Gozo 1234 Festival – Fun, Food and Fireworks

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  gozo1234 A four-day Gozo festival called Gozo 1234, because it will span the long weekend from May the 1st, which is a public holiday, to May 4, was launched today by Gozo Minister Giovanna Debono and Dr Mario de Marco, Parliamentary Secretary for tourism.

The festival’s organisation is being handled by Burning Spear, a joint venture by Where’s Everybody and Nexos Lighting. These companies have worked together in the past in a previous consortium for the organisation of Welcomeeurope, on Malta’s accession into the European  Union.

Lou Bondi, speaking for the company, said the festival will feature and build on the best elements of the Notte Gozitana and the Fireworks Festival, and the many activities will be spread over several localities, with thirteen local councils taking part.

During the days of the festival, which starts on April the 30th at 1.30 pm and runs till Saturday May the 3rd, the Gozo ferry fares will be reduced by 70 percent for travellers from Malta. There will also be a shuttle bus service from Mgarr to Marsalforn, Nadur and Victoria.

The festival, Mr Bondi said, will feature a rich mixture of culture, history, music, food, drama, sport and dance, apart from the fireworks festival which will include fireworks from Malta, Gozo, Denmark and Italy. The fireworks festival will be held on May the 1st at Marsalforn, May the 2nd at Nadur and May the 3rd at Victoria.

Minister Debono said that the main aim of the activity was to promote tourism to Gozo during the shoulder months. She noted that efforts to promote Gozo among tourists was paying off, in that the number of foreign tourists in Gozo last year was 19 percent higher than in 2006.

Dr de Marco said the government was giving particular importance on the overseas marketing of Gozo as a distinct tourism destination.

He quoted figures from the NSO’s statistics for 2007 which showed that out of all tourists visiting the Maltese islands last year, 650,000 took a day trip to Gozo, 19,000 visitors spent one night on the island, 36,000 tourists split their stay between Malta and Gozo, whilst over 67,000 guests stayed inGozo exclusively. Dr de Marco said that such figures were encouraging but added that the government was working to increase them further.

He concluded by saying that that the MTA would shortly open a new tourist information and administration office in one of the most central areas of Victoria.

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    5 Responses

    1. Jeff Bottom says:

      I found out about Gozo 1234 from a meeting of one of the Gozo NGO’s in March. Since then I have been searching for further information, the only source was the article about extra ferries!!

      How does anyone expect this festival to attract tourists? they are not in Malta or Gozo and would plan their trip months ahead, in order to get cheaper flights and time off work.

      Until an official list is published well in advance of such tourist attractions (at least one year ahead) the effect of these promotions on new tourists from abroad will be nil.

      Regards,
      Jef Bottom – A frequent visitor to Marsalforn

    2. JJP ZAMMIT says:

      I perfectly agree wiht Mr. Bottom, I am even a resident in Gozo and still don’t know the Gozo 1234 programm, amd for people like me a very short PAPPARAZZO urgently need to know. Can someone publish the programm day by day . Thank you
      Joseph Zammit
      Marsalforn

    3. Peter Colllins says:

      Agree with both the above. I live in Xaghra and would love to know what exactly will be going on in Gozo and where during the festival. Advance notice of these things is essential.

    4. Gozo News says:

      Editors Note:

      We also agree fully with your comments on this, unfortunately we can only publish when we have the details ourselves.

      Fortunately we have just obtained full details this morning and they are now published on our front page, together with full details of each days programme of events.

      A case of better late than never:-)

    5. nana mascuri says:

      We would love to visit Gozo for our RNR leave ,from overseas, as long as there is one price for all, and not like the last time we visited your island, we were conned left right and centre, we were over charged many times and that was even told to us by the locals.

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