The island of Gozo has once again been ranked as one of the top 100 sustainable tourist destinations in the world by the Green Destinations Certification Program for the year 2020. It was the Directorate of Tourism and Economic Development within the Ministry for Gozo which nominated Gozo, and following a scrutiny exercise to determine the qualities of the destination, together with effective practices in terms of sustainable tourism, the Top 100 Global Sustainable Destination also included Gozo in the Good Travel Guide.
In this regard, the Minister for Gozo, Clint Camilleri, said that, “this will continue to encourage us to work harder in every field, especially in the tourism sector, so that the island of Gozo continues to be the destination of choice for many. I am proud that the natural beauty of Gozo continues to attract visitors and that the work of this government continues to translate into positive results for our country.”
On his part, the Director of Tourism and Economic Development within the Ministry for Gozo Ronald Sultana listed the six evaluation criteria in order for Gozo to be ranked among the best destinations; Destination Management, Nature, Scenery and Animals, Environment and Climate, Culture and Tradition, Social Wellbeing and Business and Hospitality.
Minister Clint Camilleri stated that the Ministry for Gozo will remain committed to ensuring that Gozo continues to receive the attention it deserves with quality infrastructure and promotional campaigns aimed at making it an attractive destination. He stated that the tourism sector will continue to be spurred also thanks to various funding schemes administered by the Ministry for Gozo, including co-financing in the field of restoration and improvement of sites with a central capacity in the field of tourism related to conferences, conventions, and exhibitions, including MICE and Business Travel; salary reimbursement schemes, and schemes related to Niche Tourism, where tour operators will be able to promote Gozo and their product internationally.