Gozo wins prize of best sustainable destination in the Mediterranean
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The Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana has welcomed the announcement of an international honour for the island – Gozo has won the prize of best sustainable destination in the Mediterranean.
The World’s Top 10 Sustainable Destinations were unveiled in the Awards Hall of ITB Berlin, at the end of its opening day this week.. From 100 top-sustainable destinations, 32 finalists had first been selected by a jury representing 12 international organisations.
The award was presented by Green Destinations which is an international organisation promoting sustainable tourism.
Gozo won the prize in the Mediterranean region. The island was a finalist for this award in 2017 after it was included in the list of 100 worldwide destination to meet established sustainability criteria.
Gozo competed as a destination with cultural initiatives and for its local identity. In this way, the villages on the island encourage initiatives to keep alive the identity of the place in order that the traveller has a unique experience of the destination.
The criteria of this award are from the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. The Council is recognised by the UNWTO, the United Nations Tourism Organisation and is establish international criteria for sustainable tourism on both operational as well as policy making.
Dr Caruana said that this award “honours not just our country but also Gozitans themselves that have contributed to this success.”
She stated that through the awards, Gozo’s name continues to rise on the international scale and is recognised as a destination that offers an authentic experience to travellers.
Photo: MGOZ/Terry Camilleri