Manuel Sultana, barman at Café Jubilee in Victoria, has been presented with the Gozo Tourism Worker of the Year Award 2017, during a ceremony organised by the Gozo Tourism Association.
This was the tenth edition of the Gozo Tourism Awards, which were bestowed to the Gozo Tourism Worker of the Year, the Gozo Young Tourism Worker of the Year, and the Gozo Tourism Entrepreneurship Award.
Another section was introduced for the first time – that of the Gozo Cultural Tourism Achievement Award.
Richard Galea, head waiter at Ta’ Philip Restaurant, presented with the Gozo Young Tourism Worker of the Year Award 2017.
The Gozo Tourism Entrepreneurship Award 2017, was won by Ms. Anna Azzopardi and Ms. Sonia Teuma of Ta’ Maria Holiday Accommodation.
The winner of the new category for the Gozo Cultural Achievement Tourism Award was awarded to the Xaghra Historical Reenactment Organisation (XHRO).
The GTA said that the main objectives of these awards are to acknowledge, commend, encourage and thank all the workers, Entrepreneurs and Entities who distinguish themselves in the performance of their duties and activities in the vital touristic industry in Gozo.
The winners were officially announced by Notary Public Dr. Paul G Pisani MIM., MA.,LLD. Chairman of the adjudicating board which also included, Mr Joseph W Psaila and Mr. John Busuttil.
Finally the Gozo Tourism Association Council awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in Tourism to the late Dr. Victor Bajada of Gozo Prestige Holidays for his investment and achievements in the tourism sector along the years, which contributed towards job creation and economic growth on Gozo.
The Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana,, the Malta Tourism Authority Chairman Dr. Gavin Gulia, and the Malta Tourism Authority CEO, Mr. Paul Bugeja, presented the awards to the winners.
The Minister for Gozo in her concluding speech emphasised the importance of the human resources in the tourism sector and while congratulating the winners, thanked all the workers and the entrepreneurs in the Gozitan tourism industry.
Dr Caruana also spoke about the challenges of accessibility and connectivity between the islands.
“We are working on different ideas for more efficient and effective connectivity by land, sea and air. All of them require careful evaluation as in logistics, financial, environmental and social development,” said this Minister.
“During this legislature the heliport is being looked at by the Ministry for Gozo, towards an appropriate way in getting an air service. The sea service will be complemented by a fast ferry, and discussions and planning are to begin on the necessity of a fourth ferry,” said Minister Caruana.
Those present were also addressed Mr Paul Scicluna, Chairman of the Gozo Tourism Association, Dr Gavin Gulia and Mr Paul Bugeja.
The Gozo Tourism Awards 2017 event was conducted by Ms Katya Scicluna.