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Cyprus Fam - Cobalt Air Direct from Dublin

1st May 2018 - 4:15pm

Our hosts Paul Nolan (APG Ireland/Cobalt Air) and Aileen Eglington (AE Consulting/Cyprus Tourism Organisation).

Our hosts Paul Nolan (APG Ireland/Cobalt Air) and Aileen Eglington (AE Consulting/Cyprus Tourism Organisation).

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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Our hosts Paul Nolan (APG Ireland/Cobalt Air) and Aileen Eglington (AE Consulting/Cyprus Tourism Organisation).
Paul Nolan (APG Ireland/Cobalt Air).
The picturesque Larnaca Salt Lake - a stopover place for migrating flocks of pink flamingos.
A selection of the wines produced in the Dafermou Winery, Lefkara.
Casks of wine maturing in the cellar of Dafermou Winery.
Wine tasting conducted by Alexia Christoudia (Owner Dafermou Winery), Marisa Mackle (Sunday World), Naomi Richardson (Irish Independent), Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz), Eoghan Corry (Travel Extra), Aileen Eglington (AE Consulting/Cyprus Tourism Organisation), Eleanor Goggin (Sunday Independent), Yolanda Zaw (Mail on Sunday) and Patric Baird (Sunday Business Post).
Toula & Michalis Rouvis show their handiwork to Aileen Eglington (AE Consulting /CTO).
An alley way in the picturesque village of Lefkara.
An open-air help yourself free book stall in an alley way in the village of Lefkara.

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