Tree Bay”, offering a relaxed environment for business conferences and great incentive fun. Click for more...

Throughout the year, the Troodos Mountains offer a stunning contrast, geographically and climatically, to the rest of the island. Created from hard volcanic rock, the mountains have rugged scenery, with steep-sided valleys and numerous streams that tumble down the ravines that radiate from the summit of Mount Olympus. At 1,950 meters, the summit offers breathtaking panoramic views in all directions. Scattered throughout the mountains are monasteries, churches and small pretty villages, well known for their abundant harvests of cherries, pears and apples, and their traditional crafts. Click for more...

They say never mix business with pleasure

…but in Cyprus it is hard not to! One of the reasons why Cyprus is popular as a business destination is its unique blend of a relaxed friendly atmosphere and high standard of professionalism. When you are planning a conference, meeting or incentive you need to know that things will run smoothly and efficiently, leaving you free to concentrate on the agenda. Staff in all the business hotels are well trained to deal with all types of meetings and exhibitions whilst the handling agents are highly experienced and can tailor and co-ordinate everything to your specifications-giving you time to relax a little… Cyprus is ideally situated as a business destination linking Europe and the Middle East.

Forty international airlines operate regular flights from all major airports to Larnaka, and transfer times to Lefkosia and Lemesos are under one hour. Pafos is served by its own international airport, and within thirty minutes of leaving the arrivals lounge you can be in your hotel enjoying a drink!

There are a wide range of conference facilities available that are suitable for groups from under twenty members to twelve hundred delegates. All conference venues have the latest in audio and visual systems, and many have simultaneous translation facilities for up to four languages and video conferencing. All hotels offer a wide variety of accommodation for both business personnel and their families. Whilst you are staying in Cyprus, close links can be maintained with your office back home. The Cyprus telecommunication system is fast and efficient. E-mail, internet and facsimile are available in all hotels, and mobile telephones can be rented from local suppliers. Banking systems are excellent and use the latest technology, and many international banks have branches in Cyprus. Secretarial services are also widely available. Throughout your stay, staff from your handling agent and the hotel will be happy to help with any queries you may have…

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Good value for money: Special convention and incentive fares.

An important consideration when planning any type of conference or incentive is the cost, and you will be delighted to learn how favorably our prices compare with similar business packages to other destinations. We like to offer our clients the very best, at an affordable price. With our wealth of experience, we know that the price must be right to attract maximum attendance, and that delegates expect good value for their money.

In Cyprus we enjoy a relatively low cost of living, but this in no way means our standards are low. Throughout the travel industry, standards are maintained to the highest international levels to be enjoyed by all business delegates, and it is no coincidence at all that organizations return time and time again to the very best that Cyprus has to offer. During your stay in Cyprus you will be looking forward to the very best local and international cuisine. Dining out is very reasonably priced compared to other European destinations, and with such an excellent selection of local wines and spirits you will be delighted at the low cost of entertaining guests and friends in style. Car hire is economical in Cyprus and a wide range of sports from horse riding and cycling to golf and fishing are attractively priced, so that leisure time can be spent enjoying the things you have always dreamed of doing…

Cyprus Airways is the island’s national carrier and has a route network of thirty-two destinations linking Europe with the Middle East and the Gulf. Cyprus Airways was one of the first airlines to specialize in the conference and incentive travel market. The airline offers as much flexibility as possible to the business traveler with special facilities for groups including pre-allocation of seats and dedicated check-ins.

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The hotel you’ve dreamed of…

Cyprus has long enjoyed a world wide reputation for the high standard offered in hotels. A number belong to large international groups, but many are still family-owned. All offer guests warm Cypriot hospitality. There is a wide range to choose from, some are small and traditionally styled, decorated with local stone and furnishings, whilst others are new and very modern, built to European style with Cypriot flair and attention to detail. All have the unique ability to combine a relaxed friendly atmosphere with business efficiency. Whenever you have time away from the conference table you will want to relax in the sunshine and enjoy a good swim. All hotels have beautiful pools, and if you fancy a dip in the clear waters of the Mediterranean, there are a number of excellent beaches in each of the coastal resorts. Twenty-nine beaches in Cyprus have been awarded the prestigious European Blue Flag award for their high standard of cleanliness and safety.

