GTA in favour of more connectivity to the island, especially an airlink
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The 20th Annual General Meeting of the Gozo Tourism Association, was held on Wednesday at The Grand Hotel, in Mgarr.
There was an address by the Chairman of the Association, Mr Paul Scicluna, the Administrative report by the Chief Executive Officer, Mr Joe Muscat, and the Financial report by the Treasurer, Mr Joe Muscat Sammut.
The Minister for Gozo, Dr. Justyne Caruana, the Minister for Tourism Dr. Konrad Scicluna and the Executive Chairman of the Malta Tourism Authority Dr. Gavin Gulia, also addressed the meeting.
A presentation was also give on industry updates and developments with special reference to Gozo Tourism by Mr. Leslie Vella and Mr. Carlo Micallef from the Malta Tourism Authority.
GTA Chairman Mr Paul Scicluna, in his opening address, emphasised the need to keep on improving every type of connectivity to the island and he stated that the GTA is in favour of more connectivity, especially by the introduction of an airlink.
Mr. Scicluna informed the members present that this year the GTA is also commemorating the 20th Anniversary since the inception of this Gozitan Association.
Finally he also stressed the need of upgrading the tourism establishments product in order to keep maintaining a sustainable tourism industry on Gozo.
The GTA’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Joe Muscat then delivered an audio visual presentation on the performance of the Association during 2018.
He gave an overview of the Gozitan touristic performance during last year, giving a detailed report of the work and initiatives undertaken by the Association during the course of the past year 2018.
During his address the Minister for Tourism mentioned the initiatives being taken by the Ministry for Tourism together with the Ministry for Gozo and MTA to continue sustaining the tourism sector on Gozo.
While commending the contribution of the GTA towards tourism in Gozo, Dr. Mizzi stressed the need to continue diversifying the touristic arrivals by exploring new markets like Poland and Hungary, and therefore the GTA participation in international tourism fairs should extend and cover such markets.
The Minister for Gozo, Dr. Justyne Caruana, in her concluding speech, stated that the numbers of tourist arrivals needs to be complimented with events on Gozo, something which the Ministry for Gozo is delivering on regular basis along all months of the year.
Dr Caruana stressed that the tourism industry on Gozo needs to be sustained by the ongoing upkeep of the touristic product. ]
She announced that in the “near future, the introduction of the fourth ferry to compliment the present Gozo Channel fleet and a helicopter service between Malta and Gozo, will be additions to further improve the connectivity to Destination Gozo.”
Dr. Justyne Caruana, whilst auguring more achievements to the GTA, stressed that all stakeholders need to continue delivering in a synergisd approach for the benefit of Gozitan tourism.
During this AGM the GTA council for 2019 was formed and is made up of the following members:Azzopardi Karl (Cesca Boutique Hotel), Borg Marvic (Gozo Breaks Ltd), Busuttil Mark (St. Andrews Divers Cove), Cordina Michaela (Brookies Restaurant), Gatt Ludgard (Tamarisk Properties), Loporto Mario (Gozo Village Holidays), Mercieca Joseph (Country Terrace Restaurant) Muscat Sammut Joseph (Down Town Hotel), Rapa Joe (Ta’ Salvina Restaurant), Scicluna Konrad (Links Travel) Scicluna Paul (Gozo Farmhouses), Spiteri Pauline (Mario’s Rent a car), and Veranneman Amand (Dalia Real Estate).
Other distinguished guests present for the Annual General Meeting included, Mr. Paul Bugeja, Chairman Malta MedAir, Mr. John Borg, Permanent Secretary at the Gozo Ministry, Mr. Ronald Mizzi Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism, officials from the Ministry for Gozo, as well as Malta Tourism Authority officials, other guests and GTA members from the various sectors of the Gozitan Tourism Industry.