Figures obtained by TVM show that on Santa Marija, 15 August, the Gozo Channel company operated 90 crossings, an increase of 14 trips over the same day last year. On Thursday a total of 21,870 passengers and 5,400 vehicles crossed over to Gozo.
Joe Muscat, Chief Executive of the Gozo Tourism Association, declared that this summer is being considered a record season, and those who left it until the last minute to book accommodation may have ended up disappointed.
“Reports in hand show demand is greater than availability of beds on Gozo. This means visitors who wish to come over to Gozo, both Maltese and foreigners, will be disappointed at not finding accommodation.”
On the feast of Santa Marija we spoke with several tourists and Maltese visitors, and asked why they had chosen Gozo as their destination for a holiday or a short break.
Joe Muscat said Gozo used to suffer from a seasonality problem, but this is slowly being overcome. Gozo, he added, is attracting tourists throughout the year, through various activities organised during the year.
“Gozo is projecting itself through particular niches like diving, country walks and others being developed, like adventure, abseiling and climbing. The island is slowly creating new products to attract visitors in winter and autumn.”