Mitos application is a dynamic free e-tourist guide developed by “Heraclitus” Research Center of the Cyprus University of Technology.

MITOS includes Cycling and walking routes, wetlands and bird-watching spots, accessible shipwrecks and diving spots are highlighted and combined with the multiple relaxation and entertainment options offered by the island.

Historical sights, wine routes, wineries and traditional products workshops are intertwined with oral history and connect the past with a creative present.

Face to Face: Meet an Ancient Cypriot

Face to Face: Meet an Ancient Cypriot (Acronym: FF:MAC) is a program funded by The Research and Promotion Foundation and focuses on promoting the life of Ancient Cypriots. 

RPF proposal number: INTEGRATED/0609/29

Pillar: I. Smart Growth

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Cyprus University of Technology

Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) is a new, modern and innovative university aiming to
become one the major means to address nowadays Science and Technology challenges, in an effort to
overcome society’s problems. With high-level scientific staff and conducting applied research in high-tech
sectors, CUT has already secured over €50,000,000 through 200 competing research programs.
Additionally, its academics were actively participated in the study and writing of the National Strategy of
Smart Specialization, whereas the same time it maintains strong entrepreneurial relationships with the
industry through its cooperation with more than 690 businesses and/or organizations. CUT has already
established its participation to a significant number of research projects under HORIZON, Research
Promotion Foundation, Interreg, Archimed etc. In addition, CUT is currently playing a leading role for the
implementation of a project funded by the structural funds of the European Union for the establishment of
industry-liaison offices for the promotion of synergies between the industry and academia through transfer of
knowledge and innovation.

The Cyprus Institute

The Cyprus Institute (CyI; HO) is a new non-profit research and educational institution with a strong
scientific and technological orientation (see: www.cyi.ac.cy). It is an issue-oriented institution, emphasizing
international collaborations and cross-disciplinary research and education. The CyI research centres address
challenging problems that are important at both regional and international level. The research centres are
developed in partnership with leading institutions in the respective thematic areas: The Energy,
Environment and Water Research Centre (EEWRC) in partnership with MIT, the Science and
Technology in Archaeology Research Center (STARC) with the Centre de Recherche et de Restauration
des Musées de France (C2RMFLouvre) and the Computation-based Science and Technology Research
Centre (CaSToRC) with the University of Illinois. Each Centre and its Director is guided by an international
Scientific Advisory Committee. CyI is growing rapidly and has already demonstrated its ability to attract
scientists of international repute, of Cypriot, European and international origin. CyI provides an excellent
research environment, an attractive institutional setting for new or expert researchers, and a rigorous quality
control mechanism through its international partners and scientific advisory boards. CyI and STARC have
been awarded substantial EU funding, including an FP7 infrastructure project (STACHEM;
http://starc.cyi.ac.cy/Stachem), and substantial RPF funding, including for a mobile laboratory (STAR-Lab),
providing an ideal infrastructural setting for the implementation of this project. The Cyprus Institute has a
mature project management structure, with dedicated and highly experienced project manager personnel
employed by each of its research centres. These project managers work in close collaboration with the CyI
OSPR office (Office of Sponsored Research). The Cyprus Institute has state-of-the-art laboratories in many
different domains of scientific research, including its Chemistry Laboratories, Bioarchaeology Laboratories,
3D and Visualisation Laboratories, as well as the mobile archaeological laboratory STARlab. These facilities
provide the ideal setting for the implementation of the project.

Association of Cyprus Travel Agents

The Association of Cyprus Travel Agents (ACTA) is par excellence the NGO agency involved in
tourism and travel affairs. It was founded in 1954 (registered in 1975) and since then it has been recognized
as the organization which laid the foundation of Cyprus Tourism. ACTA is monitoring all developments, local
and worldwide, concerning questions of tourism and travel and is in a position to exercise responsible policy
regarding the rational promotion of such issues. A formal recognition and confirmation of the responsible
behaviour of ACTA and of its important role is the fact that it has been approved by law as the issuing
Authority for Cypriot Tour Operators. The Association’s prime aims are to protect, promote and develop the
general interests of Travel Agents and of tourism and travel and to ensure that membership of the
Association shall be recognized as a guarantee of integrity, competence and a high standard of service.

