Cyprus Fam - Cobalt Air Direct from Dublin
1st May 2018 - 4:15pm
Cobalt Air and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation combined to host a press trip to Cyprus and Declan Mescall (Features Editor) represented Travelbiz. Cobalt Air operate twice weekly year-round direct flights from Dublin to Larnaca. Ten years ago about 70,000 Irish holidaymakers visited Cyprus annually but the recession caused the secession of direct flights and numbers dropped to about 2,000. Since Cobalt Air began their service two years ago the volume of Irish visitors has increased to about 6,000 and this year is promising to show further substantial growth, especially now that a number of Irish Tour Operators have committed to allocations. With a wonderful climate, fantastic beaches, rich ancient history, a choice of resorts, picturesque traditional villages and unforgettable local experiences, Cyprus seems to have it all.
Cyprus has many picturesque traditional villages where authentic local crafts are produced but unfortunately the skills are dying out as young people are not interested in keeping the traditions alive. We visited the store of lace makers /silversmiths Toula & Michalis Rouvis in the village of Lefkara, famous for its handmade embroidery, lace and silverwork which has been carried out here for centuries. Interestingly they purchase their lace for embroidery from Northern Ireland. The local women who embroider the lace are not paid by the hour as it takes considerable time to make each piece and instead are paid by the item, otherwise the lace products would be too expensive and would not be able to compete with machine made items from Asia.
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