Gozo’s dwindling tourist assets – Readers letter

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Concrete Monstrosity at Dwerja
In a few months time I will be in Gozo for my annual holiday and I know already that it is going to feel so much different this year. The concrete eyesore at Dwejra has ruined the sight from the top of the hill leading down to the Inland Sea.

My usual trips to Hondoq will be spoiled by the thought of an impending marina development hanging over it like the Sword of Damocles. And these are only two examples of how little Malta appreciates its tourist trade.

All this is made worse when we remember that all these crazy decisions are being made by Mepa, one of who’s primary objectives is to protect the environment. In every other country I’ve been to they go out of their way to protect their tourist assets. Because of Mepa, which is obviously, either corrupt or totally inept, Malta’s assets are being sold off to the highest bidder.

Dr Lawrence Gonzi promised to make big changes to Mepa if he got back into office. Well sir you are there so it’s time to put those changes into action whilst you still have what could be loosely described as a holiday destination.

James A. Tyrrell,
5 Lower Cairncastle Road,
County Antrim,
N. Ireland BT40 1PG

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    4 Responses

    1. Patrick Oonk says:

      I went to Dwejra this holiday, mainly to show it to my son, as it was his first time on Gozo. When you arrive, the first thing you see is a guy that jumps on you, trying to sell you a ‘map’ of sorts. We ignored him of course. Than we had the most expensive drink in a Gozitan snack bar ever, while being harrassed by people who wanted us to do a boat ride. We ordered an espresso at a cafe at the inland sea, which turned out to be Nescafe at 1 euro each. So that was the last time I’ll visit Dwejra.

    2. James A. Tyrrell says:

      Patrick I can understand exactly where you are coming from here. The little guy with the maps is a pain in the butt I’ll agree but you have to admit that at least he is trying to make a living as opposed to just sitting there with his hand out.

      With regard to the guys offering the boat ride why didn’t you take one? I’m sure your son would have loved it. I took a friend and her son for a little trip through the caves last year and they really enjoyed it. The guys are just trying to make a living Patrick and face it a lot of tourists wouldn’t know they could take a boat ride if they weren?t told.

      As for the coffee if I was at Dwejra and gagging for a cup of coffee I don’t think I’d mind paying 1 Euro for it. Okay it wasn’t expresso but you’re in the middle of nowhere and again the folk have to make a living.

    3. Tourist from Holland says:

      I understand your point, however although these kind of tactics are of course illegal, you can’t really blame these people as they too have families and try hard to make a living, then there is us coming over to Gozo spending our cash, how do you feel if the shoes were on the other foot?

      Think about it, you can either ignore them, walk away or at least show a bit of humanity and help thy neighbour if only a few cents.

    4. Patrick Oonk says:

      I took a boat, but I did not need anyone to come up to me to point me to the possibility as there was a HUGE sign which stated you could take a boat. This kind of ‘active marketing’ is the reason I don’t go to Turkey or Egypt any more. I did not like the people there, they were either stupid or unfriendly, unlike the rest of the people on Gozo. It’s almost like a pice of Malta, situated in Gozo. I guess the tourist buses with daytrippers from Malta coming there every day has something to do with it.

      Tyrell: If I order an espresso, they should tell me that it will be Nescafe (yuck) beforehand. Ramla beach is also in the middle of nowhere, but they have great coffee there.

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