The hospitality sector in Cyprus is strongly connected with tourism. It constitutes one of the most important part of our economy, in which thousands of our compatriots are employed. This industry touches upon a plethora of legal areas and therefore many organisations have been established in order to maintain its exemplary quality standards.
Both physical and legal entities that specialise in the hospitality industry must seek legal advice for the whole spectrum of their activities in order to protect their proper functioning, as well as their employees’ rights.
It is of pivotal importance to make sure that all necessary licences for the operation of their establishments have been secured. Such licences must be obtained from the Deputy Ministry of Tourism, the local Municipal Authorities, together with any other relevant state authority, something that may vary depending on the business activity pursued.
Legal advice must be also taken before entering any contractual relationships. Such contracts may be executed at any given time, either by clients, travel agents and suppliers and therefore all parties must ensure that every possible precaution is taken. One could find many examples of such contracts, which ended up requiring adjudication as a result of a party’s inability to carry out its contractual obligations.
In addition to the above, issues regarding relevant provisions of employment law may arise. This stems from the abovementioned fact that the hospitality industry is possibly the largest employment sector in Cyprus, and thus the rights of its numerous employees must be secured and protected. Employment contracts that safeguard both parties can be the optimum solution for anyone who aims to avoid any obstacle in the development of his/her business.
Lastly, every reputable company must take every precaution to make sure that no accident will take place in its premises, or, at the very least, take every reasonable step to prevent such incident from ever occurring. Millions of tourists visit our country annually. Consequently, taking every sensibly required precaution, offering a safe workplace and ensuring that the highest standards of hygiene are followed, should be the highest priority for every company that is active in the hospitality sector.
Our law offices handle numerous cases involving this industry, both in court as well as extra-judicially. We handle cases from every aspect of the aforementioned legal areas. Through our experience in various cases, we have developed a high level of expertise, thus attracting many high-profile clients in our clientele, including travel agents and owners of tourist compounds, restaurants, shops and hotels.