Restaurant, café and bar owners in Paphos have expressed concern over lack of business in the town, saying less than 10% of their venues remain open.
The chairman of the association representing the owners of restaurants, bars, cafes and similar venues, Phytos Thrasyvoulou, said that even during the often busy Christmas and New Year period, their custom was almost exclusively reduced to only young people and students.
Thrasyvoulou also said that it remained uncertain how many venues would reopen for the summer season because of the thousands of euro required in advance for municipality fees, VAT, electricity bills and other commitments.
He added that twice as many venues had been open this time last year.
Paphos is considered to be amongst the towns worst-hit by the financial crisis with high rates of unemployment. The town also depends heavily on tourism.