Supporting Gozo's ditinctive qualities and enhancing tourism
Tourism is one of the strongest sectors in the economy of Gozo. Providing and supporting projects offering a better tourism product is essential for the island’s economic prosperity. In this regard a number of projects have been implemented, including the improvement of interpretation facilities in heritage buildings in Gozo and Comino by Din l-Art Helwa, the publication of a book by the Gozo Philatelic Society called Gozo in Philately, as well as the provision of equipment for the residence of Karmni Grima, limits of Gharb, which will soon be re-opened as a museum by the administration of the Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary. A strong campaign promoting Gozo as a cruise liner destination has also been launched by the Tourism and Economic Development Directorate. Through the ecoGozo Action Plan, support has been provided to the organisation of both new and long-standing festivals, such as the International Folk Festival [Qala], which showcases Gozo’s traditional customs and folklore. Assistance was also provided to highquality festivals, such as Operas in Gozo, to improve their amenities and publicise their productions internationally, aiming to attract foreign visitors during the shoulder months. These projects included renovation works of the theatre facilities at the Astra Theatre, and the international marketing of the festival it produces annually, the replacement of an asbestos roof at the AuroraTheatre and the marketing of Gozo as a high-level destination for Baroque music through a high-quality Arts festival.