Marsalforn has huge potential for yacht marina – Minister
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The Minister for Gozo, Dr Anton Refalo announced today that the Government has issued an international call for expressions of interest for the building and operation of a cruise liner terminal, as well as a yacht marina in Gozo.
The Minister pointed out that althouth there is no preferred site for the project, proposals for Hondoq Ir-Rummien would not be considered due to the environmental impact. However, he said Marsalforn has huge potential for a yacht marina.
The call was issued on the 28th of June and will close at the end of September this year.
Dr Refalo said that at this time there is only a rarely used mooring point for smaller cruise ships, which is off Xlendi. He said that the buoy, which cost €238,000, had experienced many problems, including its positioning, which it transpired was too close to the coastline. It had also had very little impact on the tourism sector in Gozo.
Dr Refalo explained that the purpose of the project was to attract small to medium sized cruise ships to the sister island. Enquiries had already been received from 12 companies based in Sweden, Spain and Greece, among others.