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Contract for marina at Ayia Napa signed

After years of discussions and countless hours of dialogue involving two governments and six ministers, a contract has been agreed and signed for the long-awaited marina project at Ayia Napa.

The Ayia Napa Marina - Source: G. Caramondanis Investments Ltd

NEOCLIS Sylikiotis, Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism, and M.M. Makronisos Marina Ltd have signed a contract for the construction of the long-awaited marina at Ayia Napa.

Although it has been more than 20 years since initial studies were prepared for five marinas in Cyprus, construction work has only started on the one planned for Limassol.

Designed to enrich the Island’s tourist product, the marina at Ayia Napa will provide berthing and other facilities for 600 yachts measuring up to 60 metres. It is expected to cost in the region of €200 million.

Start and completion dates for the project have yet to be announced.

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  • @Disdain – there are legal issues concerning the proposed marina at Paphos, which have been dragging on for more than three years.

  • Disdain says:

    Shouldn’t they finish (or even start) the Paphos one first?

  • Nick Hills says:

    I sincerely hope that this is not another example of PR spin. How many times have ‘world class’ facilities been announced to improve the tourist product and general economic health of the country.

    It is in nobody’s interest to see decay set in.

    For a project to have any credibility it must at least have a timeline attached to it – otherwise anyone can say anything about ‘plans’ with the sure knowledge that nothing is likely to materialise.

  • UBoat says:

    Interesting …. I have just returned from Ayia Thekla very near to the proposed marina development.

    May be now they can justify the cost of the beautifully finished and lit roads and paths that have been the roads to nowhere for the last 2 years??? While the real problems like the completion of the developments all along this part of Ayia Thekla are still ignored for the most part by the council and government, whom do not have the bottle to make the so called developers finish what they started !!!

    To be fair (where they are not) there are only 2 or 3 developers who have completed to their plan in this area out of many who have not. One of the largest in the area has many unfinished and yes, no-one has any title deeds to any of them, or any sign of getting them this side of the next ice age.

    They even ignored a recent letter/email I sent to enquire when I am likely to receive title deeds.

    I was just ignored as expected ……..

    May be I can get a place at the new marina and a berth for my imaginary yacht along with my imaginary title deeds ????

    Living in hope !

    Regards

    UBoat

  • Denton Mackrell says:

    Er…. is this one just as sure as the Larnaca one that has been gathering dust for several years now? The Larnaca port redevelopment ran into the sand over legal disputes and court actions between the three consortia bidding. Now there is not enough money available.

    Perhaps ‘The Island of Love’ should be renamed ‘The Island of Pipe Dreams’.

  • Peter G Davis says:

    Now we just need to find the money to pay for it.

    Then we need to have a reason why people would want to come to Cyprus. Tomb of the Kings Road, Paphos reminds me of the small towns in Tanzania where I grew up. No footpaths, dust everywhere with an oppressive feeling of decay and poverty.

    When we first arrived on the Island prices at the restaurants along this road were reasonable, now we no longer eat out as the feeling of being ripped off takes away the enjoyment.

    There needs to be a whole lot of change or the marina will turn out to be a white elephant.

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