Association of Cyprus Tourist Enterprises (STEK)

The Association of Cyprus Tourist Enterprises (STEK) was founded in June 1997 by a group of
tourism entrepreneurs who share the common view that the development of quality and sustainable tourism
is a one-way road for Cyprus Tourism. Hence, STEK is composed of a group of prominent top quality hotels
and tourist enterprises all over Cyprus. The credo of STEK and its raison d'etre is the strong need for
planning, development and management of a quality tourism product in Cyprus. Our mission is to play a constructive role vis-a-vis the government and the private sector, so as to enhance the image, quality and efficiency of the hotel and tourism industry in Cyprus. This is the reason why STEK is an active and
prominent tourism industry stakeholder. Through substantiated standpoints, systematic research and in depth
studies, STEK has been a driving force for the necessary quality improvement and upgrading of Cyprus tourism product.

Limassol Development Agency

Limassol Development Agency. Limassol Development Company Ltd, with the business name
ANELEM Ltd, was founded on October 21, 2005, from 11 communities of the Kouris-Xylouriko cluster with
the occasion of the design and implementation of the Community Initiative LEADER, at the local level. Since
then, through constant capital increases the company systematically expanded the partnership to include as
many as possible stakeholders of Limassol. The purpose of ANELEM Ltd is the development of the wider
area of Limassol through its contribution to the development, deployment, management, maintenance and
protection of natural and cultural resources, the introduction of innovation and entrepreneurship in the
productive system, the introduction and expansion of the use of renewable energy sources and the support
and improvement of new collective structures and social development.

Vlassides Winery

Driven by his love and passion for wine, Sophocles Vlassides realized his lifelong dream by
establishing Vlassides Winery in 1998. Sophocles' interest in wines led him to study Oenology at the
University of California Davis (UC Davis), a world-renowned institution for research and teaching in the fields
of Viticulture and Oenology. Sophocles also holds a Chemical Engineering degree from Imperial College
London. Vlassides Winery currently produces over 120 000 bottles annually mostly from the grape varieties
Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Xynisteri. Over the past few years, we have been
experimenting with some indigenous Cypriot varieties like Maratheftiko, Yiannoudi (red), Promara and
Morokanella (white) and thus new wines may soon be announced. The quality of Vlassides Winery has
always been based on a commitment to select the finest fruits. Our vineyards are located in the picturesque
region of Kilani village, just south of Troodos. The altitude of the vineyards ranges from 700m to 1100m
above sea level, and the soil is mainly calcareous. In addition to our estate vineyards, we source grapes from
selected number of independent vineyards within the region which we closely supervise to ensure the grapes
meet our quality standards. In 2012 we moved to our new winery, which is situated between Kilani village
and Vouni village, in a 50 acres vineyard, called Koloni. Our commitment to quality has been recognized in a
range of wine competitions. The most notable are the Grand Gold Medal of the Thessaloniki Wine
Competition 2004 for Cabernet Sauvignon 2000; the Gold Medal for Shiraz 2003 (12 months oaked) at the
Brussels Wine Competition 2006; and the Grand Gold Medal for Shiraz 2006 at the Third Cyprus Wine
Competition in 2008.

My View by Roddy Damalis

Over the decades of my career as a restaurateur, there has been a common and consistent phenomenon; both my clients and I have felt a certain comfort and warm familiarity that resulted in clients and proprietors becoming friends. Clients became guests and proprietors became hosts. The result of this experience has led people to say, “let’s go to Roddy tonight”, as opposed to the restaurant’s name, as though they were popping into my home to say hi, and I have always LOVED that! This incredible experience has given me precious lifelong relationships that I cherish enormously.

The privilege that has been bestowed upon me is that I have been witness to people's most precious and intimate special occasions. Marriage proposals (hiding rings in pavlovas!), weddings, birthdays, product launches, bachelor parties, anniversaries, team building cookery workshops, and many more. At Ta Piatakia restaurant I even had a couple who celebrated their anniversary every year at the same table of their proposal for 12 years. I probably have material for an entire book with the stories I could tell!

