Senglea - European destination of excellence for aquatic tourism
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Senglea - European destination of excellence for aquatic tourism

Senglea has been recognised as a European destination of excellence for aquatic tourism in an EU co-funded project, aimed at promoting sustainable tourism models across Europe.

The project centres round the organisation of annual national competitions managed by the relevant tourism bodies and backed by the European Commission. Each participating country selects one ‘European destination of excellence’.

The main objective of the award is to draw attention to the values, diversity and common features of European tourist destinations.

It enhances the visibility of emerging destinations and creates a platform for sharing good practices across Europe.

A special focus is put on those destinations which are less known and which manage their tourism industry in a sustainable way while enhancing both their environmental and traditional socio-cultural aspects.

This year’s theme for the competition was Aquatic Tourism, targeting coastal localities which have implemented a sustainable aquatic tourism-related project in the past three years.

Nine localities in Malta applied for this award.

Senglea’s main project for the event was the Senglea Maritime Festival, a full-day event, held in May last year aimed at reinforcing its identity as a maritime city and raise awareness about its historical marine ties.

The festival was centred round re-enactments, marches, tours, exhibitions and other activities offering visitors a unique way to learn about this naval base and its socio-cultural characteristics.

The festival is being held again this year on June 5 and 6.

Gharb, Birgu and San Lawrenz in Gozo were also recognised for their great efforts and achievements in their localities.

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