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ATLAS annual conference 2010
Limassol, Cyprus, November 3 - 5, 2010


Mass tourism vs niche tourism


Due to many requests the Scientific Committee has decided to extend the deadline for abstract submission to June 15st 2010.


Time and place

The conference will take place in the city of Limassol, Cyprus, in the period: 3 - 5 November 2010.

The conference is organised by the Department of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Cyprus University of Technology and ATLAS, and is supported by:

Cyprus Airways Ayios Tychonas Community Board Cyprus Tourism Organisation
Synergatiko Tamieythrio
Limassol Coop Bank
Limassol Tourism Company
  Association of Cuprus Tourism Enterprices  




Conference themes

Tourism and leisure in the 21st Century are being shaped and buffeted by many forces. The industry employs more than 220 million people worldwide and generates more than 9% of global GDP (WTTC, 2010)

Undoubtedly, the tourism industry generates substantial economic benefits to both host countries and tourists' home countries. Especially in developing countries, one of the primary motivations for a region to promote itself as a tourism destination is the expected economic improvement. As with other impacts, this massive economic development brings along both positive and negative consequences.

The impacts of tourism on people and the environment are well documented. Yet the controversies in tourism remain undocumented. One such controversy exists between the proponents and opponents of mass and niche tourism. The 2010 ATLAS conference aims to examine and give answers to two highly controversial and compelling questions:

Mass Tourism: Is it exploitation?
Niche Tourism or mass customisation?

The concept of "niche tourism" has emerged in recent years in counter-point to what is commonly referred to as "mass tourism" (Robinson and Novelli, 2008). Proponents of niche tourism suggest that the term 'mass tourism" is problematic to define with any precision and they claim that the term refers to the production, structure and organisation of tourism akin to an industrial process whereby economies of scale are sought to meet market needs. Poon (1993) defines mass tourism as a large-scale phenomenon, packaging and selling standardised leisure services at fixed prices to a mass clientele. Further to this Fayos-Solà (1996) went as far to suggest that the operational model of mass tourism no longer suffices to achieve competitiveness in tourism enterprises and regions and he proposed that a new paradigm, the New Age of Tourism (NAT), is gathering strength owing to its ability to face to prevailing circumstances.

On the other hand proponents of mass tourism emphasise that not only 'mass tourism: is due to revisit in terms of what the terms implies, but also that by any sensible definition the mass tourism market is growing despite the decline of the traditional mass tour operators market (Swarbrooke, 2007). Proponents of mass tourism is suggest that the term is fundamentally a concept that relates to scale and participation rates. They further claim that "we get ourselves into dangerous water when we start trying to broaden its meaning to certain types of tourist or tourism" suggesting that this has wrongly and unfairly rendered mass tourism as a term laden with negative value judgements.

According to Pons et al. (2009) the study of mass tourism is shaped through a series of paradoxes. Pons and his colleagues (2009) also argued that while the rise of mass tourism has been the subject of much attention, the focus has tended to be on the impact it has upon local peoples, local economies or local environments as well as on economic and managerial issues.

Niche tourism, on the other hand, has emerged in response to the changing tastes of consumers who are travelling more frequently, and are becoming more experienced and more discerning. This has given rise to a number of apparently new forms of tourism which are undertaken by limited numbers of tourists with special interests or hobbies and the finances to back them up (niche tourism is notoriously expensive compared to mass tourism). However, as all forms of tourism grow in popularity, it is sometimes difficult to ascertain at which point niche tourism becomes mass tourism. Cultural tourism in historic cities is a good case in point. It is interesting to debate where we can draw the line between mass and niche tourism and whether we can differentiate between tourist profiles, motivations and behaviours (for example, it is naturally assumed that niche tourists are 'good' and mass tourists are 'bad'). Such simplistic assumptions need to be challenged.

