Health, religion top Cyprus’ MICE agenda
OVER 600 top companies and organisations hold conferences in Cyprus every year.
Apart from MICE facilities at hotels across the island, the Cyprus International Conference Centre in the capital Nicosia (Lefkosia), is a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose venue equipped with the latest technological facilities and flexible spaces to host meetings of various size, from large scale conventions of 1,200 delegates to seminars, receptions, exhibitions, banquets, fashion shows and product launches. Facilities available include wireless projection equipment, recording equipment, sound control booths, CCTV, facilities for live TV and radio broadcasting, simultaneous interpretation for 14 languages, satellite TV reception and a projection room. Foyer services include banking and travel facilities, post office, secretarial services, shops, a VIP lounge and a cafeteria.
The Cyprus State Fairs Authority has the know-how that is needed to guarantee the organisation and coordination of successful local and international exhibitions, conferences and other events. It has a Multipurpose Hall Complex situated inside the International Fair Grounds in Lefkosia.
Because of the island’s varied attractions, it is also popular with companies designing incentive packages for their staff. Water sports are an obvious option but Cyprus is also dramatically increasing the number of golf courses.
$18 Billion Industry
Cyprus is to host several conferences over the next year, including events on religious and health tourism.
In collaboration with the World Tourism Organization and the Church of Cyprus, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation is organising the first International Conference on Religious Tourism (ICORET) 2006 in October this year, to tap into an $18 billion industry. More information is available at [email protected].
The second Annual World Health Tourism Congress has been scheduled from March 23 to 27 at the Le Meridien Limassol Spa and Resort in Cyprus. The Congress is sponsored and supported by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation as part of its actions to develop and promote Health Tourism in Cyprus. UAE-based Aura Events hosted the first congress in Wiesbaden from May 27 to May 29, with 150 qualified corporate buyers. The congress selectively targets corporate buyers – and focuses on sales (instead of marketing and branding).