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Gozo Worker of the Year Award in Tourism – 2009

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Gozo Worker of the Year Award in Tourism - 2009The Gozo Tourism Association organised the second edition of the Gozo Worker of the year Award in Tourism . The award for the year 2009 was won by Mario Mifsud who is 56-years of age, 36 of those years, he has been a worker in the tourism sector. Today, he is in charge of the maintenance section with a key agency in the sector of rental farmhouses in Gozo. The report made by the board, which was led once again by Judge Victor Caruana Colombo, explained how it was not easy for the panel to reach a final decision because the nine people who were all designated have good qualities and are making a valuable contribution in the field of tourism in Gozo.

A Gozo Tourism Association spokesman said that this award was set up in order to reward employees who distinguish themselves in their work in the tourism sector. But in addition to recognising the service given by individuals, this award promotes quality service to complement the tourism product in Gozo. It is therefore the hope of the organisers that that this show of achievment will encourage Gozitan workers to take up careers in this sector that is so important to the socio-economic development in Gozo.

Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism within the Office of the Prime Minister, Mario Demarco, also spoke about the economic importance of tourism to our islands. He mentioned a number of initiatives taken in recent years to help counter the negative impact of the economic crisis that has taken place in the international markets during this year. He also made reference to several particular initiatives taken by the Tourism Authority of Malta to promote Gozo as a distinct tourist destination. He congratulated all those nominated and stressed the importance for human resources in the tourism industry.

Giovanna Debono, the Minister for Gozo, presented the prize to the winner. While addressing those present, she said it meant the fulfillment of valuable work done through cooperation between the Ministry for Gozo and the Gozo Tourism Association that was founded at the initiative of the same Ministry. While welcoming the winner as well as those who were nominated along with so many others who work in this sector in Gozo. Minister Giovanna Debono stressed that the tourism sector needs particular attention and was therefore among the first projects that were undertaken in Gozo through co-financing from European funds. These included the building of the Institute for Tourism Studies, the project of Niche Tourism addressed to the field of diving as well as projects related to heritage such as the Citadel, the Ggantija Temples and museum of Archeology.

During the evening it was also acknowledged that it is the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the Gozo Tourism Association and a look back was taken at the work performed over the ten years. A discussion took place with the current President Mr. Paul Scicluna and Mr Joe Muscat, who has been occupying the post of Secretary General from its establishment of the GTA.

Among the distinguished guests present wre His Excellency Mgr. Mario Grech, Bishop of Gozo, Mr Anton Tabone who was also the first Minister for Gozo, together with Mr Josef Formosa Gauci, Chief Executive of the Malta Tourism Authority.

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    8 Responses

    1. David Mckee & family says:

      Well done to Mario and a very well deserved award. We have had many happy holidays in Gozo, travelling to your lovely island from Scotland (it’s minus 11 degrees here at present) and Mario has always looked after us and is a credit to his employers and to Gozo tourism.
      Best wishes to Mario and his family and seasons greetings to everyone in Gozo…

    2. Andy Shiach says:

      Hey Mario!
      Congratulations on your award. It’s well deserved. Customer service is so often overlooked these days and you are a great credit to your employers. You always make us feel welcome when you pop round to take care of things and it’s always nice that you spend a little time to chat and share a cold drink with us. Hope to see you in 2010!
      Best wishes form Andy, Joan, Alistair, James & Grace Shiach.

    3. Maria Schram says:


      For so many years you have done your utmost to make
      sure the tourists in Gozo, have nothing left to wish
      for. Always going out of your way to give the highest
      standard of service. And in such a friendly way, that
      you became friends with most of the visitors.

      I congratulate you with this well-deserved award.
      Sending you best regards from Holland,best wishes for 2010.
      We are looking forward to meeting you again soon.

      Maria Schram, Susannah and Jonah Camilleri, and
      the rest of the Schrams.

    4. Pauline says:

      Hey Mario well done.
      Glad that you won the prize keep on doing the good work….

    5. Vincent & Nicole says:

      Congratulations! We spents 1 week in Gozo in 2009. It was a great pleasure to know that Mario could organize everything for us.

      Regards from Switzerland

    6. Jason says:

      Well done Mario

      If everyone did his best like you we wouldn`t be in the state we are in .

      Local authorities PLS note

    7. Lorraine Hussain says:

      Well done Mario you deserve it! We come every year now and you are always helpful and everytime we find all we need and everything is well organised. Hope to see you next year. Best wishes from all the family Hussain!

    8. Jacqui & John says:

      Fantastic Mario!! You deserve it. You always came when we needed you. Day or night, rain or shine!!

      Even our Swiss friends were impressed with your services. They will never forget how you climbed up that wall !! Remember when we got locked out of Bambinella? I phoned you at 2am. I felt so bad especially knowing you were celebrating your village feast with your family and friends. However, you came to the rescue in a matter of minutes with a smile on your face!

      We will be coming back to Gozo soon and I hope that you will still be there so that we can pop a bottle of champagne in your honour.

      Warmest wishes from Uccle

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