There was a double whammy for Cyprus tourism yesterday with the news that more British tourists will be arriving on our shores while the much awaited super casino is beginning to take shape.
Cyprus plans to issue its first ever licence for a casino resort by the spring of 2015.
Commerce Minister George Lakkotrypis told reporters that a bill regulating casinos will be submitted to parliament later this month and once approved the fast-track licence process will take eight months.
"We estimate that the first licence will be issued in around March or April of 2015," said Lakkotrypis.
Creating a super casino - with smaller branches in other towns - is seen as crucial to help ease record unemployment in the recession-hit economy.
The minister also revealed that the government has signed a major deal with a giant tour operator to bring more Britons to Cyprus.
This deal is expected to boost numbers coming from the island's biggest tourist market by at least 30%.