Positive budget but help needed in Gozo air sea links – GTA
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The Gozo Tourism Association said this afternoon in a statement regarding Budget 2012, “that it believes that the increase of €1,000,000 to the Malta Tourism Authority bringing its financial allocation to €36,000,000, together with the €20,000,000 allocated for the restructuring of the Air Malta, are positive measures towards an important industry like tourism.”
“The fact that Gozo is a distinct destination, is once again being acknowledged in this budget by the allocation for the second consecutive year of the sum of €500,000 to the Directorate of Tourism and Economic Development, within the Ministry for Gozo, for the marketing of Gozo as a distinct tourist destination,” GTA said.
“This budget is also acknowledging one of the proposals by the Gozo Tourism Association, that the licensing scheme for Gozitan self catering units, requires an overhaul and Government will be launching a consultation process with the stakeholders, on how to revise this sector’s licenses during the coming year.” GTA continued, “this revision is to provide more incentives for quality standards and investment in the self catering sector.”
“While the budget, announces further feasibility studies on the permanent link between Malta and Gozo, in order to find the best strategic options for the long term benefit for Gozo,” the Gozo Tourism Association said “that no mention whatsoever was made on the missing Airlink to the sister Island.”
The Gozo Tourism Association went on to say “that this budget missed out on measures like the proposed seasonal Gozo Channel fares to entice domestic tourism to Gozo during the winter months.”
The GTA concluded by saying that it hopes “that the sum of €4,000,000 allocated in this budget to the Eco-Gozo vision to be invested in alternative energy, will prove beneficial to the tourist establishments to cut on their electricity costs.”