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DINING OYT WILL COST 10% MORE

DINING UT WILL COST 10% MORE | The cost of eating in Cypriot restaurants is soon to be increased by 10 per cent, under a new law passed by the House of Representatives last night. The money will be paid to the Cyprus Tourism Organisation which will be responsible for licensing all those restaurants concerned, and making certain that the various eating establishments do not over- charge customers. The levy will apply only to the menu price, and there is no question of restaurateurs being a allowed to include it when they add the service charge. The House of Representatives, announced [ that the aim of the Bill was to enable the CTO to maintain overall control of the numerous restaur- ants. The Organisation will talso be able to insist that dall new eating places mhave their architectural plans approved by it ‘|before being allowed to build. Tourism is one of the island’s major currency earners and there has been considerable anxie- ty expressed by CTO offi- cials in recent months about the dangers of prices rising too rapidly due to some restaura- teurs charging whatever they think the market will bear. Wine Given the island’s reputation as one of the the cheapest piaces fora haliday in Europe, visitors do not always realise that the price they pay for a meal is too high. One of the most pop- ular items on the menu subjected to overcharg- ing is the local wine. A bottle costs far below what tourists expect to pay in their own coun- tries, but there have been frequent occasions when customers have found themselves paying six times as much. One area where the CTO levy is not expected to be applied in full is in the Troodos mountains. This is because the Orga- nisation is anxious to en- courage tourists to visit these places and wants to keep the prices as low and attractive as passible. A date for the intro- duction of the new scheme will be an- nounced later. ®