Cyprus is situated in the eastern Mediterranean, south of Turkey, north of Egypt and east-southeast of Greece. The island isone of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean. A former British colony, it has been a member of the European Union since 1 May 2004. In 1974, following a period of violence between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, Turkey invaded and occupied one-third of the island. This led to separate Turkish Cypriot political entity in the north. Cyprus has a range of conference services of international standards, with business-class hotels, a good selection of venues for meetings and social activities and good communication facilities. Just over 1 hour by air from continental Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Cyprus has a blend of dramatic scenery, colorful mythology and a rich archaeological inheritance and all-year-round good weather. A combination of pine-clad mountain slopes and crystal-clear sea drenched by a sunny atmosphere, Cyprus’s spectacular scenery can make a powerful backdrop to breathtaking promotions, stunning product launches and extravagant incentives.