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Gozo chosen as one of 50 most attractive tourist desinations

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Gozo chosen as one of 50 most attractive tourist desinationsFifty tourist destinations have been selected for their attractiveness to visitors interested in nature and cultural heritage, environment and sustainability. The QualityCoast Jury evaluated over 500 international tourist destinations in nine Southern European countries. The selected destinations are combined into the “QualityCoast 2011 – Southern European Top 50.”

Thirty indicators have been used for this evaluation. Each indicator reflects a distinctive aspect of sustainability. All Top 50 destinations have a clean environment; some are typical nature destinations whilst others are a typical cultural heritage destinations that have kept their own identity over time. The Top 50 destinations are located in Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Spain.

The QualityCoast jury consists of independent experts (including experts at high political level, experts from nature and environmental NGOs and of business associations), with experience in communities performance and sustainability, but also with a realistic vision of the national context.

Many islands are listed in the highest ranks of the Top 50. Islands such as Rab (Croatia), Kefalonia (Greece), Gozo (Malta), Azores (Portugal) and La Gomera (Spain) are making great efforts to preserve their identity and cultural heritage, to protect natural values and promote resilient and sustainable communities. Other destinations that deserve special reference are: Kouklia (Cyprus), Guéthary (France), Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuccoli Regional Park (Italy), Torres Vedras (Portugal) and the Danube Delta (Romania). These can be considered the ten most attractive destinations of southern Europe.

The “QualityCoast 2011 – Southern European Top 50” will be presented to international tour operators for inclusion in their websites and travel brochures. International tour operators stress the need of an independent programme like the QualityCoast program. Interest has already been confirmed to highlight QualityCoast Destinations in 2012 summer holiday brochures. The Top 50 will also be promoted through EUCC’s own media and public websites, including

The QualityCoast programme is co-financed by the European Commission. Sole responsibility for this programme lies with the EUCC. The programme has not been financed by tour operators nor by any national government, region, tourist board or any other body.

The QualityCoast 2011 – Southern European Top 50:

Croatia: Rab (island Rab)

Cyprus: Kouklia Limassol Paphos

France: Guéthary Gruissan Camargue Vendres Plage Serriera-Porto Fouesnant La Palmyre-La Tremblade Solenzara Ajaccio

Greece: Kefalonia Samos Chios Lesbos Naxos Zakynthos Rethymnon-Platanes Kos Lindos (Rhodos) Alonissos Ierapetra (Crete) Igoumenitsa Samothraki

Malta: Gozo

Italy: Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuccoli Regional Park Messina Cefalù Monte Argentario Porto Rotondo Arenzano Porto Venere Elba

Portugal: Azores (all islands) Torres Vedras Madeira Porto Santo Sintra Lagos Tavira – S. Luzia

Romania: Danube Delta Mangalia

Slovenia: Izola – Koper

Spain: La Gomera Bahia de Alcúdia (Mallorca) Sitges Formentera Menorca Costa Calma (Fuerteventura) Puerto del Carmen (Lanzarote) Es Figueral (Ibiza) Puerto Naos (La Palma).

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    6 Responses

    1. Charles Muscat says:

      Gozo is such a beautiful tranquil and peaceful island. Is it any wonder it is a favourite destination for holiday makers? I plead with all Maltese please look after your island

      Charles Muscat ( Melbourne, Australia)

    2. Joseph Vella says:

      Gozo could be even better if only the local councils could fix the roads and make them less hazardous. Some main roads especially the one from Qala to Xewkija and from Qala to Mgarr have been the same for over 50 years. Local councils, please think of how much more attractive to tourists your villages can be.

    3. Amand P. Vreanneman van Hoeck says:

      Please don’t blow your trumpets too fast. Its good to receive these award but do we deserve it. I believe first we have to clean up our country side of demolition waste,second to organise a better public transport system, third the accessibility to Gozo, more sports facilities, public indoor pool, tennis courts, mini golf and more water sports en recreational parks for children, improve the walking trails, signposting, roads and more and the last thing STOP ALL THE CONSTRUCTIONS BUILDINGS SITES ALL OVER GOZO and THIS FROM JUNE TILL NOVEMBER, our tourist staying most around the villages don’t need these works during there stay in Townhouses and farmhouse all over the Island. Hope the Authorities will learn to plan better there works as well. And please clean up the Beaches and mobile toilets near the important dive sites.And there is so much more to do. When all this is in place lets have the Award in the middle of Victoria as a statue and another tourist attraction. Could someone tell me how to find the tourist INFO office in the Capital??????? or is it a treasure hunt, find out ?????

    4. A. Grech says:

      Yes,I agree with the people that posted the comments.Yes,the Local councils should do something,but beleive me they don’t. The roads are pittiful. The goverment do not do any thing for Gozo,but they only care about Malta. If no body say any thing,nothing is going to be done. Fight for your rights.

    5. Peter Bartholomeus says:

      A few time I’ve visited Gozo as a tourist. The charm of the island is overwhelming, the people who live their so friendly. Yes, I agree with the comments published, but isn’t that the charm of the island…

      I don’t know how the local communities are working, but Gozo has something which we can’t find in other vacation sites…

      I would like to return and to settle myself and to start a little business as interior architect with a little B&B for guest from Belgium.

      Please keep on doing the good work and please save your island from mass tourism. A suggestion for the house Tat Torri in Xaghra and a suggestion for the Ulysses Lodge: transform them to art galleries and museums for modern art.. Both are so mysterious and so beautiful… Also very nice development is the Fort Chambray… keep on doing the good work, but don’t attract mass tourism. Greering from Brugge Belgium

    6. Jack Rydeheard says:

      I have been visiting Gozo for holidays for many years now, it is a beautiful island with wonderful people, please don’t ever let this island change.

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