GTA welcomes MEPA’s approval of the Cittadella Masterplan
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The Gozo Tourism Association has said that it welcomes The Malta Environment and Planning Authority board (MEPA) approval of the Ministry for Gozo’s project for the restoration and rehabilitation of the Cittadella in Gozo, in line with the masterplan outline application.
The GTA went on to say that the project also includes the restoration and conversion of a historical unused reservoir into a visitors’ centre that would enhance the experience of the thousands of visitors who annually visit this iconic architectural and historical gem within Gozo’s heritage.
The NGO added that this approval now gives way to a holistic and responsible upgrading approach within this highly important landmark of heritage and culture on the island of Gozo, that occupies one of the topmost historical attractions that are included in the itinerary of the 700,000 day-trippers as well as the 100,000 foreign tourists who opt to over stay annually on Gozo.
The long awaited restoration and enhancement works of this old fortified town on the island of Gozo includes a number of actions that will definitely also improve the tourist amenities that are already available within these historic walls, the NGO said. The GTA added that it believes that the master plan covers a long-term policy framework for managing the Cittadella in a sustainable manner. Apart from primarily serving to safeguard Gozo’s rich heritage, the implementation of the approved projects will also give the island of Gozo’s touristic product significant added value which can be translated in stronger and better promotion of the island that will in turn foster sustainable touristic, economical and social development.
The GTA said that it also acknowledges the fact that this prime historical site presently lacks visitor facilities that are essential in providing a comprehensive and holistic experience to visitors. The restoration and conversion of the reservoir into a visitors’ centre will provide the much required interpretation facilities whilst also resulting in the exposure of yet another part of the island’s historical heritage which up to now was hidden.
The Gozo Tourism Association concluded by saying that it believes that these works will continue to improve on the island’s unique cultural, touristic, social and environmental features that give Gozo its own identity and make it a distinct destination.