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Cyprus: Perfect Holiday or Perfect Hell?

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Cyprus: Perfect Holiday or Perfect Hell? In short the answer to this question soley depends on who you are. If you are a young English clubber, then Cyprus is at present the place to be. It costs practically nothing to go on a package holiday to Cyprus. Agia Nappa is one of the most famous clubbing areas in Europe at the moment, and is full of youngsters who have gone over for practically nothing to get very drunk every night and go clubbing. These people barely know where they are, and do not appreciate the country for what it really is. It has beautiful landscapes and is great for walks and camping. The mountainous areas of Troodos and Platres are ideal for a holiday in the summer. There are great nature paths taking you through the forests or the mountains. For 'good' tourists, the country is perfect for sight seeing as there are many ancient sites such as the Kourion and the ancient shrine of Athene in Paphos. The somber truth about this country is that it is at the mercy of the many tourists visiting it each year, and as a result of this many traditions have been forgotten. ...read more.


However, the North of Cyprus is now illegally occupied by Turkey, and after the invasion Cyprus had to find something else from which to earn money. This is where tourism comes in. There were already a number of tourists entering the country each year before the invasion, and the government decided that there main source of income would have to be tourism whether they liked it or not. Cyprus is the only country in Europe that is occupied by a foreign country. Yet most of the tourists visiting the country each year do not know this and have a nice holiday, completely oblivious to the fact that they are near the Green Line which separates the occupied from the free. It should be noted that the Cypriots themselves make Cyprus look like one big party, and do not apppear eager to inform any visitors that nearly half of their island is occupied and in a way seem to ignore this fact as much as the tourists. National pride is not as strong in Cyprus as it used to be and most Cypriots seem to have given up. ...read more.


Due to the currently booming economy, health and education has greatly improved from what it was. There is however a problem with tourism as after a while, people get bored and find a different place that will be 'flavour of the month'. Cyprus is it at the moment, but what will happen when the number of tourists entering the country each year starts to go down? The Cypriot government has decided to ignore this little problem and is allowing a lot of the agricultural areas to be torn down in order to make way for more tourist attractions. The government is also short sighted in another way in that most tourists go to Cyprus on package tours and spend very little additional money once on the island. This sort of 'bad' tourism discourages 'good' tourists who can afford to go to Cyprus and spend money, as the island's beauty will have been destroyed. Therefore the tourists who could afford to spend a substantial amount of money on the island, are discouraged by the 'bad' tourism. Cyprus currently has hardly anything to fall back on in case of a future fall in the amount of tourists entering the country, and when that happens, the Cypriot economy could crash and burn very quickly. ...read more.

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