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There’s more to Cyprus

There’s more to Cyprus

Our World | On 11, Feb 2011

I think sometimes Cyprus gets unfairly pigeon holed into being a package holiday destination.  People see grandma and granddad sitting by the pool moaning at each other, mum and dad running around buying ice cream for the kids, and the teenagers staggering from bar to bar looking for the next free drink!

Granted there are areas that can be like that – where you really would not want to hold a corporate event of any kind.  BUT there are also areas well suited to both conferences and incentives – you just need to know where to look. Cyprus has a mixture of cultural influences, owed to its close proximity to Asia and Africa. There’s the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ depending upon your own interpretation of night life vs deserted golden beaches, so you can either join in or get away from it all!

Limasol and Larnaca have become more sophisticated over the years. Limassol has a number of great five star resorts, ideal for both conferences and incentives.  It also has high end restaurants and bars that don’t feature teenagers swigging Tequila!

As for natural beauty, I defy anyone not to be amazed by the turtles that call the deserted beaches of the Akamas peninsular their home.  Jump in a jeep, get lost amongst the dunes, and stop for lunch in the beautiful fishing village of Lakki. Then as a little treat on the way back stop at a winery for a tasting session that will give you a whole new appreciation for the efforts that go into its production.

Cyprus is a stunning and uniquely different destination. It has a calm and relaxed feeling that could be great for a conference that incorporates a couple of days at leisure. All I ask is that you give the country a chance, dig deep and give it a go – I promise you’ll be surprised (oh… and if you see me buying ice cream for the kids, or placating grandad – you’re in the wrong place!).

Paul Lake