Against this background of contradicting and contrasting views abstracts for presentations are invited on the following (but not only) themes:

  • Historical Foundations of mass and niche tourism
  • Tourism's Changing face: New age Tourism versus Old Tourism
  • New theoretical and empirical insights on mass and niche tourism
  • The time and space of mass and niche tourism
  • Competitiveness in mass and niche tourism markets
  • Alternative models and strategies for tourism development - The mass versus niche tourism controversy
  • Ethical Tourism and corporate Social responsibility: Niche and Mass Tourism Perspectives
  • Challenges in managing and promoting mass/niche tourism destinations
  • New forms of tourism: A mass or niche market phenomenon
  • New technologies and their use in mass and niche market segments
  • Community issues and mass/niche tourism
  • New and alternative approaches and methodologies for the study of niche and mass tourism
  • Mass tourism and safety/security issues



Abstract submission

All abstracts will be subject to double-blind review by members of the scientific committee. Acceptance of a submission will be based on: theoretical and empirical significance; methodological soundness; relevance to the theme of the conference and logical clarity. The official language of the conference is English.

Abstract submission has been extended to the 15st of june 2010.

Abstracts (maximum of 500 words) should indicate background, theoretical/practical implications, methods and/or data sources and indicative findings of the paper. The title should be no more than 12 words. Authors should also indicate which of the themes of the conference their proposed paper relates to (no more than 2). Abstracts not clearly related to the themes of the conference will not be accepted.

Receipt of abstracts will be acknowledged and decisions on acceptance will be provided no later than July 5th 2010.


Publication details

Papers presented at the conference can be submitted to ATLAS with a view to international publication. The organisers are aiming to establish three channels of publication from the event:

    * Special issues of international academic journals (we are already negotiating with editors)
    * An edited book with a major publisher in the field of tourism and leisure studies
    * A series of 3-5 thematic volumes published by ATLAS

Full paper submission: January 5th 2011

By way of an experiment we also have the intention to publish proceedings BEFORE the conference. We would like to receive all the "papers in progress" / "working papers" / "extended abstract", and make a conference proceedings which will be distributed to all participants at the conference. The working papers should have no more then 2000 words.

Working paper submission: September 30th 2010.

For inclusion in all the publications from the conference, papers will be subject to peer review. More information to follow when available.


Important dates

Abstract submission : June 15st, 2010
Notification of acceptance : July 5th, 2010
Extended abstract submission : September 30th, 2010
Conference : November 3 - 5, 2010
Full paper submission : January 5th, 2011


Scientific committee

Head of organizing Committee

  • Antonis Theocharous, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus, (Chair of the Conference)

Local organizing committee

  • Alexis Saveriades, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus, (Co-chair of the conference)
  • Konstantinos Andriotis, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
  • Andreas Savvides, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

International Scientific Committee

  • Yoel Mansfeld, University of Haifa, Israel
  • Arie Reichel, Ben Guron University of the Negev, Israel
  • Paris Tsartas, University of Aegean, Greece
  • Sevil Sonmez, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, United States of America
  • Dimitri Ioannides, Missouri State Univerity, United States of America
  • Melanie Smith, Corvinus University, Hungary
  • John Swarbrooke, Cesar Ritz Colleges, Switzerland
  • Anya Diekmann, Universit? Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
  • John Beech, Coventry University, United Kingdom
  • Marina Novelli, University of Brighton, United Kingdom
  • Clara Petrillo, IRAT - Institute for Service Industry Research, Italia
  • Christos Petreas, Petreas Associates, Greece
  • Aliza Fleischer, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel


Keynote speakers

  • Dr. Jim Butcher, Canterbury Christ Church University, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Stroma Cole, University West of England, United Kingdom
  • Prof. Michael Hall, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Prof. Abraham Pizam, Central Florida University, United States of America
  • Prof. Chris Ryan, The University of Waikato, New Zealand
  • Prof. John Tribe, University of Surrey, United Kingdom


ATLAS meetings

ATLAS general members meeting and the ATLAS board meeting will take place during the conference in Limassol. We will inform all ATLAS members about the exact time and place a later stage.

Information on the SIG meetings will also be available later.


Provisional programme

Please note that timing and content of sessions may be subject to change.

