Gozo, one of three inhabited islands of the island group Malta, can be distinguished from the latter by its green nature, rustic atmosphere and its local identity. Gozo has both the beaches with a bathing water qualified “Excellent” and heritage sites, such as the Medieval Citadel or the world’s oldest temples of Ggantija recognised by UNESCO. Moreover, most of the local food and dishes in Gozo are 100% organic and it is one of the targets of the “Eco-Gozo island 2020” strategy. Gozo also promotes eco-education in schools and through different NGOs programs.
Gozo is focused on promoting sustainable tourism through a number of initiatives principally by:
- sustaining cultural initiatives within local communities and voluntary groups;
- promoting these cultural initiatives both nationally and abroad;
- sustaining tourism niches which are small scale but which can provide high value added to the local tourism economy;
- promoting Gozo not as a sun and sea destination but as a place where one can enjoy life within its diverse local communities;
- restore and protect Gozo’s cultural heritage
This destination participated in the 2019 Sustainable Top 100 Destination Awards at ITB Berlin by submitting a sustainable tourism story. Keywords: seasonality, cultural suport