GTA welcomes the successes for the tourism sector in 2017

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GTA welcomes the successes for the tourism sector in 2017The Annual General Meeting of the Gozo Tourism Association, which represents various operators in the Gozo tourism sector, took place this week

The meeting started with the minutes of the last AGM and the administrative report was read by Mr Joe Muscat, CEO of the Gozo Tourism Association.

In his report Mr Muscat detailed the work and initiatives undertaken by the Association during the course of the past year, both at home and abroad, during their time at international travel fairs.

Mr Muscat expressed the satisfaction of the GTA on the successes achieved in the tourism sector during last year. He said that the success was based on an increase of foreign tourists, as well as that of domestic tourism.

He added that Gozo also experienced an increase of 12% in the number of visitors who stayed for more than a single night.

Mr Muscat praised the initiatives the Ministry for Gozo are embarking upon during this coming year, such as the creation of thematic festivals, which he said, are helping to transform Gozo into an all year round tourist destination.

In his address the Chairman of the GTA, Paul Scicluna, referred to the need for further improvement in all sections of connectivity between Malta and Gozo.

Two representatives from booking.com explained to those present at the meeting the benefits that Gozitan tourist operators can achieve from this popular website.

Mr Paul Bugeja, CEO of the Malta Tourism Association, addressed the members present and congratulated them on their successes.

He explained that the Authority is responsible for tourism in the country, and said that it received strong cooperation from the GTA such as in advertising. He augured that these excellent relations that exist between the GTA and MTA continue in order to reinforce the successes over the coming years.GTA welcomes the successes for the tourism sector in 2017The Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana, during her closing speech congratulated the Association on its achievements over the past year.

She emphasised the large number of employees directly involved in the tourism sector, along with the importance and the strong economic contribution of this sector for the island.

Dr Caruana expressed her desire to see more young people pursue a career in this important industry so that tourism on the island continues to strengthen.

She also mentioned the initiatives that have been included in the Budget for Gozo are intended to continue to raise the tourism product.

The Minister for Gozo encouraged all those involved in the tourism industry to continue to invest and strengthen the Gozitan tourism product.

The Minister stressed that 2017 had successes for tourism in Gozo and that “we must be prepared for new markets and to be competitive. Above to promote Gozo not just as a distinct destination, but also as a qualitative destination which is unique and unforgetable.”

“It is the commitment of the Ministry for Gozo to strengthen the infrastructure and accessibility to Gozo, so that we will be able to achieve sustainable and qualitative tourism goals,” stated Dr Caruana.

During the meeting the financial report was also presented for the approval of the members present and the new Board that that will lead the Association during this year was appointed.

Photographs: MGOZ/George Scerri

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