Jobs in Gozo’s rural tourism discussed at ICER conference
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A conference entitled ‘Improving the Tourism Offer in Rural Regions’ took place yesterday, the aim of which was to highlight a number of best practices and recommendations for an improved tourism product with case-studies from the island of Gozo as identified during the course of the ICER Project (Innovative Concept of Eco-Accommodation Approach in Rural Regions).
The conference also offered suggestions and recommendations on how to deal with the improvement of tourism offers in rural areas.
Stakeholders from the tourism sector, both foreign and local, shared their experiences and discuss the best practices identified by the seven partner regions participating in the ICER Project.
The ICER project, which will cost around € 1.8m, is being co-financed by INTERREG IVC Programme of the European Regional Development Fund and is expected to be concluded by the end of this year.
The overall objective of the INTERREG IVC Programme is to improve the effectiveness of regional policies and instruments. A project builds on the exchange of experiences among partners who are ideally responsible for the development of their local and regional policies. Gozo is participating together with entities that come from rural regions in France, Ireland, Hungary, Estonia, Finland and Italy.
The Minister for Gozo opened the conference and said that “rural tourism in Gozo increases job opportunities for Gozitan youth. Through this niche tourism, we will attract more tourists to Gozo and therefore increase trade and business on the island.”
The Minister continued by saying that diving on Gozo has proved to be a successful niche market, proving the potential for a different type of tourism.