Αddress by the Mayor of Lemesos, Mr Andreas Christou, at the 2nd Limassol Economic Forum, held on Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 at 9.00 a.m. at Four Seasons Hotel
Ladies and Gentlemen
I, personally and on behalf of the people of Limassol and the Municipal Council, address a warm welcome to all the distinguished guests.
I congratulate IMH company, In Business magazine, the London School of Economics and Political Scinence and the Cyprus LSE Alumni Association, who, by organizing this forum give to us, the opportunity to bring out Cyprus and mainly Limassol, as an important maritime and business center in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The town’s port already offers excellent facilities, which many companies use indeed. All services needed nowadays, are offered at the highest standard, once the works of expanding the breakwaters, upgrading the equipment and building a new passengers hall are completed.
Limassol is the biggest town of Cyprus, considering its surface and its population and it has turned to be the most important port in terms of transiting goods, while it has simultaneously become one of the most important tourism, trade and service center in the area. The Limassol port is actually the most eastern port of the European Union, being favourably located among three continents.
Limassol Municipality and all our fellow citizens, consider the shipping as well as the international service companies a particularly determining factor of the town’ s economy and development. This is why assistance and support are now and will, in the future, be offered in a hospitable and familiar environment.
Limassol is as well reputed for its long lasting tradition in cultural issues. Here, the greatest folk events are held, making our town known to the whole world. These events are the Wine Festival organized in autumn, the Carnival organized in winter and the dance festival named after “The Great Ballets”, which takes place in summer. At the same, Limassol offers to its visitors a wide spectrum of museums and archaeological sites, sport facilities, cultural centers and also their participating in various recreational activities.
I hope that all the guests may have an opportunity to get an idea of our town, which is a unique combination of ancient, Byzantine, Frank, Venetian, Ottoman and contemporary cultural influences.
I once more congratulate the organizers, thank you for your participation and wish you success to the works of the forum.