Gozo chosen as one of 50 most attractive tourist desinations
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Fifty tourist destinations have been selected for their attractiveness to visitors interested in nature and cultural heritage, environment and sustainability. The QualityCoast Jury evaluated over 500 international tourist destinations in nine Southern European countries. The selected destinations are combined into the “QualityCoast 2011 – Southern European Top 50.”
Thirty indicators have been used for this evaluation. Each indicator reflects a distinctive aspect of sustainability. All Top 50 destinations have a clean environment; some are typical nature destinations whilst others are a typical cultural heritage destinations that have kept their own identity over time. The Top 50 destinations are located in Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Spain.
The QualityCoast jury consists of independent experts (including experts at high political level, experts from nature and environmental NGOs and of business associations), with experience in communities performance and sustainability, but also with a realistic vision of the national context.
Many islands are listed in the highest ranks of the Top 50. Islands such as Rab (Croatia), Kefalonia (Greece), Gozo (Malta), Azores (Portugal) and La Gomera (Spain) are making great efforts to preserve their identity and cultural heritage, to protect natural values and promote resilient and sustainable communities. Other destinations that deserve special reference are: Kouklia (Cyprus), Guéthary (France), Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuccoli Regional Park (Italy), Torres Vedras (Portugal) and the Danube Delta (Romania). These can be considered the ten most attractive destinations of southern Europe.
The “QualityCoast 2011 – Southern European Top 50” will be presented to international tour operators for inclusion in their websites and travel brochures. International tour operators stress the need of an independent programme like the QualityCoast program. Interest has already been confirmed to highlight QualityCoast Destinations in 2012 summer holiday brochures. The Top 50 will also be promoted through EUCC’s own media and public websites, including www.qualitycoast.info.
The QualityCoast programme is co-financed by the European Commission. Sole responsibility for this programme lies with the EUCC. The programme has not been financed by tour operators nor by any national government, region, tourist board or any other body.
The QualityCoast 2011 – Southern European Top 50:
Croatia: Rab (island Rab)
Cyprus: Kouklia Limassol Paphos
France: Guéthary Gruissan Camargue Vendres Plage Serriera-Porto Fouesnant La Palmyre-La Tremblade Solenzara Ajaccio
Greece: Kefalonia Samos Chios Lesbos Naxos Zakynthos Rethymnon-Platanes Kos Lindos (Rhodos) Alonissos Ierapetra (Crete) Igoumenitsa Samothraki
Italy: Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuccoli Regional Park Messina Cefalù Monte Argentario Porto Rotondo Arenzano Porto Venere Elba
Portugal: Azores (all islands) Torres Vedras Madeira Porto Santo Sintra Lagos Tavira – S. Luzia
Romania: Danube Delta Mangalia
Slovenia: Izola – Koper
Spain: La Gomera Bahia de Alcúdia (Mallorca) Sitges Formentera Menorca Costa Calma (Fuerteventura) Puerto del Carmen (Lanzarote) Es Figueral (Ibiza) Puerto Naos (La Palma).