NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2012

Dear Friends,

This month of February is a traditionally busy time in Limassol with lots of exciting events. We have just completed our ten crazy days of carnival with parades, parties, dances, fancy dress and interesting spectacles flowing through the town on a daily basis. This is definitely a time not to be missed for those guests who would like to see local fun traditions and enjoy a greener, milder climate of our beautiful island. Green Monday, the traditional day of the beginning of the fifty day fasting period before Greek Easter, this year was on the 27th of February, and our guests enjoyed a rich buffet lunch of traditional 'Green' or 'Vegan' cuisine along with seafood temptations. To learn more about next year's festivities, do feel free to contact us for any information we can assist with.

Our own annual Sailor's Rest Carnival Party, that is held on the first Saturday of the Carnival period, was great fun. All the guests, whether foreign or local were dressed up to the max and the DJ kept the dancing going until the early hours of the morning. Some fabulous prizes were given out to the best dressed and the atmosphere was great. The main photo above gives a little glimpse into what you may have missed :)

As some of you know, the Limassol Marathon is coming up on Sunday, 18th March 2012. We have once again put together a St Raphael Resort team of keen staff and friends who will be all participating together in the 5km corporate race. Apart from this being a fun day out full of healthy exercise, we are also aiming to support our hotel's chosen charity, the United Nations World Food Programme. We kindly ask all our friends, guests and colleagues to support us in this effort by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/St-Raphael-Resort-Limassol-Cyprus-Limassol-Marathon-March-2012 and donating whatever you can to this fantastic charity which is trying to fight hunger all over the world.

Despite the latest cold spell that has hit Europe, no one has felt this more than our Sales and Marketing Manger who braved the freezing weather to visit some fascinating new areas in the Russian Federation that are starting charter flights to Cyprus from this summer season. Mr Prodromos Chamboulides took part in events promoting Cyprus and our hotel from the 5th - 17th of February that included Ufa, Samara, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Perm, Cheryabinsk and Tyumen. He was delighted to make many new friends and colleagues and we look forward to welcoming many new guests from these regions.

As both the Catholic and Orthodox Easters are fast approaching, we would like to remind you all of some wonderful packages we have for both events and can be seen on our website. Easter is a lovely time of year in Cyprus and the island is sure to be beautiful this spring after the unusal rain fall we have experienced this winter. If you would like any further information about our local festivities, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Along the note of local festivities, we are proud to announce that we have a new Cyprus Night with a new group performing the traditional folkloric show every Friday evening. This is part of our All-Inclusive and Half Board packages, but for outside guests wishing to join in the experience, the cost is just €26 per person for the rich buffet of local delicacies and the show.

Among the many renovations and upgrades we have planned for the season, we have just introduced a brand new Business Center which is situated at the edge of the lobby close to the Executive Wing. We are sure that this new area will make it easier for guests to keep in touch with home and enjoy more modern facilities.

As for forthcoming exhibitions, we will be attending the National Wedding Show in Birmingham's NEC, 16th - 18th of March, and also MITT in Moscow, 21st - 23rd of March, so for any of you in those areas, we look forward to seeing you then.

Wishing you all a happy start to the beautiful Spring Season.

Our best regards,

Best Regards,
Farah Shammas
Business Development Director

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EVENTS / NEWS
2 Weeks in Russia

Our Sales and Marketing Manager spent two busy weeks visiting regions in Russia on a trip to meet new friends and business associates.

PHW Workshop in Amsterdam

Richard Bedenham, our Internet Sales Executive, was in Amsterdam to promote the hotel on the 15th and 16th of February.

National Teams at St Raphael

The Sibir Football Team enjoyed a two week period of training in the nearby football fields while staying at our hotel. We were also happy to welcome the National Team of Shooters from Russia during this month.

Destinations London

Our UK based PR Representative attended this exhibition in London from the 3rd - 5th of February.

Good Bye to Andrea

The staff of Serenity Spa had an evening out on the 28th of February to say good bye and wish the spa's cleaner, Andrea, all the best as she is leaving the hotel to spend more time with her family.

Amathus Avenue,
P.O. Box 51064,
3594 Limassol,
Cyprus
Tel: +357 25 834 200
Fax: +357 25 636 394
E-mail: reservations@raphael.com.cy
Website: www.raphael.com.cy

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