Thursday, 28 May 2009
Following recent criticism by the Gozo Tourism Association on the prevailing situation in the tourism sector, I accompanied Prof. Arnold Cassola and Ms. Yvonne Arqueros Ebejer, AD's two candidates for the European parliament, had the opportunity to visit one of Gozo's most attractive tourist site, Marsalforn Bay.
As the spokesperson for Gozo's AD Regional Committee and AD candidate for Gharb Local Council, I said that, "the state of utter neglect which stares you in the face when you visit this scenic bay, which is supposed to feature as one of Gozo's main touristic hubs, is a clear manifestation of the degradation of the Gozo's touristic product. As a result of this lethargic inaction in Marsalforn, those who are suffering the consequences in a direct way are the business outlets and the restaurants in the area."
"To mention a few examples; there is the broken breakwater, which has been left unrepaired for years, beachcleaning carried out without supervision, broken light units and pavements posing danger to the health and safety of passersby. Whilst the powers-that-be dream of grandiose plans and huge projects, they are incapable of taking care of even the most basic needs."
Arnold Cassola, Chairperson , Alternattiva Demokratika - The Green Party, and AD candidate for the June 6 MEP elections, declared, "if I or Vyonne Arqueros Ebejer are elected by the Maltese and Gozitan Electorate to the EP, we promise that we will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to include Gozo in all possible projects so that the Island of Three Hills, can emerge from its current state of total neglect and abandonment, mainly due to the state of inertia which characterises the island's administration, to a dedicated and determined hands-on approach towards immediate fulfillment of its great potential for job opportunities in the tourism sector." Prof Cassola concluded by saying, "Gozo and the Gozitans deserve much more than the limited visionary approach adopted by the current administration in Gozo."