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Sport has multiplying effect on tourism Deputy Minister says

Cyprus Deputy Minister for Tourism Costas Koumis has highlighted the multiplying benefits of Sport on the island’s tourist product.

Koumis attended the 1st “Petrolina” international water polo tournament held in Larnaca from 10-12 May.

“This is a sport which is not particularly developed in our country even though it has been considered as an Olympic sport since the beginning of the twentieth century and despite that this discipline is compatible with what Cyprus has to offer as a destination,” he told CNA.

Koumis said that water polo is not developed because Cyprus did not have the necessary infrastructure for these sports, noting that even today the infrastructure presents weaknesses and deficiencies.

"What I would personally take from this," he added, "is that this event highlights once more that multiplying benefits for tourism could emerge from sport. In the specific case tourist inflow is attracted from a country which tourist-wise has never received due attention and I refer to Greece."

Furthermore, Koumis said that Larnaca is being upgraded constantly and during the last years has hosted international sports events, reaping the benefits as a tourist destination.

(Source: CNA)

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