Gozo awarded for its quality coast

Gozo has been listed as one of the top ten destinations amongst fifty that were selected from a board that evaluated more than 500 coastal destinations spread in nine Southern European countries.  

Gozo awarded for its quality coastGozo has been chosen as one of the top ten destinations in Southern Europe for those tourists who wish to visit sustainable destinations that offer natural and cultural heritage, together with a clean maritime environment.  This award was announced during the Quality Coast 2011 – Southern European Top 50 held in Kouklia, Cyprus.

The Quality Coast Awards is considered as a prestigious award and is being used by tourist operators as a promotion for sustainable tourist destinations. The organising committee – Coastal Marine Union – EUCC has the scope of establishing coastal communities with the aim of providing high quality touristic services and the promotion of sustainable development while also protecting the historical and environmental value of the area.

The Hon. Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo was awarded with this certificate by the Executive Director of the EUCC Malta, Mr Foppe J. Seekles.  The Minister expressed her satisfaction for this award and described it as a valid tool in promoting Gozo as a tourist destination.  She explained how the Waste Water Treatment Plant played an important role in achieving such award. The Hon. Giovanna Debono also explained how the eco-Gozo action plan is helping the island of Gozo in increasing its potential to be considered at higher levels of this award.

Mr Seekles explained how the EUCC Malta, in collaboration with the Gozo Business Chamber and the Ministry for Gozo, has presented the necessary application so that Gozo can achieve the Quality Coast Bronze Award.  He expressed his satisfaction for the fact that Gozo was mentioned with other prime destinations like Rab (Croatia), Kefalonia (Greece), Arozes (Portugal) and La Gomera (Spain).  All these places are committed to protect the identity and cultural values of these destinations while enhancing the protection and sustainability of the community.  The diversity of Gozo’s coasts was also given due importance.

The award presentation was also attended by Mr. Manuel Tabone, Director for Tourism and Economic Development of the Ministry for Gozo, and Mr Joe Grech, President of the Gozo Business Chamber.

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10. 06. 2011