Ayia Napa tells British louts they’re not welcome

Ayia Napa Mayor Yiannis Karousos has written a letter to British media and tour operators saying ‘low-quality’ tourists from the UK such as ‘lads-style’ holidaymakers were undesirable at the popular resort.

The letter was published in the UK’s Telegraph newspaper under the headline ‘Boozy lads no longer welcome in Ayia Napa, mayor warns’ because he wants to make Ayia Napa into “the most cosmopolitan tourist resort of the Mediterranean”.
Karousos said that after discussions with other interested parties it was time to end the “low quality youth” market because it only counted for around 8 per cent of arrivals to the resort and he did not want the other 90 per cent to be put off by loutish behaviour.

Ayia Napa has had a rocky path to tourism success over the years from being popular with Cypriot youth back in the eighties to a noisy and troubled clubbing attraction in the nineties, a lull over the following decade and a resurgence in recent years as a party destination, and all of the headaches that brings in terms of law enforcement and reputation.

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