Although the amenity provided by hotels varies, the high standard of rooms offered to guests does not. Rooms are spacious, well-designed with comfortable furnishings and air-conditioning for added comfort during the summer months, and reception staff will quietly and efficiently meet all your business requirements, leaving you time to enjoy the hotel’s leisure amenities. Cyprus is well known for its delicious cuisine which is an interesting combination of European and Middle Eastern dishes and local specialties. Hotel food and beverage managers will happily design and co-ordinate special menus for your company’s private functions and business dinners to be enjoyed in the luxury of the hotel’s function rooms, and can advise on the wide variety of excellent local wines available.

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Excellent facilities

As a conference and business destination, Cyprus has much to offer all types of organizations and every year hosts over 600 business events, welcoming companies and organizations from all over the world but mainly Europe and the Middle East. Cyprus is the ideal place to meet, talk and exchange ideas in the relaxed and comfortable surroundings of the island’s excellent conference facilities. The International Conference Centre in Lefkosia is the island’s flagship for conferences. It was purpose-built twelve years ago using the latest in design and technology and offers comfortable seating for up to 1,200 delegates. If you are planning something on a smaller scale, there are a wide range of excellent venues that are perfect for seminars, lectures, exhibitions and fashions shows. Staff of your partners in Cyprus will offer information and advice on choosing the one best suited to your company’s requirements.

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Practical help and warm Cypriot hospitality

The warmth and friendliness of the Cypriot people is renowned the world over, and adds a very special and personal touch to everyone’s visit to the island. The Cypriots are naturally hospitable and love to meet people from other countries. It is not unusual for a stranger in one of the villages to be greeted with the word Kopiaste - come and join us. Throughout the planning stages you will be delighted with the friendliness and high level of personal service you will be given by staff at all levels. Communication is easy as many local people speak English, German, French and other European languages. The Cypriots are extremely courteous and will always begin a conversation with the greeting Kalimera - Good Morning, followed by a friendly inquiry to ensure that you are well and that everything is going to plan. Nothing is ever too much bother and everyone will work quietly and efficiently behind the scenes to ensure that your company’s trip to Cyprus is a memorable and successful one. As they bid you a fond farewell, it will be quickly followed with a warm invitation to return soon…

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Let us do all the hard work…

Trying to organize a conference or incentive can be a daunting prospect when there are not enough hours in the day, and the appointment diary is full for months ahead! Specialized staff from our company can help with advice about destinations, hotels and amenities. They can prepare a successful big document and can propose exciting conference and social programs. With their skill and in-depth knowledge they will be able to suggest unusual venues for meetings, and innovative theme ideas for social events. A wide range of literature is available in a number of languages, and video and slide presentations will assure you that have made the right decision. From the moment you make your first telephone call, to the moment you are back behind your desk, you can rest assured that help is at hand to make all aspects of you company’s conference go smoothly - just the way you planned it…

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A year of colorful pageantry: perfect for incentives

The island’s colorful festivals and celebrations can be successfully used as the social highlight for both conferences and incentives. Many of the festivals are closely interwoven with the passing seasons and are rich in both history and tradition. Cypriots love to celebrate, and warmly invite visitors to join in all the fun.

The year begins in the Spring with Carnival, when everyone dresses up and joins in colorful processions through the streets and the parties continue for ten days! Easter is the largest religious festival in the Orthodox calendar.  During Holy Week the priest can be heard calling everyone to church. On the Saturday night everybody gathers in church for the special service that reaches a crescendo at midnight as the priest proclaims Christos Anesti – Christ is risen. Fireworks fill the sky and signal the beginning of three days of celebrations. In May, the Cyprus International Fair in Lefkosia is held. It is one of the largest fairs in the eastern Mediterranean, which reflects the growing economic and trade activity of the island, and attracts 1,000 exhibitors.

