THE new government will do its “utmost” to maximise the visitor potential of Lefke – “a town combining both mountains and sea” – and its surrounding area, Tourism and Environment Minister Ünal Üstel told visitors to the 10th Lefke Walnut Festival.
Speaking during the opening of the two-day festival last Wednesday, Mr Üstel pledged that his ministry would continue efforts to “ensure that the town receives a good slice of the country's tourism pie" and announced a new initiative aimed at encouraging more visitors to stay in Lefke – a member of the international Cittaslow “slow cities” movement – and explore the area.
"We will be having meetings with stakeholders such as the local authority and private businesses to progress the project and to make Lefke an even more attractive destination for tourists," he said.
Mr Üstel also announced that an on-going project to create a town museum was now nearing completion and that it was expected to open "very soon", while Lefke Mayor Aziz Kaya said municipal plans included renovating old trains used by the defunct CMC mining company and converting them into a tourist attraction.
In his speech, Lefke Tourism Association chairman Hasan Karlıtaş said the district had started to focus on tourism, education and agriculture as key industries following the town's membership of the International Cittaslow Network.
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