Ghajnsielem is one of four runners-up as Destination of Excellence
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Five locations in Malta and Gozo have been recognised as Destinations of Excellence, following an initiative launched by the Tourism Ministry.
Qrendi came in first place with the runners-up being Ghajnsielem, Dingli, Mellieha and Ta ‘Xbiex.
Qrendi was recognised as winner for the San Mattew tal-Maqluba site, Ghajnsielem for the Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem Nativity Village, Dingli for the traditional cultural activities, Mellieha for the Second World War shelters and Ta ‘Xbiex as a destination synonymous with embassies, yachting and the recent activities undertaken in the yacht marina.
This project is initiated and co-financed by the European Commission and is aimed at promoting sustainable tourism throughout Europe.
The project is focused on destinations that are little known and contribute to economic growth so as to ensure social, cultural and environmental elements are protected and more visible, while exposing and enhancing typical characteristics.
On behalf of the Ministry for Tourism, the Permanent Secretary Ronald Mizzi, presented the prizes and thanked all the mayors and local councils that participated.
He remarked that he appreciated the love they show to their neighbourhood and stressed that those who manage the Maltese and Gozitan localities are key ambassadors for our country.