Tuesday, November 2nd
        09:00         Doctoral Colloquium and Poster Session
  19:30   Reception at Amathus Beach Hotel
Wednesday, November 3rd
  08.30-09.30   On-site registration
  09.30-10.00   Opening at Carob Mill Conference Hall (next to Limassol medieval castle)
  10.00-11.30   Plenary:
      Keynote speech 1 (Mass Tourism)
      Keynote speech 2 (Niche Tourism)
  11.30-12.00   Coffee & Tea break
  12.00-12.30   A tour of the old city of Limassol and the Cyprus University of Technology
  12.30-14.00   Lunch
  15.30   Workshop sessions (at Amathus Beach Hotel)
  20:00   Dinner at Amathus Beach Hotel
Thursday, November 4th
  09.00-10.00   Plenary: Keynote speech 3
  10.00-11.00   Workshop sessions
  11.00-11.30   Coffee & Tea break
  11.30-13.00   Workshop sessions
  13.00   Lunch
  14.00   Excursion
      Keynote speech 4 at Kourium Ancient Amphitheatre
  19.45   Conference dinner at Carob Mill Restaurant Foyer
Friday, November 5th
  09.00-10.00   Plenary: Keynote speech 5
  10.00-11.00   Workshop sessions
  11.00-11.30   Coffee & Tea break
  11.30-13.00   Workshop sessions
  13.00   Lunch
  14.00-16.00   Workshop sessions
  16.00-18.00   Conference closing ceremony
      Keynote speech 6
Saturday, November 6th
  09.00-17.00   Optional post-conference excursion



Doctoral Colloquium and Poster Session

Prior to the conference, on the 2nd of November 2010, a Doctoral Colloquium and Poster Session will take place for Doctoral students. You can read about this at the special Doctoral Colloquium and Poster Session website.


Conference setting


Conference settings

Limassol is a lively and cosmopolitan resort located on the south coast of Cyprus. With a population of over 201,257, this makes it the second-largest city in Cyprus, largest city geographically and one of the greatest tourist locations in the Mediterranean.

Located on the coast of the Mediterranean, Limassol blooms with tourism. Renowned for its long cultural tradition, it offers much to foreign visitors Ranging from museums to archaeological sites, tourists will not be bored from what this great little resort has to offer.

Especially during the summer season, many tourists can enjoy the great weather and the sea-side adventures. A night, the fun continues, with an ecstatic nightlife and upbeat atmosphere.

More information at

The Resort of Agios Tychonas

The village resort of Agios Tychonas lies just a few kilometers east of the city of Limassol. A unique beach spreads beneath it with numerous hotels and tourist facilities. Inland, the green valleys and hills add to the magnificent beauty of the landscape.

The rural part of the village with traditional houses, cultivated land, and simple natural habitat blend in quietly, yet successfully, with today’s modern look. The affect is gloriously refreshing, placing Agios Tychonas among the top tourist destinations in Cyprus. The local architecture, with its vineyards and its flower pots, ingeniously incorporate today’s sleek and efficient designs, without destroying the familiar Cypriot tradition that is sought and appreciated by so many.

The gardens, where the flowers of the land blossom around the year and permeate the air, are left to fill the air with their scent, the balconies, the winding alley ways, the taverns and the coffee shops all invite warmth, charm and friendship.

At the other end of the spectrum, the visitor is introduced to the vibrant cosmopolitan seafront where luxurious hotels, restaurants, boutiques, clubs, and tourist shops place Agios Tyhonas on par with Europe's continued growth, development and achievement.

The history of Agios Tychonas is closely connected with the ancient prosperous city of Amathunta, where some of the greatest rulers of Cyprus resided. The village is named after the second bishop of Amathunta, Tychonas, who is believed to be buried in the area.

But, as legend has it, the village was developed by Richard the Lionheart for use as a winery. Rocks from Amathunta were used to build the wine storage facilities.

St. Nicholas Church, located in the old part of the village with its 19th century icons and unique low bell tower painted blue and white, is another skillful stoke in the creation called Agios Tychonas.

The scene is completed by the stone bridge, the valleys and the hills caressing the village as well on the smell of freshly baked bread and the elderly people strolling in the morning sun wearing their traditional garments.

