Maltese islands Gozo and Comino awarded the Quality Coast Gold Award
Friday 15, June 2012
The Malta Tourism Authority is delighted to announce that Malta’s sister islands, Gozo and Comino, have been ranked as the third most sustainable tourist destination amongst the best 100 European coastal destinations in the Quality Coast Awards.
These awards aim to promote coastal destinations that offer scenic beauty as well as local identity, natural and cultural heritage together with a clean maritime environment. The prestigious Quality Coast Awards also serve as guidance for tour operators to promote sustainable destinations amongst tourists who seek this type of tourism.
The selection process of the Quality Coast Awards promoted by the EUCC-Coastal Marine Union, includes an extensive evaluation exercise undertaken by an independent international jury. This exercise is based upon 120 different indicators under 20 different criteria that relate to nature, environment, local identity, society and economy. Some 800 coastal and inland destinations were evaluated in this year’s edition.
Alex Incorvaja, UK & Ireland Director for the Malta Tourism Authority commented: “This highly prized classification, following a rigorous judging process, comes as a great acknowledgement of all that has been done and that which is being done with regards to sustainable development for Gozo. The criteria upon which the Quality Coast Awards are based is directly in line with the aims and strategy of the Government of Gozo's eco Gozo vision for rural and responsible tourism to protect the Gozitan lifestyle and preserve the island’s environment. This award demonstrates the Maltese commitment to improving quality of life and experience for both our residents and our growing number of UK visitors. ”
This was the second consecutive year in which Gozo participated in the Quality Coast Awards – collecting gold this year following last year’s top ten bronze position.
or more information on the Maltese Islands please visit www.visitmalta.com
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