Summer ending or autumn beginning – you may be wondering as you enter reception at Londa Hotel! There is always a flow of guests checking in for any one of the many events being held in and around Limassol throughout the year. Traditionally, autumn is the start of the important international business conference and exhibition season. So while there’s always likely to be a few late summer cultural holidaymakers drawn to the popular food or wine festivals that are staged right through the summer, we also now welcome the arrival of business executives to the many trade shows and conferences.
As ever, Londa tends to be at the busy beating heart of accommodation for attendees to the broad range of business events taking place between now and the end of the year. Not only the many exhibitions and trade events held in and around Limassol Old Port but right here in our own hotel. Londa conference facilities include the luxury leather seating of the Executive Boardroom and Meeting Room, while corporate events, receptions and dinners of up to 150 guest are staged in the open air pool bar area.
Limassol is located at the apex between east and west of Southern Cyprus as well as at the easterly edge of the Mediterranean. The Old Port of the 1950s became a principle seaport in the mid 1970s, followed by a 17 million euro redevelopment to become the Limassol Marina in 2010, which continues to play its role as a major venue for global trade to this very day.
In September, the Limassol Old Port area and Marina will be playing host to a mix of both cultural and business events with a typically international flavour. Londa Hotel is just a stone’s throw away, 6 kms ( 3.8 miles) from the daily action, so always handy for busy business people, whatever their daily schedules.
Celebration of Chinese culture and Cyprus products and services
From Sep 15th to 17th, the First Cyprus Chinese Cultural Festival will be held at Limassol Old Port Exhibition Hall and Old Port Square. Cyprus received more than 2,000 visitors from China and Hong Kong in the first half of 2017, according to the Cyprus Statistical Service. While not as many as the 129,000 visitors from Russia or the 177,000 from the UK who arrived in July alone, nevertheless, Cyprus continues to grow as a popular, cultural holiday destination for a wide diversity of people from around the globe, including the middle east and Asia.
The Festival, which is free entry, is a celebration of traditional Chinese culture with displays of silk, tea, art, folk objects and Chinese medicine. Showcased will be China’s National Master Chef Li Guang Yuan with a live cooking show plus Music and Dance Performances from the Nanjing Art Troupe. This first outing for the Chinese Festival could be the start of a new annual tradition on the island.
Cyprus is of course alive with presenting events of her own rich culture the whole year around. Following hot on the Mandarin heels of the Chinese Festival is the 4th Exhibition of Cypriot Products and Services ‘Made in Cyprus’, to be held on 22, 23 and 24 of September at Trakasol Cultural Centre, Limassol Marina. Around 10,000 visitors are expected including representation from Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Lebanon, Bahrain and Australia. Usually one of the biggest events in Limassol in September, around 200 local producers and entrepreneurs will be displaying their products and services, including those with a traditional craft flavour.
International cuisine and Luxury car show
The exhibition season is now well into its stride and you could be spoilt for choice! At the same time – the 23rd and 24th September – the 2017 Cyprus International Food Festival will take place on the Molos Promenade, which will showcase over 40 exhibitors with an amazing array of cultural cuisines available in Cyprus from the Mediterranean, Middle East, Europe and the Far East. Over 20 chefs from around the world will demonstrate their culinary skills plus there will be demonstrations on how to make cocktails, and wine tasting from local and international wineries and breweries.
All the hustle and bustle of late summer early autumn is not yet spent. We actually move up a gear with the opening of the Limassol Motor Show and Motion at Limassol Old Port on September 29th. Over the next three days, visitors will be able to test luxury car models, take a peek at brand new models – including the opportunity to drive any model in virtual reality – as well viewing the latest in 4-wheeled and 2-wheeled electric cars.
Suddenly we find ourselves in October. The time has gone as fast as a new generation electric car! What does next month hold for true culture explorers, business visitors to Limassol and guests arriving at Londa? There’s only way to find out – check back here soon to see what’s also been checking in for a full house of events and adventures.