The village has developed dramatically in the past 25 years, but its residents have not cast away their cultural heritage and have not denied or forgotten their history in today's fast paced modern life.

Agios Tyhonas' geographical position stands as a significant starting point where, in less than one hour, it is possible to be in any part of Cyprus. Its marvelous seafront and its close proximity to Limassol, in keeping with its rural traditional character, makes Agios Tyhonas, without doubt, one of the most important tourist destinations in Cyprus.

Friendly climate, modern amenities and warm, heartfelt tradition enthrall the visitor. Agios Tyhonas is a living, growing expression of Cyprus tourism at its very best..

More information at:

 The conference will take place at the conference facilities of Amathus Beach Hotel.

The social programme of the conference will make full use of the city and its facilities as a backdrop for what will hopefully be an interesting and pleasurable experience.


Conference venues

The opening ceremony of the conference will be held at the Evagoras Lanitis Foundation Conference Hall, next to the medieval Castle of Limassol. The newly refurbished building has a capacity of 250 people and provides state of the art audiovisual equipment and facilities. Conference delegates will be commuted to the amphitheatre by a bus service which will be provided free of charge.The Technological University of Cyprus has set as its target to become a leading e-university, something that has determined a huge investment in IT facilities and equipment. Although there are several rooms available at the university premises for the workshops/parallel sessions, it is proposed that the workshops/presentations/parallel sessions to be held at Amathus Beavh Hotel. Amathus Beach Hotel provides the equipment required (overhead projectors, slide projectors, video screens/projectors, power point presentation facilities/beamers).

The rationale behind the above suggestion is that it will be easier for the conference delegates to commute to the conference venue (Amathus Beach Hotel) and at the same time such arrangement it will greatly assist the organising committee in carrying out the administrative tasks of the conference (dinners, excursions, transportation etc).

For the opening ceremony, due to the formality of the event and the guests/officials who will be invited (ministers, directors of various governmental agencies), it is considered as more proper for this event to take place at the Evagoras Lanitis conference Hall.






All lunches and dinners throughout the conference, as well as the half day excursion (and Cyprus traditional theme night) are included in the conference registration package.


Dietary requirements


Dietary requirements

Please let us know of any dietary requirements at least one week before the start of the conference. We will try to satisfy all needs. Conference menus will be provided on the website later.


IT and conferene facilities


IT and Conference Facilities

At the conference venue an IT room will be available with a computer, internet and printing facilities, free of charge for all the conference delegates. The room will be available on a 24 hour basis.


Smoking is strictly prohibited in all enclosed public places including restaurants and night clubs. The conference venue (Amathus Beach Hotel) has designated smoking areas.


It is recommended that participants arrange insurance for medical expenses, loss of personal belongings and accidents occurring during the conference. ATLAS and the Cyprus University of Technology will not be held responsible for any losses, damages or injuries.


Optional study visits

PAPHOS: A World Cultural Heritage Site

Full day excursion

PRICE: €30,00 per person (Lunch will not be included)

Visits to:

  • Petra tou Romiou
  • Paphos Mosaics
  • Paphos Tombs of the Kings
  • Pillar of St. Paul/Chrysopolitissa Complex
  • Paphos Old Harbour "Limanaki" (free time)

The journey will follow the breathtaking coastline of Petra tou Romiou, the legendary birthplace of the goddess of fertility, Aphrodite. A stop here is without any doubt a must. This has been regarded as the gateway to Paphos for centuries!

Paphos founded in 4th century B.C. by the last king of the city kingdom of Palaepaphos thanks to its natural harbour. It soon became the capital of Cyprus during the Hellenistic and Roman periods and is featured on the World Cultural Heritage List of UNESCO since 1980.

We will continue on to visit the impressive necropolis at the so-called Tombs of the Kings with its most interesting architecture evoking and element of mysticism.

We will then be taken to an important early Christian site, as according to the Acts of the Apostle Paul came to Paphos during his 1st Mission. We will see the so-called Pillar of St. Paul and the ruins of two 4th and 6th century basilicas next to the Chrysopolitissa church - a most impressive site unfolding many centuries of history.

