With over 200,000 tourists visiting the village of Qrendi throughout the year, because of the historical heritage on offer through the Ħaġar Qim and Imnajdra temples, the Ministry for tourism and Consumer Protection has launched a pilot project in Qrendi as part of a new route for religious tourism.
For this reason, the Malta Tourism Authority has restored three statues in Qrendi, these being the one known as Tar-ruħ, ta’ Santa Marija u ta’ Lourdes. The Santa Marija statue has a story going back nearly 400 years.
During a media conference in the area known as Tal-Maqluba in Qrendi, Tourism Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli stated that religious tourism is one of the mainstays the country is envisaging, both from the local and from the international aspect.
The Minister explained that through this pilot project, a village of the likes of Qrendi which is steeped in history, tradition and religion, can offer a better tourist product to visitors.
The Malta Tourism Authority’s Director of Development Kevin Fsadni said this investment in local historical heritage shows the importance being given by the Authority to the product, particularly in small villages. Fsadni added this would not be possible without the involvement of local organisations.
Qrendi Mayor David Schembri thanked the Ministry and the Tourism Authority for creating awareness about the locality’s culture through this project. Schembri added that such projects are essential for the locality’s residents, and also for tourists visiting Qrendi.