North is renting summer villas. This thesis study

North Cyprus is a small island located in the Mediterranean,
a very popular destination amongst tourists especially the young tourists looking
to spend their summer holiday abroad. North Cyprus has the three “S” qualities
which tourists look for SUN, SEA AND SAND. North Cyprus is known for its rich history,
clean clear blue beaches, unpolluted nature and authentic Turkish culture for
tourist to experience. For many year tourist and travellers where accommodated
at hotels however  over time
especially  with the growth of property
development , tourists have seemed to shift away from the traditional 5 star
hotel holidays to a more independent and individual holiday which is renting
summer villas. This thesis study will be based on examining the growth of villa
tourism in Northern Cyprus and the future of villa tourism in general.

1. A villa in North Cyprus

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1.1. VILLA

Villa tourism is a growing sector in North Cyprus,
nowadays tourists seem to prefer to rent a villa of their own choice and
preference for either a short or long stay. There are many different villa accommodations
to suit a tourist and their potential family’s budget and individual needs and
wants like swimming pool, garden and full furniture. During recent years more
tourists choose to rent their own villas rather than spending their holiday in
a full or half board hotels where a tourist will be required to be on time for
check-in, morning, and lunch and dinner times. When a tourist chooses to rent a
villa, they will have the complete freedom to enjoy where the holidays as they
desire rather than following the rules of a hotel. Over the years villa tourism
has become more popular among tourists, the hot climate in Cyprus is at its
peak during the months of June July and August the time where North Cyprus
attracts all the tourism, also studies have shown us the decrease of tourists
choosing to stay at hotels and has been replaced with villas.





Short stay accommodation is normally the tourists’
preference in North Cyprus rather than a long stay especially during the summer
months which is the peak for tourism and holiday goers. During the summer
months villa rentals are at the very highest and in demand. As a result this
will boost the economy with more tourist coming meaning more money and currency
coming into the island. Most incoming tourists are usually European so it’s no surprise
to declare, they choose Mediterranean island like North Cyprus to spend their
short term summer holidays in the summer season. Tourism is a growing major
industry in North Cyprus. Short stay villa tourism and rentals has great
benefits on the economy, there are many different types of villa rentals such
leisure tourism, family tourism , religion tourism, sports tourism and business
tourism all which involves short stay via rental. (TRNC Fact Book, 2014)







There are several accommodation options for tourists
and travellers to accommodate their short stay depending on their budgets,
while they are holidaying in North Cyprus.


Here in North Cyprus every tourist has a huge variety
of accommodation preferences to choose from. They fall into many categories in size,
style and services. The categories below will show the options available


1. Hotels: Paid accommodations (which vary in stars
normally rated from one star to five stars) that provide lodging services, food,
leisure centres, recreation facilities and entertainment such as shows or
special event concerts to satisfy tourist needs and wants. Mostly used by young
individuals and families


2. Apartments (also known as flats): self-contained accommodation
building containing multiple numbers of units (blocks) tourists choosing
apartments will have the full independence and freedom to enjoy their holidays
as they desire without following the rules and regulations of a hotel. However
tourists will be required to pay for the summer expenses such electricity,
water bills etc. as well the apartment renting price.


3. Villa: A large luxurious detached house with a
large garden, most normally comes accommodated with a swimming pool. Large
bedrooms, luxurious kitchen and en-suite bathroom.


4.Bed and breakfast(B): An independent run
accommodation offered by a inn, hotel or private home consisting of a room for
the night and breakfast the following morning for one inclusive price


5. Boutique type accommodation: Boutique
accommodations are usually located in Kyrenia, Lapta and the Bellapais area. A boutique
hotel is a small hotel with an estimated 10 to 100 rooms normally located in
fashionable urban locations over Cyprus. Boutique hotels gives tourists the opportunity
to taste and experience local traditional Cypriot cultures. Most boutique
hotels in North Cyprus are old historically rich buildings which have been
refurbished and modernized for hospitality.


6. Bungalows: A house that usually has only one
storey, small but comfortable mostly used by the elderly tourist who do not
wish to strain themselves by using stairs. The bungalows in North Cyprus are usually
located in the countryside of Küçük Erenköy, around the Esentepe area and
Karpaz area; all bungalows have mountain and sea views. Tourists will have the
pleasure of enjoying the peaceful surroundings and nature of the sea and
mountains as bungalows are mostly located out of town. Also unique wooden
houses would give them the joy of compactness of those small houses.


