Several days ago a friend posted a couple of pictures of the beach. It was deserted.
Now middle of third week in May.
Looking along the beach yesterday, rows of empty sunbeds.
This morning little better.
Boats that sail from the pier twice a day, of three boats only one sailing.
Last May boats only sailing in the morning, not in the afternoon.
This May worse than last May, which was worse than May the year before, which was bad, the year Cyprus faced economic crisis when EU decided to trash the Cypriot economy.
Hotels are sitting empty, staff not paid, one hotel group has gone bust.
All very much as predicted in a report last year, that if the problems were not addressed, the collapse of Cypriot tourist economy would accelerate.
A few years ago, at great expense, a coastal path was constructed along the beach. It has proved to be very successful, but. This time of year, it would be a delight, spring wild flowers. A couple of years ago, the wild flowers were all scraped away with a digger. They have never recovered. Overlooking the beach, a look out point, shaded with sails. Or was. The sails hang in tatters. All winter, but no attempt to repair the sails.
These are but a few examples indicative of why the tourist industry is collapsing.
Each year, more tourists from the bottom end of the market which drive away the quality tourists.
Each year, more fast food takeaways.
Dependency upon any one country makes highly vulnerable to economic situation in that country. It used to be the Brits, of late the Russians.
Valdimir Putin has done an excellent job of destroying the Russian economy. Russian economy collapsed, rouble collapsed, no Russian tourists.
Dependency upon a handful of big tour companies, rather than intelligent use of internet and direct bookings, means on a whim, tourist flow turned off as easily as turning a tap.
All inclusive, means no money finds its way into the local economy.