GTA calls for Gozo to be cleaned up and properly maintained
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The Gozo Tourism Association has said that develoment and maintenance of the tourism product is the key to increasing the diversity, distinctiveness and appeal of Gozo for both foreign and local visitors. The Association said that if Gozo is to keep on attracting tourists and higher spending visitors, much more has to be done in the upkeep and maintenance of the Island’s touristic product.
The GTA went on the say, that, for the umpteenth time, it is calling on Government, both central and local, to take proper care of the upkeep and maintenance of the tourism product on the Island of Gozo. The GTA council said it is concerned that during the height of the summer season, when Gozo is welcoming more than usual of both foreign and local tourists, certain frequented resorts and tourist spots still lack any proper organisation or maintenance.Being such a small Island, Gozo should not pose any great difficulty to maintain or keep clean or properly organized. Such upkeep and maintenance generally only involves manpower and with very little financial investment or EU funding necessary. The removal of disused trailers from our resorts, or the renewal of missing information signs from the salt pans and the replacement of the old oil tanks which are currently used as litter bins on Gozo’s ten beaches by modern ones, certainly does not require any extraordinary efforts to implement, the GTA said.
In this regard, it is distorted, that while the island is being marketed as a beautiful natural destination, when it is visited it is so obviously lacking in proper upkeep or maintenance. The photographs which were recently received by the Association, taken by a foreign couple who spend their holiday in Gozo every year, are ample proof, that those responsible are totally unaware of what is lacking in the product Gozo is offering.
The Association concluded by saying that to improve the overall touristic product and provide an authentic Gozitan experience, both central and local government need to make concentrated and united efforts in systematically caring for and maintaining our tourist resorts and attractions, not only during the summer months, but also throughout the entire year.