Our visit will finish next to its picturesque harbour, where the residences of the Roman capital are located including that of the Roman Proconsu l with their outstanding floor mosaics recounting the stories from Greek Mythology: The House of Dionysos, Aion, Orpheus and the Villa of Theseus.

Some free time will be given to the participants at the picturesque harbour for a stroll and souvenir shopping!

The Green Heart of Cyprus: The Troodos Mountains

Full day excursion

PRICE: €25,00 per person (Lunch will not be included)

Visits to:

  • Kykkos Monastery
  • Platress
  • Omodhos village

A day spent far away from the coast in the green heart of Cyprus where everyone will discover that the island is one full of contrasts!

The excursion will take everyone up to the pine-clad Troodos Mountains through wine country and mountain villages offering them panoramic views out to the north-west coast. It is a most exhilarating experience! Highlight of the day is a visit to Cyprus' most famous and richest monastery Kykkos founded in 12th century, which houses a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary apparently painted by St. Luke. The monastery also produces its own wines and spirits and is in fact a world in itself, being a very significant place of pilgrimage for the Greek Orthodox world.

A downhill drive will follow through a shaded forest area and across a beautiful brook, ending at a trout farm just outside the resort of Platres. The coach will drive through Platres, one of the most famous mountain resorts of the island.

Next visit will be that to Omodhos Village, a traditional wine producing village of Cyprus, at approx 700m high. St. Helen founded a monastery here in 4th century, where she left pieces of the Holy Cross. As you walk through narrow streets of this picturesque village, you will visit this former monastery and old wine press, now a historical monument.

Holly Land (Israel) - Jerusalem and Nazareth & Galilee Excursion

The study visit will include visiting the historic sites and religious shrines of Jerusalem, which includes the Ancient City, the Garden of Gethsemane, The Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Golgotha, the exotic oriental Bazaar and the Walling Wall. A tour is also offered with a panoramic view of the Temple Mount the Dome of the Rock and AI Aksa Mosques. Visitors will then proceed to Mount Zion and its sites: The King David Tomb, Cenacle (the room of the Last Supper), the Church of Dormition of the Virgin.

Visitors will also visit the picturesque hills of Nazareth, where we visit St. Gabriel Church, Mary's Spring, the Basilica of the Annunciation, and the House of Pious Joseph. They will then proceed to Jardenit, the site where the first Christians started baptizing, we continue with a panoramic drive through ancient Tiberias, to Capernaum where we visit the ancient synagogue and the House of St. Peter. Then it is on to Tabgha to visit the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish, and then proceed to the Mount of Beatitudes to visit the Church of the Mount.

Prices and further details are still negotiated with travel agents and information will be posted very soon (please watch this space).

Petra (Jordan)

Jordan is a land of unique beauty and hospitality that is easily accessible from Cyprus with direct flights between Larnaca and Amman.

Petra, known as the "red rose city, half as old as time" is the well deserved reason most people decide to visit Jordan. The descriptions of Strabo, Pliny the Elder, and other writers identify Petra as the capital of the Nabataeans and the centre of their camel caravan trade. Walled in by impressive towering rocks and watered by a round the year stream, Petra not only possessed the advantages of a fortress but controlled the main commercial routes which passed through it to Gaza in the west, to Bosra and Damascus in the north, to Aqaba on the Red Sea, and across the desert to the Persian Gulf.

The most popular tourist entrance from the east of Petra leads steeply down through a dark and narrow mile long gorge (in places only three meters wide) called the Siq (the shaft), a natural geological feature formed from a deep split in the sandstone rocks and serving as a waterway leading into Wadi Mousa. At the end of the narrow gorge stands Petra's most elaborate and famous ruin, Al Khazneh (the Treasury) chiseled directly out of the red colored sandstone cliff. A little farther on from the Treasury, at the foot of the mountain called en-Nejr is a huge theater overlooking the resting places of generations of Nabateans. Almost enclosing Petra on three sides are rose-colored mountain walls, divided into groups by deep fissures, and lined with towers cut from the rock.

