Cyprus Tourism Minister Tours Casino Resort Construction Site

Cyprus’ Deputy Minister of Tourism, Savvas Perdios, said that the development of City of Dreams Mediterranean is of particular importance for enhancing the tiny island nation’s tourism product and tackling seasonality.

Mr. Perdios stepped in as head of Cyprus’ newly established Deputy Ministry of Tourism early this year. The agency was tasked with overseeing the Mediterranean republic’s tourism industry and helping the sector implement the right strategies to successfully combat seasonality.

Hong Kong-listed gaming and hospitality giant Melco Resorts & Entertainment commenced construction on its multi-million City of Dreams Mediterranean project this past spring. The property, when finished and operational, will be Cyprus’ and the region’s first integrated casino resort.

Mr. Perdios, accompanied by media representatives, toured the construction site in Limassol on Friday. The tourism official was also briefed on construction progress. City of Dreams Mediterranean is expected to be completed by August 2021 and to open doors by the end of that year.

Cyprus’ Deputy Tourism Minister said that he was impressed by the scale of the project, noting that “on paper everything seems smaller than it actually is.” Mr. Perdios went on that everyone should understand the importance of the mega-scheme for the nation’s economy and tourism.

When it opens doors in one of the busiest parts of the City of Limassol, City of Dreams Mediterranean will include a 16-story, five-star hotel with more than 500 rooms, suites, and villas, around 9,600 square meters of conference and exhibition space, multiple food and beverage facilities, and a 7,500-square-meter casino with more than 100 gaming tables and 1,000 state-of-the-art slot machines, among a number of other facilities.

A temporary casino was launched in Limassol last summer and will remain operational until the opening of the main resort.

Resort Shaping Cyprus’ National Tourism Strategy

During his recent tour at the construction site, Mr. Perdios said that Melco’s choice to invest namely in Cyprus prompted Cyprus’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs to change its approach to the National Tourism Strategy.

He elaborated that City of Dreams Mediterranean and Cyprus as a whole should not only be promoted to visitors from European countries, but also to ones from countries in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf.

Mr. Perdios went on that the start of construction of the integrated resort was “the impetus that helped us integrate these countries into our National Tourism Strategy.”

City of Dreams Mediterranean is expected to help Cyprus tackle seasonality and gradually turn into an all year round tourism hub.

Welcoming their guests from the Deputy Ministry of Tourism, City of Dreams Mediterranean property president Craig Ballantyne thanked the tourism officials and the Cypriot government for their efforts.

Mr. Ballantyne added that their goals were very much intertwined with those of the government of the Mediterranean nation to turn Cyprus into a full-time travel destination and ensure sustainable economic growth.

City of Dreams Mediterranean is expected to generate 4,000 jobs during construction and about 2,400 permanent jobs when operational.

Mr. Ballantyne told tourism officials that “Melco will not sacrifice quality for the sake of timing” and that the resort is being developed to the highest environmental and other standards.

Briefing Mr. Perdios on construction progress, Melco Vice President, Construction Will Cornish said that major foundation work as well as earthwork and infrastructure for the hotel were completed in September 2019.

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