“Realistic & objective budget acknowledging Gozo’s needs”

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"Realistic & objective budget acknowledging Gozo's needs"The Gozo Tourism Association said today that it believes that the measures in the Budget 2013 to increase by another €1,000,000 the Malta Tourism Authority financial allocation extending it to €37,000,000, together with the €40,000,000 allocated for the restructuring of 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 third 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,” the GTA said.

“This budget is also acknowledging several proposals put forward by the Gozo Tourism Association, including, the implementation of the Diving Master Plan and a new licencing regime for the Gozitan self catering units, intended to provide more incentives for quality standards and investment in the self catering sector. Furthermore the sum of €200,000 is being allocated for a scheme intended to offer reduced rates by Gozo Channel during the winter months to entice domestic tourism.

“Other measures in this budget, include infrastructural works that will enhance the Gozitan touristic product. These include the completion of the Zewwieqa Water Front, the Cittadella restoration, the Xlendi and Marsalforn Waterfronts as well as the reconstruction of the Marsalforn breakwater.

“The Gozitan touristic sector will also benefit from several schemes announced in this budget like the High Energy User Scheme, the extension for another two years of the Micro invest scheme and the 15% capital investment aid in the form of tax credit for licensed Hotels.”

Concluding the statement the Gozo Tourism Association said that it “notes that this is a realisitic and objective budget that is acknowledging Gozo’s needs, whilst addressing them with specific measures.”

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