Prices and further details are still negotiated with travel agents and information will be posted very soon (please watch this space).


Conference packages

Packages: ATLAS members Non-Members
  • Free transportation to and from Larnaca Airport
  • Conference participation and materials
  • Buffet lunches
  • Tea/coffee breaks
  • Welcome reception Tuesday
  • Dinners Wednesday and Thursday evening
  • Wednesday tour at the old city of Limassol and the Cyprus University of Technology
  • Thursday excursion
€ 350 € 400
Doctoral students
  • Free transportation to and from Larnaca Airport
  • Conference participation and materials
  • Buffet lunches
  • Tea/coffee breaks
  • Welcome reception Tuesday
  • Dinners Wednesday and Thursday evening
  • Wednesday tour at the old city of Limassol and the Cyprus University of Technology
  • Thursday excursion
€ 200 € 250
  • Free transportation to and from Larnaca Airport
  • Welcome reception Tuesday
  • Dinners Wednesday and Thursday evening
  • Wednesday tour at the old city of Limassol and the Cyprus University of Technology
  • Thursday excursion
€ 200 € 200



Cancellation policy

If written cancellation is received on or before September 15th 2010, a refund of all meeting fees will be made, minus an administration fee of € 25.

No refund will be possible after September 15th 2010, but substitute delegates can be nominated.



Conference organisers

The conference will be organised by ATLAS in partnership with the Cyprus University of Technology, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation, Cyprus Airways and the Local Authority of Ayios Tychonas.

Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS)

The Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS) was established in 1991 to develop transnational educational initiatives in tourism and leisure. ATLAS provides a forum to promote staff and student exchange, transnational research and to facilitate curriculum and professional development. It currently has members in more than 75 countries. It is represented at regional and local levels by sections such as ATLAS Europe, ATLAS Asia-Pacific, ATLAS Africa and ATLAS Americas.

ATLAS Europe was founded in 1991 and still attracts the bulk of ATLAS members while other sections are growing rapidly. ATLAS Asia-Pacific, established in 1997 and currently with 76 members, has staged conferences in Indonesia, China and Japan. ATLAS Africa was launched in 1998 and held its inaugural conference in 2000 in Kenya, with subsequent conferences in Tanzania and South Africa. It currently has around 50 members. At the moment initiatives are taken to develop ATLAS Americas. The regional sections of ATLAS have developed their own programme of activities and publications to respond more closely to the specific needs of members located in these regions and those with related research interests.

Membership of ATLAS regional associations and special interest sections of ATLAS is open to all ATLAS members. Members of ATLAS can form Special Interest Groups (SIG's) related to specific education and research topics or for specific geographical areas. SIG's run research programmes and can organise special events and publications related to their area of interest. See for further information on the current SIGs.

ATLAS conference secretariat
Travit - PO Box 3042
6802 DA Arnhem
The Netherlands

Tel: +31-26-4452699
Fax: +31-26-4452932

Cyprus University of Technology

The Cyprus University of Technology (CUT, is a state university, situated in the city of Limassol. Most of its premises consist of neoclassical buildings that underwent severe renovation and restructuring works. The first 360 students commenced their studies on September 3rd 2007 and numbers are expected to gradually rise up to 7000-8000 in the next 10 to 15 years.

The Cyprus University of Technology has, as its strategic target, the design and development of research activities both within the University and in cooperation with other research Institutes in Cyprus and abroad. The research emphasis of CUT is reflected in the substantial funding provided to academics for the establishment of research centers and laboratories. The annual budget for research and development was at a level of 1,6 million Euros for the year 2009. The University, despite its recent beginning (Sept. 2007), has already established its participation in national and European projects (6th and 7th FP).

CUT research and academic staff is involved in various Research activities and Research Programs. These cover both internal and external research funding. Research programs are financed by CUT, the Cyprus Government (Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation), the European Committee (European Research Programs (FP) and other organizations as well. Research activities cover both fundamental and applied research in all academic fields, in the University´s five faculties. Even though CUT initiated its research activity very recently, it has already managed to dispose of a significant number of research projects.



