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    Press Release: AD-making a difference to Gozo 04 07 07 Regarding the recently announced launch of a shuttle bus service from the airport to Cirkewwa, Dr. Harry
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 4, 2007
      Press Release: AD-making a difference to Gozo
      04 07 07

      Regarding the recently announced launch of a shuttle bus service from the airport to Cirkewwa, Dr. Harry Vassallo, chairperson of Alternattiva Demokratika - Green Party (AD) said that AD welcomed the government's decision to partially implement AD's policy of introducing this innovative scheme. "Services such as this are an essential investment in stimulating the Gozitan economy and it is only socially just that some profits are utilized to enable more tourists to visit Gozo during what we perceive to be our winter season".

      "With the addition of a luggage check-in and handling service, Gozo would be able to attract more independent travelers availing of new low cost flights. The fact that the government has confined the provision of this service only until September illustrates how blinkered it is in terms of the enormous potential of 'winter' tourism in Gozo. Our winter equates to fine spring weather from the perspective of many of our visitors. AD reiterates the urgent need for a permanent provision of a shuttle bus service to and
      from the airport to Cirkewwa, preferably to the terminal in Mgarr, finishing in Victoria."

      The decline in tourism has resulted in further unemployment in Gozo and has become a source of grave concern to the community. However, given that it is still an ideal destination, Gozo warrants much greater autonomous accessibility.

      AD believes that direct links between Sicily and other Mediterranean islands directly to the island of Gozo, both by seaplane and by catamaran, should be established.

      "Although the Ministry for Gozo has so far failed to keep its promised deadline to re-introduce the air-link between Malta and Gozo, Alternattiva Demokratika welcomes the news that a seaplane passenger service will be commencing soon. AD stresses that rather than concentrating all commuting services in Mgarr harbour, the development of a harbour to facilitate passenger seaplanes in Marsalforn is warranted. �

      Dr. Vassallo concluded by asserting that, "if the government really believes that Gozo should be marketed as a distinct tourist destination, a direct catamaran and seaplane service from Gozo to Sicily should be explored. Innovative thinking and action are required immediately. Gozitans are sick and tired of words - they demand and deserve action."

      Victor Fiorini
      PRO
      7927 8275




      Stqarrija Stampa: AD taghmel id-differenza f�Ghawdex
      04 07 07

      Waqt li kien qed jindirizza konferenza stampa gewwa Marsalforn, ic-Chairperson tal-Alternattiva Demokratika (AD) Dr Harry Vassallo qal li AD tilqa� bi pjacir id-decizjoni tal-Gvern li ser jimplimenta parti minn dak li ilha tissugerixxi Alternattiva Demokratika, billi jintroduci servizz dirett b�karozza tal-linja mill-ajruport ta� Malta sac-Cirkewwa. "Servizzi bhal dawn huma essenzjali sabiex l-ekonomija t�Ghawdex tikber, u huwa gust li parti mill-proffitti li isiru jigu uzati sabiex Ghawdex igwadi ukoll mis-settur turistiku, specjalment fl-istagun tax-xitwa.�

      "Kieku l-gvern izid servizz ta� check-in ta� bagalji gewwa Ghawdex stess, ikun jista� jaghmilha aktar facli ghal turisti indipendenti li jzuru Ghawdex kif ukoll tkun aktar facli ghall-Ghawdxin li jkunu jridu jsiefru. Il-fatt li l-gvern qed jillimita ruhu ghal servizz ta� shuttle bus service mill-ajruport sac-Cirkewwa sa Settembru li gej biss, juri kemm il-Gvern mhux qed jifhem il-potenzjal ta� turizmu fix-xitwa gewwa Ghawdex. Ix-xitwa taghna, ghal hafna turisti tfisser rebbiegha. Alternattiva Demokratika terga ssostni li hemm bzonn ta� servizz direttament mill-ajruport ta� Malta ghal Ghawdex, preferibilment jasal sar-Rabat Ghawdex�.

      It-tnaqqis fit-turizmu wassal ghal iktar qaghad gewwa Ghawdex u dan sar kawza ta� preokkupazzjoni ghall-komunita� kollha. Madankollu, peress li Ghawdex xorta ghadu destinazzjoni ideali, Alternattiva Demokratika tinsisti li hemm bzonn ta� iktar awtonomija ghal din il-Gzira fejn jidhol turismu. �Ma jistax ikun li Ghawdex jibqa jiddependi mill-frak li jifdal f�Malta, ghalhekk Alternattiva Demokratika temmen li ghandu jkun hemm servizz ta� ajruplan tal-bahar u katamaran minn Sqallija u pajjizi ohra fil-Mediterran direttament lejn Ghawdex.�

      "Ghalkemm il-Ministeru ta� Ghawdex s�issa ma zammx kelmtu fid-data li kellu jintroduci l-ajruplan tal-bahar minn Malta ghal Ghawdex, Alternattiva Demokratika xorta tilqa� l-ahbar li dan ser isehh dalwaqt. Alternattiva Demokratika temmen li minnflok ma tizdied l-attivita� fil-port tal-Imgarr Ghawdex, l-izvillup tal-port gewwa Marsalforn sabiex jilqa� l-ajruplan tal-bahar minn pajjizi ohra hija proposta li taghmel sens.�

      Dr. Vassallo ikkonkluda billi qal li �jekk il-gvern verament jemmen li Ghawdex ghandu potenzjal bhala destinazzjoni turistika, mela wasal iz-zmien li tigi esplorata l-idea ta� vjaggi diretti minn Sqallija ghal Ghawdex permezz ta� catamaran u ajruplan tal-bahar. Hemm bzonn immedjat ta� ideat u investimenti innovattivi. L-Ghawdxin xebghu mill-weghdi u paroli � issa jridu il-fatti.�

      Victor Fiorini
      PRO
      7927 8275
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