Nikos Ioannou Jewellery by Halotox Ltd

Nikos Ioannou is a widely-known company with a longstanding
tradition in the field of jewellery making and selling. The company was founded in 1961 and has
since grown considerably, with shops in Nicosia and Limassol, other business ventures as well as a
substantial qualitative contribution to the island's jewellery making industry. Mr. Nikos Ioannou developed the
company while holding a personal interest and love for the Cypriot art culture which lead to a large collection
of old Cypriot Jewellery, artefacts and antiques in his private gallery. In 1992, through his personal efforts Mr.
Ioannou formed “Cyprus Jewellers Museum”. Along with his own collection he managed to gather through
donations, several additional pieces of jewellery and jewellery-making equipment, used since the beginning
of the 18th century. These are exhibited at the “Cyprus Jewellers Museum” of which Mr Ioannou is the
founder and chairman. In 1995 Mr Nikos Ioannou was joined by his eldest son Mr. Yiannos Ioannou, a
graduate of the St Martins School of Art in London. Mr Yiannos Ioannnou has won several awards at
international jewellery- making competitions, which is what has rightfully branded the company “The
Designers of Jewels”. He has continued the company's tradition while upgrading and modernising services
provided. Today he is the creative director and leading force of the company. Nikos Ioannou company, is
now selling jewellery as well as luxury watches and maintains the same principles of attention to detail,
customer satisfaction and high quality products, that have contributed to its success all through the years.

SE Studio Ceramics Workshops

SE Studio Ceramics Workshops was established in 1991 by Efthymios and Ingela Symeou in
Larnaca. The workshop-gallery is situated in the old part of Larnaca. Through our close cooperation with
Cypriot museums, we specialise in producing replicas of the prehistoric and ancient world of Cyprus as well
as medieval glazed pottery using the scraffito technique of the byzantine tradition for modelling collectors’
items. We run regular pottery classes, and have participated in documentary programmes, including the
Leventis Foundation sponsored documentary programme about Cyprus Medieval Glazed Pottery.

Top Kinisis Travel Public Ltd

Top Kinisis Travel Public Ltd is a leading tourism organization operating in Cyprus and
internationally. The organization offers a wide range of tourism services which can be purchased either
directly from its offices or online through its portal www.taxidiamprosta.com. The services offered include;
hotel accommodation, (meet, assist, and transportation service at airports, ports, and hotels), car rentals,
sightseeing, excursions, and wedding and honeymoon packages, and shore excursions services. The
company also undertakes bookings for theatre shows and other social events, handles registration for
conferences, seminars, and exhibitions, prepares cruise packages, issues air tickets, and plans and
organizes journeys for organizations, associations, and corporations. In addition, it operates charter flights,
arranges VIP travel, organizes conferences, sports and events management services.

Kika Ioannidou

G. Ph. Ioannides Ltd. The company's founder, George Ioannides, started the business back in the
1940s when he moved to Famagusta. The main line of the business was trading of fabric for the local
clothing industry which was gradually developing. By 1974 the company became one of the main suppliers
for the fashion market. Following the events of 1974 the company relocated to Larnaca and from that base
has been supplying the whole of the island with an enhanced product range which included apart from
fabrics for the clothing industry, upholstery fabrics and linen for household items. The company's vision is to
offer unique creative solutions at competitive pricing both to the fashion industry but also to the household
segment. It places a lot of importance in offering unique fabric designs by embracing creativity in all the
aspects of the value chain. In line with this policy it is being involved in projects which require novel
approaches and designs. The company's Chief Creative Officer, Ms K. Ioannidou, a designer by profession,
is spearheading these efforts. Within this context the company is participating in the present project.

Deputy Ministry of Tourism

According to the Law, the objective of setting up the Deputy Ministry of Tourism is to establish a strategic and supervisory authority with powers to develop a national strategy for tourism, promotion and projection of Cyprus as a tourist destination, as well as implementation of tourism legislation with the following, among other, main responsibilities:

- Establishment, coordination and implementation of an integrated National Tourism Strategy using the necessary horizontal policies.
- Develop and implement a marketing strategy and promotion of the tourism product of Cyprus, abroad and domestically
- Support investment in Tourism.
- Promotion of tourist awareness, education and training.
- Implementation of tourism legislation and supervision of the tourism sector.

The Department of Antiquities

The Department of Antiquities (est. 1935), Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, is the
government organization responsible for the management of the archaeological heritage of Cyprus. The
Department's main areas of activity and responsibility are the following: (1) systematic and rescue
excavations as well as archaeological surveys, (2) the establishment, management and operation of
archaeological museums, (3) the conservation, restoration, protection and promotion of Ancient Monuments
in the First and Second Schedule of the Antiquities Law, of archaeological sites and of cultural objects. The
Department of Antiquities also promotes the use of both Ancient Monuments and archaeological and
ethnological museums for educational purposes and cultural activities, as well as for the stimulation of
cultural tourism. In order to achieve the above, the Department’s specialized staff organize conferences,
exhibitions and lectures both in Cyprus and abroad, conduct scientific research in the field of cultural
heritage, and regularly publish tourist guides and scientific publications. The Department of Antiquities has
also participated in a number of EU-funded projects, both as coordinator and as partner.