Recommended hotels

The conference has made special agreements with three hotels (5*, 4* and 3* hotels). Special rates have been agreed with these hotels (see below). Conference delegates can also make their own booking arrangements with other accommodation establishments. Useful information can be found on the website of the Cyprus Hotel Association ( and the Association of Cyprus Tourism Enterprises (

You are able to check in from 13:00 on your day of arrival. If you arrive earlier that the aforementioned time, you will be able to leave your luggage at the reception.

You have to check out by 12:00 on your day of departure. If required, you will be able to leave your luggage behind reception and collect it when you return to the hotel for your transfer to the airport.

The conference organisers have secured a number of rooms at each of the recommended hotels, as indicated below.

All bookings are to be made directly with each hotel as well as the payment of the accommodation.

All participants are kindly requested to ensure that when making their hotel booking, they clearly indicate that the reservation is for the "ATLAS Conference".

Amathus Beach hotel (5*) - (Main conference venue hotel)

Amathus Avenue, P.O. Box 50513, 3606 Limassol, Cyprus
T.: +357 2583 2000
F.: +357 2583 2540

Accomodation rates:
Double Room Run of the House on Bed & Breakfast basis : € 60,00 per person per night
Single Room Run of the House on Bed & Breakfast basis : € 110,00 per night

Run the house' means that at least 60% of the rooms booked will be offered with sea view

Surrounded by beautiful landscape tropical gardens the hotel has undertaken a recent renovation.`The reputation of the Amathus Beach Hotel is due as much to the elegance and comfort of its rooms and suites, as to the outstanding personal service, which comes out of maintaining and continuous retraining.

This member of "Leading Hotels of the World", offers 199 well appointed bedrooms including deluxe rooms and studio suites all with a variety of up to date facilities. Non smoking rooms are also available.

For your dining pleasure you can try the large number of on site restaurants with outdoor seating, different menus, including a la carte, theme buffets and table d’hote. Elegant meeting rooms and ballroom exceptionally designed and equipped with the latest cutting-edge technology, offer a variety of meeting options to accommodate any corporate or special event.

Elias Beach Hotel (4*)

Amathus Avenue, P O Box 54300, 3722 Limassol - Cyprus
T.: +357 2563 6000
F.: +357 2563 5300

Accomodation rates:
Double Room Inland View on Bed & Breakfast basistd> : € 40,00 per person per night
Single Room Inland View on Bed & Breakfast basis : € 65,00 per nigh
Double Room Sea View on Bed & Breakfast basis : € 47,00 per person per night
Single Room Sea View on Bed & Breakfast basis : € 72,00 per nigh

The Elias Beach Hotel is a luxurious seafront hotel overlooking a 'Blue Flag' sandy beach in the ancient Amathus area, only a short drive from the entertainment area and city centre of the cosmopolitan town of Lemesos.

The hotel was fully renovated just before it joined the group of Kanika Hotels in 2007, and is known for its generous layout with spacious interiors and sprawling landscaped gardens that stretch right down to the sea.

With a choice of different room types, a full range of indoor and outdoor leisure facilities and mixed entertainment programmes, the Elias Beach ranks as a perfectly conceived, all-round resort that offers something for everyone.

Golden Arches Hotel (3*)

Amathus Avenue, P.O. Box 54104, 3721,Limassol - Cyprus
T.: +357 25 322433
F.: +357 25 325835

Accommodation rates:
Double Room On Bed & Breakfast basis : € 30,00 per person per night
Single Room On Bed & Breakfast basis : € 55,00 per night

The hotel is located in the beautiful ancient area of Amathus, 8 kilometres from the centre of Limassol and 200 metres from the sea.

The hotel offers its guests accommodation and facilities that reflect the warmth of our island and provide the modern comforts of a day. The Golden Arches is also conveniently close to Limassol's tourist area. Shops and boutiques, night clubs, pubs and restaurants provide a wealth of entertainment options for everyone.

A modern 4-storey building, the hotel houses 110 beautifully decorated rooms with private baths and verandahs with sea-side views. Room amenities include central heating and air-conditioning, direct dial telephone, mini-bar on request, hair dryer, satellite TV and radio.




