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www.cyprus-mail.com    2011/3/22 12:50:44

Crack down on Paphos touts

ARMED with tougher new penalties and an increased police presence, Paphos tourism officials have declared a massive crackdown on illegal timeshare and other touts who have long pestered tourists.

“I can promise I will fight to clear up our streets,” said Nassos Hadjigeorgiou, the tourist manager of the Paphos regional board of tourism, adding that a concerted effort is underway to clear all illegal touts off the Paphos streets before the start of the summer season in May.

He hopes that tough new penalties of up to six months in prisons and/or a fine of more than 1,500 euros, plus more police officers patrolling the worst-afflicted areas will ensure that 2011 is the year that visitors to Paphos can finally enjoy a stroll along the harbour or a quiet cup of coffee without being hassled by pushy salespeople trying to flog often dodgy holiday ownership properties.

”The law governing this type of instance changed last year and it is now easier for us to bring a case to court,” he said. “Previously it had been too complicated and fines were not big enough.”

A telephone hotline to help tourists will also be launched, and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) will give out leaflets to all hotels and hotel apartment warning tourists to beware of the touts.

Hadjigeorghiou said that fines must be set at a high amount to ensure that the punishment will make a hole in the company’s pockets.

“If we don’t do this, there is no real punishment for these companies as they are getting such high revenue from their customers.”

In the last couple of years aggressive time-share touts even resorted to hassling guests inside top-class hotels along the Paphos seafront in a desperate attempt to drum up new business. With the weather warming up, illegal touts are already out in force in the main tourist areas along the harbour and seafront of Kato Paphos.

“Our aim for the last five years has been to stop these people, but this year we are making a big push to stop it,” Hadjigeorgiou said,

He pointed out that although various types of illegal touting take place in Paphos, the biggest problem comes from individuals trying to sell holiday ownership or timeshare.

“These people now refer to themselves as OPCs - off-site personal contacts - and I must make it clear that we are not against timeshare or holiday ownership as a form of tourism, but we are totally opposed to having these operators on our streets.”

Paphos police spokesman Nicos Tsaapis said officers have already been assigned to the areas most affected by touts, and numbers will be increased from May onwards.

“If a report of illegal timeshare touting or other forms of touting is made to the police, we will attend the scene of the complaint and either issue fines or in some cases prosecute the perpetrator and they will be taken to court,” he said.

Some local businesses - including timeshare and holiday ownership clubs operating in Paphos - made a suggestion last year that some street operators could be licensed. They claimed that this would be a good way of ensuring companies and individuals were operating in the correct manner and also that as they would be wearing identification badges, it would be easy to weed out any inappropriate behaviour.

“We are completely against this way of promoting tourism,” said Hadjigeorgiou. “Giving out licences would not be appropriate as a lot of this accommodation being sold is not even licensed and the consumer needs to be protected.”

The tourist official said there are currently 28,000 licensed tourist beds in Paphos.

“All the others are selling a non licensed product so there is absolutely no guarantee of quality.”

 

 

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裂纹帕福斯下来吹捧

与更严厉的处罚,并增加新的警力武装,帕福斯旅游官员已宣布了大规模打击非法分时度假等吹捧谁早就缠着游客。

“我可以保证,我会争取消除我们的街道,说:”Nassos Hadjigeorgiou,帕福斯的区域旅游船上的游客经理补充说,一个协调一致的努力正在进行清除前关闭所有非法吹捧的街道开始帕福斯夏季五月。

他希望长​​达六个月的监狱和强硬的新刑罚/或超过1500欧元,再加上更多的警察巡逻罚款最坏灾区将确保2011年到帕福斯旅客终于可以享受漫步沿着海港或咖啡而不会被狡猾的尝试鞭笞经常假日所有权属性进取心的销售人员滋扰安静杯。

“法律管这类的实例型转变,去年,现在是我们更容易向法院提起诉讼,”他说。 “以前它一直过于复杂和罚款是不够大。”

一条电话热线,帮助游客也将启动,塞浦路斯旅游组织(首席技术官)将给予传单所有酒店和酒店式公寓警告游客要提防大做文章。

Hadjigeorghiou说,罚款必须在一个较高的金额设定为确保刑罚将在该公司的口袋了一个洞。

“如果我们不这样做,也没有对这些企业真正的惩罚,因为他们是从他们的客户获得这样高的收入。”

在过去几年积极时光共享吹捧甚至采取hassling内沿拼命鼓新的业务帕福斯海滨一流酒店的客人。随着天气变暖,非法师爷是列于沿加藤帕福斯港口和海滨旅游区的主要力量了。

“我们对过去五年的目的是要阻止这些人,但今年我们正在大力推进以阻止它,”Hadjigeorgiou说,

他指出,虽然参与非法兜售帕福斯的地方,最大的问题,从试图出售假日分时度假所有权或个人是不同的类型。

“这些人现在称自己为OPCs的 - 场外个人接触 - 我必须说清楚,我们并不反对分时或作为一个旅游度假的所有权形式,而是我们完全反对我们的街道上有这些操作。 “

警方发言人尼科斯Tsaapis帕福斯说官员已经被分配到最受影响的地区吹捧和数字将会在5月起增加。

“如果一个非法兜售分时或其他形式的兜售报告向警方报案,我们将出席现场投诉的问题,要么在某些情况下,罚款或起诉犯罪者,他们将被带到法庭,”他说。

一些地方的企业 - 包括分时度假俱乐部,度假所有权帕福斯经营 - 去年提出的一项建议,一些运营商可以获发牌的街道。他们声称,这将是确保企业和个人经营方式和正确的,因为他们还穿着识别徽章,这将是很容易的任何不当行为杂草的好办法。

“我们反对这种方式促进旅游业全面,说:”Hadjigeorgiou。 “牌照发放不宜作为一个正在出售这个住宿很多甚至没有授权和消费者需要受到保护。”

旅游官员说,目前有28,000帕福斯持牌旅游床。

“所有的人都是非授权产品销售等也绝对没有质量的保证。”

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