THE occasion resort of Ayia Napa could by no means be the identical once more as Cypriot authorities have pushed a clean-up marketing campaign following a yr of unhealthy publicity.
The city is well-known for booze-fuelled enjoyable and rowdy vacationer however its occasion days might now be over because of the brand new Authorities’s plan to wash up its act.
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Officers are poised to push forward with plans for what some are calling a ‘good behaviour’ marketing campaign with a crackdown on the consumption of alcohol in public, prohibiting laughing gasoline, broadly offered within the resort, and stepping up policing.
Ayia Napa has lengthy been related to younger Brits, off on their first boozy vacation with friends, with out the watchful eyes of their dad and mom.
It’s popularity as a celebration hot-spot started within the nineties, full of well-known artists and celebs, with boat, foam and pool events taking off – all that would now change into a factor of the previous.
Talking solely to Solar On-line, the island’s tourism minister Savvas Perdios mentioned: “The intention is to draft new legal guidelines that may make Cyprus a quieter vacation spot and ensure individuals are behaving correctly within the streets, with regards to having a drink, going out, respecting their environment and so on.”
The clean-up drive had solely been placed on maintain due to coronavirus, however as soon as in impact consuming any alcohol in public – be it on streets, sidewalks, public squares or lodge swimming swimming pools – will probably be off-limits.
They can even look to push a ban on substances corresponding to laughing gasoline and CCTV will probably be put in in a bid to discourage undesirable behaviour.
It comes because the island hopes to draw a extra unique clientele, constructing marinas and luxurious resorts with hopes that it might change into the brand new Monaco.
After a yr of unhealthy publicity round Ayia Napa’s unravelling solar, sand and intercourse picture, officers have vowed to wash up the city, hit by rising crime and a critical of high-profile rape instances.
Again in July final yr, a 19-year-old Derbyshire pupil made headlines after claiming she had been gang-raped by 12 Israelis in a seedy lodge within the resort.
After a six-month courtroom battle the teenager was handed a suspended sentence for public mischief after Cypriot cops mentioned she had lied in regards to the ordeal and altered her assertion – a declare she strongly denies, claiming she had been coerced by cops.
Simply final week, a 32-year-old man was additionally discovered responsible of seperate assault on one other younger Brit, after providing her a carry residence from her job as a waitress, simply three weeks earlier to the suspected gang rape.
The courtroom heard how he pulled out a bag of hashish as they have been driving and stopped twice to purchase balloons to fill with laughing gasoline.
The person stopped the automobile close to the city of Sotira, the place the younger girl was raped in a darkish and distant location, regardless of her cries as she pleaded with him to take her residence.
The island has additionally seen many tragedies over the yr, a kind of being the loss of life of a younger British footballer again in 2014, who drowned throughout a pool occasion at a lodge.
The lodge proprietor was later jailed after it was discovered that the poolside bar was serving late-night drinks with lifeguard on responsibility on the time.
The streets of Ayia Napa have additionally seen a wave of organised crime within the final 12-months, as gangs targetted drunk vacationers on stag and hen weekends.
BAN ON LAUGHING GAS
Two weeks in the past the tourism minster threw his weight behind the well being ministry efforts to ban laughing gasoline within the vacation sizzling spot, lengthy blamed for outrageous behaviour.
The sale of the substance, recognized to provide a excessive when inhaled, is widespread in Cyprus’ fashionable coastal areas with police arresting these promoting it for leisure use.
The tourism minister mentioned it posed ‘critical dangers to public well being’.
Plans are additionally in place to put in a brand new CCTV system throughout the city to forestall and punish loutish and ‘unlawful behaviour’ too.
Cyprus says it desires Ayia Napa, which additionally attracts older individuals out of season, to change into the brand new Monaco.
To attract the wealthy and well-known it has launched an enormous constructing drive that has included amulti-million-pound marinas and upscale resorts.
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This the second time officers have pushed to place a ban in place, after it mentioned would discourage ‘low-quality youths’ from partying on the island.
It comes because the island hopes to reopen to Brits as early as June, when it hopes to carry journey restrictions following the coronavirus pandemic.
Shut to at least one million Brits flew out to the Mediterranean hotspot final yr with most heading to its coastal resorts.