Getting to Cyprus

Many major airlines offer regular flights to Cyprus' two major airports, Larnaca (LCA) and Paphos (PFO):

  • Cyprus Airways runs frequently scheduled services from five major UK airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stanstead, Manchester and Birmingham) as well as other major cities such as Amsterdam, Paris, Zurich, Brussels, Frankfurt, Vienna, Milan, Rome, Athens, Moscow and Dubai. Please note that Cyprus Airways, as one of the major sponsors of the event offer a 15% discount on all published applicable fares forn the particupants of the conference. The reservation/issuance and payments of tickets must be made directly with Cyprus Airways Offices by presenting the Registration Receipt of the participation to the conference. The delegates may visit Cyprus Airways web site to obtain the contact addresses and telephone numbers of the respective Cyprus Airways offices.
  • Eurocypria offers charter flights to both Larnaca and Paphos from all major German airports; Graz, Vienna and Salzburg in Austria and St Petersberg in Russia.
  • For transfers to Cyprus from Athens, Aegean Airways, Cyprus Airways and Olympic Air offer several flights a day from Athens International Airport to Larnaca.
  • From the UK, British Airways operates regular flights from London Heathrow and Gatwick to Larnaca and Monarch offers scheduled flights to Larnaca from London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh.
  • From the Netherlands, KLM operates a daily service to Larnaca from Amsterdam from the beginning of May 2009.
  • From France, regular flights to Larnaca are available from Lyon, Nice, Paris and Toulouse.
  • Emirates also run frequent flights from Dubai to Larnaca.

Delegates travelling from outside of Europe should be able to fly to any major European airport for connecting flights to Cyprus.

Below is a list of airlines that fly to Cyprus. Please note that these airlines and routes are correct as of December 2009 but may be subject to change. Please check with the airlines.



Transfer Services and Transport in Cyprus

Transfer services will be available to the delegates at no extra charge between Larnaca Airport and the hotels on Tuesday and Wednesday (November 2nd and 3rd), Saturday and Sunday (November 6th and 7th). Number of transfers will depend on the number of delegates arriving/leaving on this day. Please mention your flight schedule on the registration form.

Transfer services will also be available to the delegates between the hotels and the conference venue.

If you choose to hire a car upon arrival, please note that there is ample free parking at the conference hotels.

Conference delegates that would like to make their own transfer arrangements will find the following information very useful:

  • Taxis

    Taxis run 24 hours between all the main towns on the island. Fares are regulated by the government and all taxis have meters. Taxi fares are regulated by law.

    • Tariff I: daytime tariff is valid 06:01 to 20:30
    • Tariff II: night tariff is valid 20:31 to 06:00
    • Luggage costs extra
    • Delaying a taxi costs extra
    • There is a supplement payable on certain public holidays

    The Cyprus University of Technology cooperates with a taxi company who agreed to offer the same prices that is offering to the University to the Conference Participants. These are as follows:

    Transportation from Larnaca Airport to Limassol

    Day time : 51 Euro
    Night time : 57 Euro

    Transportation from Paphos Airport to Limassol

    Day time : 55 Euro
    Night time : 60 Euro

    There is no extra charge for luggage

    Please see the taxi request form at the end of this document. You may fill the form and send it directly to Mrs Leda Prastites (Taxi Service):
    Telephone (Mobile): 00 357 99 615 701

  • Airport Shuttle Bus

    At only €8 per person, (including VAT and luggage), the Limassol Urban Bus Company will transport you from Limassol to Larnaca airport and back with shuttle bus at times - including weekends & holidays - suitable for all...luggage travels free of charge. Please visit the website of the company or download the time table at

    Frequent routes in comfortable, fully air-conditioned coaches with extra space for baggage, take you safely, and without stress, to your destination.

    Pick up and drop-off point can be found at Christofi Ergatoudi Street in front of the Agios Georgios Havouzas church. Drop-off is at the airport in a specifically designated area.



Useful information

More useful information can be found here.



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