The Gozo Grand Sprint 2010 motor race next month

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The Gozo Grand Sprint 2010 motor race next monthThe Malta Council for Sports in conjunction with the Malta Motorsport Federation (MMF) in collaboration with the Ministry for Gozo, the Parliamentary Secretariat for Youth and Sport, and the Malta Tourism Authority will be organising a sports event in Gozo over the weekend of the 20th and 21st of November 2010.

Details of this event were announced at a news conference held at the Parliamentary Secretariat for Youth and Sport with the participation of the Minister for Gozo, Giovanna Debono, Clyde Puli, Parliamentary Secretary for Youth and Sport and officials from the Malta Motorsport Federation.

They said that as well as it being the first event to be held of its kind, the Gozo Grand Sprint 2010, has the potential to be followed by similar events in the future. The organisation of this event in Gozo is also an initiative to increase domestic tourism to Gozo especially in the relatively quiet months of the year. They said that It is believed that between 80 and 100 teams will take part in the event and that it is expected to generate approximately 680 nights of accommodation in establishments throughout Gozo. This commercial and tourist activity will encourage hundreds of enthusiasts to visit the island.

The Gozo Minister, Giovanna Debono, said that the Ministry promotes tourism activities that can generate visitors from the domestic market especially in the months when the sector is experiencing less popular periods. The Minister also said that events of this nature offers an opportunity to advertise the Gozo tourist product in particular niches such as the field of sports tourism and to show that the island offers other attractions other than the natural beauty, sun and sea .

The route that the race will take over that weekend will cover the center of Gozo, incorporating Triq l-Imgarr, Triq San Anard, Triq il-Madonna Tar-Rummiena and Triq Ta’ Hamet. The organisers said that they will take precautions and security measures so that the public will be able to enjoy the various aspects of the race, while still ensuring public safety at all times. This will be carried out in collaboration with the Police, the Civil Protection Unit in Gozo and emergency services in Gozo, as well as through traffic diversions. In addition the residents and owners of shops and other establishments in the area will be contacted to explain details related to their access during the hours of racing.

On behalf of the MMF and its associated organisations, especially the Island Car Club and the Valletta Grand Prix Foundation, Mr Tonio Cini, President of the MMF announced that the Finn, Ari Vatanen, who is a well known personality in the field of international sports, has been invited to attend the event. Besides winning the Paris-Dakar rally four times, Vatanen was also the World Champion in the 1981 and 1997 rally as well as winning various awards. He has also worked in the political sphere through posts in the European Parliament in various fields including foreign affairs, transport and tourism and agriculture and rural and regional development. Italian journalists have also been invited to this event for filming as well as journalism.

The Gozo Tourism Association announced that some of it’s members with establishments in Gozo, will be offering special rates on accommodation for the Maltese and tourists who will spending nights in Gozo over the race weekend of the 20th and 21st of November.

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