Airlink between Malta and Gozo still a necessity - GTA
The Gozo Tourism Association still believes that investing on an airlink will further improve and enhance accessibility to Gozo.
In its budget proposals, it appealed to the government to take a courageous decision in favour of an airstrip on Gozo.
"We leave it to more competent authorities to decide on the site where such an airstrip would be located," it said.
In its proposals, the GTA said Gozo Channel should consider the introduction of seasonal fares. The seasonality element of Gozo should also be reflected in the ferry crossing fares as it is reflected on the accommodation rates.
The association proposed the introduction of a seasonal ticketing system considering January, February, November and December to be low season, March, April, May and October to be mid-season and June, July, August and September to be high season.
During the low and mid seasons all crossings between 4 p.m. and 4 a.m. should be charged at rates relative to the Gozitan residents fare.
Tourism stakeholders would be willing to take part in any schemes promoting special crossing to encourage visitors from the domestic market.
GTA proposed infrastructural investment in other cruise berthing facilities off Mgarr and Marsalforn, to offer alternative berthing facilities in Gozo in bad weather.
On water and electricity, the association said that the present charges were no longer sustainable and unless reduced would have grave repercussions on the tourism sector on Gozo.
It proposed that all tourist establishments in Gozo should be charged domestic, rather than commercial rate.
It said that if the hotels capping system was to be retained, that for hotels in Gozo should be different than it was on hotels in Malta to reflect the seasonality element.
The GTA's proposals can be read in the pdf link below.