Gov­ern­ment de­ter­mined to keep Malta in pole po­si­tion as a nau­ti­cal tourism des­ti­na­tion

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Ad­dress­ing the prize-giv­ing cer­e­mony for the Rolex Mid­dle Sea Race yes­ter­day, Tourism Min­is­ter Ed­ward Zam­mit Lewis said that Malta of­fers a safe haven for yachts­men from all over the world. The coun­try’s rep­u­ta­tion as a nau­ti­cal des­ti­na­tion has been greatly en­hanced by the con­tin­u­ous devel­op­ment of our yacht mari­nas as well as the re­lated an­cil­lary ac­tiv­i­ties pro­vided to the yacht­ing and nau­ti­cal com­mu­nity in gen­eral.

In terms of Malta’s coastal tourism of­fer­ing, Dr Zam­mit Lewis noted that the gov­ern­ment had di­rected ef­forts to­wards the re­gen­er­a­tion of our har­bours and sur­round­ing ar­eas, as well as the sus­tain­able use of our mar­itime and coastal her­itage for tourism pur­poses.

As a tourist des­ti­na­tion, and po­ten­tially as a home for yachts­men, Malta may con­sider it­self priv­i­leged to pos­sess and dis­play the dual na­ture of a Mediter­ranean is­land des­ti­na­tion along with a rich and vi­brant ur­ban di­men­sion, said Dr Zam­mit Lewis.

“The gov­ern­ment aims to main­tain Malta in a lead­ing po­si­tion on the in­ter­na­tional yacht­ing map along with its rep­u­ta­tion, com­pet­i­tive­ness and lengthy tra­di­tion as a yacht­ing des­ti­na­tion. We are fo­cused on pro­mot­ing Malta as a high-qual­ity tourism des­ti­na­tion, reap­ing the ad­van­tage of our is­lands’ unique and dis­tinct fea­tures, par­tic­u­larly the di­ver­sity of tourism ex­pe­ri­ences they can of­fer”, he said.

Dr Zam­mit Lewis also ac­knowl­edged the con­sid­er­able po­ten­tial of sports tourism as an in­creas­ingly growing seg­ment. “The Mal­tese is­lands are be­ing pro­moted as suit­able des­ti­na­tions for a num­ber of out­door ac­tiv­ity hol­i­days such as div­ing, yacht­ing and sail­ing. We strongly be­lieve in the Mal­tese Is­lands as ideal des­ti­na­tions where sports and out­door ac­tiv­i­ties can be prac­ticed all year round.”

He made the point that the suc­cess of the 37th Rolex Mid­dle Sea Race had been a col­lec­tive ef­fort, and thanked all those who were – and still are –in­volved to make it hap­pen, while con­grat­u­lat­ing all the par­tic­i­pants and es­pe­cially the crews of the Ram­bler 88, which won the Mono­hull Line Hon­ours, Maserati, which won the Mul­ti­hull Line Hon­ours and the Over­all Win­ner – Mas­cal­zone Latino.

Tourism Min­is­ter Ed­ward Zam­mit Lewis

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