The Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) is offering four, new, highly attractive financial incentives for conferences and business-related activities held on the island – or those involved in bringing business events to the island.
The new schemes will replace the existing ones, and are designed to reward funding to candidates, events and actions that fulfil the specific eligibility criteria for each.
As an overview, the four schemes are:
1. Incentive Scheme for the Organisation of Conferences / Meetings and Incentive Trips to Cyprus
Directed at non-governmental, non-profit organisations / associations and higher and tertiary academic bodies and institutions (for conferences and meetings), and licensed tourism and travel offices and companies from abroad (for corporate conferences and incentive trips). Participants from abroad should be at least 60%.
2. Incentive Scheme to Support Conference Bidding and Sales Calls / Business Meal Meetings for the Attraction of Conference and Incentive Tourism to Cyprus
Sales calls: Directed at local, licensed tourism and travel offices, and tourist accommodation establishments that will travel abroad to meet decision-makers of businesses / companies regarding the organisation of conferences and incentive trips to the island.
Bidding for the Hosting of Conferences: Directed at local, non-profit organisations / associations, and educational / academic institutions that will travel abroad in order to bid for the hosting of conferences / meetings of non-profit regional, European or international organisations / associations, or educational /academic institutions on the island.
3. Incentive Scheme for Supporting Prospective Conference and Incentive Trip Customers Towards the Execution of Inspection Visits
Directed at local, licensed travel and tourism offices for the targeted promotion of conference and incentive tourism in Cyprus to prospective conference tourism customers through: the provision of hospitality; the inspection of conference infrastructure; the inspection of the destination in general, and meeting Cypriot professionals within this field.
4. Incentive Scheme Towards the Organisation of Familiarisation Trips to Cyprus for Meeting and Incentive Travel
Directed at local, licensed tourism and travel offices and licensed tourism and travel offices from abroad that organise educational / familiarisation trips on the island, highlighting Cyprus as an attractive and competitive destination for the organisation of conferences, meetings and incentive trips.
The incentive schemes and the specific criteria for each are available in full detail on: http://www.visitcyprus.com/index.php/en/discovercyprus/ccb