Charlayne Galea, a diving company secretary based in Xlendi, won the Worker of the Year award in the tourism sector organised by the Gozo Tourism Association.
During the award ceremony brothers Ġużeppi and George Said were recognised for their contribution and investments in the Gozitan tourism sector, while Daniel Cilia was honoured for promoting Gozo with publications and photography and Ivan Mifsud for his commitment in favour of the cruise sector for Gozo.
Similar to Malta, Gozo is facing a great challenge to attract Gozitan youths to work in tourism.
In order to recognise and thank current workers and at the same time encourage other persons to enter the industry, the Gozo Tourism Association organised the 12th edition of the Gozo Tourism Awards.
Winner Charlayne Galea has been working as secretary of a diving company for the past 18 years. Positive comments by tourists have encouraged members of the judging panel to award her the Worker of the Year Award.
“If a client encounters some problem we try to assist him so that his Gozo holiday will be a pleasant one”, Charlayne said.
The Youth Worker of the Year was won by Meghan Cauchi who works as assistant reservations manager at an Għajnsielem hotel, while Francis Azzopardi won the entrepreneur award for his Calypso trackless trains concept. The award for cultural and social tourism went to the Environmental Education Centre at Dwejra.
For the first time an award was given to Mifsud Brothers as a non-Gozitan organisation that worked in favour of tourism in Gozo. This year, the tourist agency will bring the 100th cruise liner to Gozo.
GTA chief executive, Joe Mifsud, said that Gozo is facing a big competition as a destination however these challenges are being overcome through the assistance of programmes and cultural initiatives, while prospects for the year are encouraging.
Tourism Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli said that, together with the Gozo Minister, she will draft specific programmes and initiatives to strengthen the Gozitan tourist sector.