Speech by Mr Andreas Christou – Mayor of Limassol at the Gala dinner on the occasion of the General Assembly of HOTREC (Hotels, restaurants and cafes in Europe), organised by the Cyprus Hotel Association, on Thursday, April 26th, 2012 at 19.45 hours at Fassouri Heavens Gardens
Dear guests, dear friends
I welcome you all in Limassol and greatly appreciate your selection of our city as the place for this Spring General Assembly.
I am sure that you are well aware that our city is the “steam engine” of the Cyprus economy, from where thousands of local and international companies and enterprises undertake their activities.
The Limassol Municipality has supported the presence of this vibrant business community with infrastructure works, including a new port and passenger terminal, a new marina, the regeneration of the total length of the coastal zone and the historical centre of the city, three universities – including the State Technological University of Cyprus, and the licensing of private sector projects like best in class business offices, tourist and residential accommodation, parking spaces, recreational and leisure facilities.
Crucially, the Municipality has led the cultural evolution of Limassol into a major multiethnic multicultural city where about 30% of our population are ex patriate citizens, who became an integral part of local society with considerable contribution in social, cultural and economic development of our city. We believe this is a proof of the city’s multinational outlook and welcoming attitude to European Tourist partners and their clients.
Whilst in Limassol, I encourage you to explore the city and the traditions of Cyprus. Our city has a long history dating 4000 years back. The Limassol region features some of the most well known archeological sites and it is also home to some of the most important wineries of Cyprus, situated either in the town or in nearby villages. I encourage you to therefore use this opportunity, for complimenting your business trip with a taste for Cyprus, through the wide cultural, entertainment and recreational opportunities that Limassol offers.
I wish you the very best and thank you for this invitation.