Fifty days after Easter is Kataklysmos, a festival unique to Cyprus that commemorates “the great flood”. Celebrations take place in all seaside areas and there is music and dancing until late into the night. Throughout the year, the churches in Cyprus celebrate their own Saint’s Days when the streets are lined with tables overflowing with delicious food and local wine and there are games for everyone to enjoy. These festivals lend themselves to great incentive fun giving the chance to everyone to enjoy the traditional way of life. In June rally enthusiasts from all over the World arrive to watch the thrills and spills of the famous Cyprus World Rally Championship event.

During the summer there are special cultural events including a Shakespearean production at Ancent Kourion and the Aphrodite Festival in Pafos. Major art and music festivals are held in all towns. These major cultural events can be the social highlight for conferences and the perfect theme for incentives. The end of a successful grape harvest is always a good cause for celebration.

The Lemesos Wine Festival is held for ten days every September and is a major event, giving visitors the marvelous opportunity to sample the island’s best wines and enjoy the local folk dancing and music.

Christmas is an increasingly popular time for visitors who revel in the island’s mild winter climate and good sport. On the 6th of January, Epiphany is celebrated with a special service held in all coastal areas. The bishop casts a silver cross into the water and the young boy who successfully retrieves it is assured of good luck for the rest of the year…

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Cyprus - so much to enjoy

Cyprus has so much to offer everyone that visitors usually find themselves in the happy situation of running out of time and planning a return trip, and whenever you visit Cyprus you will be blessed with wonderful weather. Cyprus has one of the healthiest climates in the world, with over three hundred days of sunshine and the warmest sea temperatures in the Mediterranean.

The island’s rich archaeological inheritance includes the fascinating Neolithic settlement at Choirokoitia with its maze of tiny streets and round houses and the magnificent ancient sites of Amathous Kourion and Papfos with marble columns, theatres and beautifully colored mosaics. The churches and monasteries in Cyprus range from tiny stone built chapel on the mountain slopes of Troodos to the grand splendor of Kykko. Nine painted Byzantine chapels in the Troodos area are so rare and beautiful that they, like Pafos, are included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Many who visit Cyprus like to follow in the footsteps of Aphrodite, visiting Petra tou Romiou, the place, where according to legend, the beautiful goddess emerged from the waves. The remains of her beautiful temple and sanctuary at Kouklia still stands on the rocky bluff, and the wild and rugged  Akamas peninsula, where she loved and played, beckons those with the spirit of adventure. The dramatic Avakas gorge is a hidden, beautiful world which contrasts sharply with the wide sandy beaches of the Lara area, famous for its turtle hatchery. If you leave the hustle and bustle of the towns behind, there are numerous pretty villages to discover throughout the island, each with a colorful and unique history and full of old world charm.

The island’s folk art is still very much alive and weavers, painters and potters can still be found in many of the villages. There are wine trips that trace the island's famous industry back to the days of Dionysus, and off the beaten track there is the opportunity to sample traditional style meals made from the vegetables and fruit grown in the Cyprus sunshine. If you are feeling energetic, the beautiful scenery and perfect weather can be enjoyed with a good game of golf, an afternoon’s cycling or a stroll through flower filled meadows.

Cyprus is uniquely situated at the cross roads of major migratory paths and during the spring and autumn are visited by millions of birds, many of them rarely seen in more northern climates. During the springtime the countryside is transformed  by carpets of beautiful flowers, many of them endemic to the island. The clear blue waters of the Mediterranean are never far away and can be enjoyed with a whole wealth of water sports including fishing, water-skiing, par ascending and diving and the numerous isolated sandy bays provide the perfect location for company barbecues and beach games.

Night time brings as many choices, with all types of entertainment to be enjoyed in the hotels. Each town has a wealth of international style restaurants, cultural events and evening entertainment. In complete contrast, the tiny tavernas in the hillside villages offer their own very special kind of evening with traditional style meze and impromptu entertainment from the villagers themselves!

Our company has a wealth of experience in designing great excursions and will carefully tailor them to your group’s requirements. Grape picking, donkey trekking, jeep safaris and treasure hunts across the island can all be great fun, whilst for others, a week of crazy water sports ending in a shipwreck party is far more appealing! All excursions are planned to the last detail, and special events, gifts and surprises all help to give participants an enjoyable time, rewarding them for their past efforts and encouraging them for the future…

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