7. Traditional village houses: fitted with wooden
furniture, all rooms feature a balcony, air conditioning and kitchens. The
houses have swimming pools which guests can relax, also they are situated in unique
location from which guests or tourists can explore the mountains nearby with
the choice of hiking and to see the old mosques and churches (left from the Greek
Cypriots before 1974)






Seasonal accommodations in North Cyprus whether long
term or short term are available all year round. North Cyprus is the 3rd
largest island of the Mediterranean. The Winter season is usually very short
but cooler and rainy between the months of December to February. During the
spring months of March, April and May, this period can be a very pleasant time
for tourists to visit Northern Cyprus, especially the elderly who would
normally prefer the warm spring weather rather than the peak of the heat during
the summer months. Villa rental is available all year round but is at its peak
during the summer season. Due to the large amount of universities in North
Cyprus students who are obviously here for the long term stay, rent the
majority of the villas to share with their friends, mostly students with
wealthier backgrounds rent the villas. The elderly and young families tend to
rent luxury villas with pools, while the younger generation who come to Cyprus
would prefer to spend their summer holidays in 5 star hotels.





Government and non-government organizations have
visited Northern Cyprus in the past and continue so now in the present for instance
for cultural peace promoting, research organizations, youth organizations which
normally involves both Turkish and Greek youths from North and South Cyprus in
an attempt to put their ethnic background and differences behind them and bond.
Health organizations from abroad to give lectures to students and children on
how be aware of deadly diseases and their prevention. In recent years political
figures, representatives and the politicians themselves have visited North Cyprus
to discuss the well-known Cyprus issue, to accommodate these distinguished
guests tourism operators will arrange villas or five star hotels to be made
available immediately during their short term visit, the same also applies to
business owners from Turkey who make frequent visits to Cyprus in hope of expanding
their business to Cyprus which in turn creates more jobs for the general
public. Most organizations visit for a short period of time and would normally
choose a five star hotel, however now with the rise of villa tourism and its
rentals as well as its rising popularity, organization members coming to North
Cyprus are spoilt for choice. Tourists that visit North Cyprus most of the time
leave satisfied which influences their choice to return to Cyprus the following









North Cyprus has many local entertainment facilities
both near walking distance or far via transportation, for tourist to enjoy
while they visit Cyprus below are the most well-known and popular locations a tourist
or traveller will most likely visit.


Kyrenia (Girne): Often considered the heart of Cyprus
for its natural beauty, historical locations such as the ancient Kyrenia Castle.
Kyrenia is also the heart of nightlife for the young generation and popular
amongst young tourists with plenty to offer such as beach parties yacht tours
and clubs. Beautiful beaches of Kyrenia are another reason for tourist


Famagusta (Gazima?usa): Famagusta also offers
nightlife though not as superior to Kyrenia for young tourists however
Famagusta is a city known for its rich history and natural beaches. Most of the
war was fought in Famagusta, therefore leaving a large amount of historical
leftovers which are now in museums for tourists to observe. Mostly Famagusta is
visited by more senior tourists who have interest in history which Famagusta
always delivers with its ancient city Salamis, many Gothic churches, city
walls, ancient port and dead city Varosha.


Nicosia (Lefkosa): Capital of North Cyprus. Nicosia
may not have seaside or beaches, however with its continuous renovation of the
city and the opening of new shopping centres makes Nicosia a city not to miss
while holidaying in North Cyprus. Post the 1974 war Cyprus has been divided
with a north and south Cyprus with Greek Cypriots living in the south, tourists
who are curious and wonder what the south side of Cyprus may offer can have
access through Nicosia. Also Nicosia always been the centre during ancient
times. Therefore, monuments of the city are worth seeing with their historical
features such as Gothic Cathedral, Venetian city walls and gates and post-war


Tourism makes an important and sizeable contribution
for every nation’s economy which is why it’s such an important industry for
North Cyprus. For many years even since before the 1974 war ,tourism has been
the main contribution to the North Cyprus economy providing jobs, increasing
gdp growth, bringing huge numbers of profit to the island though domestic
spending by tourists. Due to the hot climate in Northern Cyprus tourist mostly
prefer to come during the summer season. With more private investors from Turkey
investing in hotels, entertainment facilities and property development this
greatly contributes to the economic growth of North Cyprus. The sectors which
really reap the rewards from tourists are hotels and villa rental agents, because
the first priority for a tourist will be to book their accommodation which as a
result of bringing in decent profits, secondly local independent stores and restaurants
as tourists will be eager to see what traditional Cypriot stores have to offer
as well trying out traditional Cypriot food, all of this is contribution to
economy as whole. (TRNC Fact Book, 2014)




We must acknowledge that every tourist, visitor or traveller
will not have the same financial background or situation. As a result tourists
who are interested in renting a villa for their short stay holiday will have to
rent within their budget. Fortunately villa estate agents in North Cyprus have
a variety of options for the tourist to choose from  large house including built in pool and
garden (for the wealthier tourist) to significantly smaller but still high
quality villa with only  a few
differences for instance a smaller garden and no pool (for the economically on
budget tourist).


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