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Statement Deputy Ministry Tourism: Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook travel agency has been one of the most important and stable partners and suppliers of the Cypriot tourism industry.

Thomas Cook's airline also linked Britain, Germany and Scandinavia to both Larnaca and Paphos, and it has estimated that the number of affected passengers currently in Cyprus is approximately 15,000, after the collapse of the company.

As is well known, the Cyprus Deputy Ministry of Tourism, in cooperation with all private sector agencies, has been working intensively and methodically since for a long time to expand the number of tourists from as many countries as possible, thereby reducing, inter alia, dependency of the country in specific markets and therefore in a small number of travel organisers.

In any case, the Deputy Ministry of Tourism had been preparing for the possibility of Thomas Cook's bankruptcy for days and, prior to the company's final collapse, had laid out a concrete plan to deal with the situation.

All appropriate actions are already underway by the competent authorities (UNHCR, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, Hermes Airports etc.) with a view to the smooth return of passengers in Cyprus and expected to return next time in their countries, as well as of Cypriot nationals abroad.

Specific information on arrangements made for the return of affected passengers is also available on the airports website (

The update will be updated on a regular basis.

The Cypriot hotels, in consultation with the Deputy Ministry of Tourism and with the Hoteliers Association, will ensure that the tourists staying in them continue to be provided with packages.

The moves to be made by the Deputy Ministry of Tourism and other agencies to fill the vacancy of Thomas Cook in terms of purchasing tourist packages to Cyprus will be announced soon.

For the government, and in particular the Deputy Ministry of Tourism, the smooth and orderly stay of tourists who have visited Cyprus with packages provided by Thomas Cook and the repatriation of the trapped passengers of the company in Cyprus is of paramount importance.

Finally, the Deputy Ministry of Tourism wishes to express its gratitude and appreciation for the many years of cooperation that Thomas Cook has had with the Cypriot tourism industry.