Ieromonachou, Petros and Warren, James
Flows, accommodation and revenue: an analysis of tourism trends in Cyprus.
In: International Conference on Sustainable Tourism: Issues, Debates and Challenges, 21-25 Apr 2010, Crete & Santorini, Greece.
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In the last three decades tourism has contributed greatly to the economy of Cyprus, averaging 20% or higher with respect to the overall GDP. With the worldwide climate of economic recession, many industries including tourism face a less certain future. The possible fluctuations in dynamics and the direct effects on society and economy challenge the idea that the tourism industry is a financially sustainable path to follow. At the same time, the current and predicted trends in tourist activities show that this is also not an environmentally sustainable path. Using published data from the Statistical Service of the Republic of Cyprus (RoC), a set of trends is presented. Since the majority of high energy consumption activities take place during transit and at the destination place, the set includes trends for international travel, as well as local and contextual figures such as the use of rental cars, accommodation, other items of consumption, and overall contribution to GDP from tourism earnings. The paper examines tourism and aviation and calculates CO2 emissions and energy over an annual period for a selected year. The resulting estimates are discussed with respect to tourists' energy consumption and the effect they have on the national energy use. These are issues pertinent for more sustainable and long-term strategic objectives that Cyprus and other comparable tourism destinations may find useful.
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