In January 2020, Airbnb was officially licensed to operate in Cyprus, offering tourists an alternative mode of accommodation on the island in addition to hotels and hotel apartments. Airbnb was aimed at more adventurous young people, looking for a more personalized experience of what the island had to offer.
And although hotel companies have expressed concerns about unfair competition, this decision has allowed the Cypriot tourism sector to grow over time, adapting to the needs of a new wave of tourists seeking the Cypriot experience. .
In the latest effort to modernize the tourism infrastructure of Cyprus and move with the times, companies on the island now offer 2 additional types of accommodation – hostels and glamping, something new for our tourism sector but in full spread in other countries.
One of the things the pandemic has highlighted is the need for privacy and social distancing, but especially after lockdowns, the need to be outdoors. As a result, glamping, or glamorous camping, has become a popular way to vacation. Companies that offer glamping vacations offer luxury camps that can offer tourists a way to relax and rejuvenate surrounded by nature.
The glamping trend is becoming more and more popular all over the world. And now is the time for Cyprus to offer it to tourists as well. Soon, a bill should be submitted to the plenary session of Parliament regulating the operation of luxury camps. The bill describes Glamping luxury camps as fenced grounds with facilities located outside of residential areas offering guests a luxurious camping experience with or without food.
The luxury camps have furnished spaces in which different types and sizes of camping equipment are placed, such as themed tents, tree houses or “frame and tent cabins”, which are environmentally friendly and in harmony with nature. Owners will also need a license to operate.
In addition, a number of services will be provided such as free high-speed Wi-Fi which will cover the entire camp area, as well as Jacuzzis. Each camping accommodation will be equipped with beds, linens, indoor and outdoor seating, dining table, closet and hammock. They will also have air conditioning and heating, electricity, hot and cold water, sink and refrigerator. Some may also have an outdoor gym with various fitness equipment that can take the form of an environment-friendly arena. Additionally, there will be those that offer an outdoor BBQ area and food storage. Services also include the operation of a restaurant-grade recreation center with indoor and outdoor customer service, with communal restrooms and ancillary spaces (kitchen, warehouses, staff locker rooms).
Visitors will have the opportunity to do activities such as nature walks, horseback riding, cycling, visits to farms, museums, agricultural product processing workshops, etc.
Before the start of the summer holidays, a draft law on the regulation of the establishment and operation of hostels should be presented to the plenary session of Parliament. This will provide a more economical option for younger visitors. The bill will establish the minimum requirements for hostels to operate as such.
Hostels must be housed in a stand-alone building or part of a building and provide temporary accommodation on a per-bed rental agreement. Technical specifications include reception areas with 24-hour telephone access, lounge area, dining room for meals and other activities with easy access to the communal kitchen. They must also have sofas and chairs for at least 30% of the accommodation capacity, tables, televisions, mobile charging stations and vending machines for food and drinks. In addition, the capacity of the rooms is defined from one to twelve beds while in the rooms there can be separate bathrooms and kitchens.
In the common areas but also in the rooms, there must also be adequate natural or artificial lighting, air conditioning and / or ceiling fans, 24-hour hot water supply, free high-speed Internet access ( Wi-Fi) in common areas and in the rooms, and at least one computer.
[This article was translated from its Greek original]