Calendar of Events 2011

March

30th March – Signing of contract between Ministry for Gozo and GTA with regards financial assistance for the employment of full time CEO at GTA.

 

April

1st April – GTA council Meeting.

6th April – Recording of the TVM programme Ghawdex Illum with the participation of GTA Chairman Paul Scicluna and GTA Secretary Joe Muscat.

6th April – 1st Meeting between Mr. Manuel Tabone Director Tourism MGOZ and GTA Chief Executive Officer.

8th April – Halfday conference at ITS Gozo Navigate…..a career in tourism. A paper by Joe Muscat on job opportunities in the Gozitan Sector.

13th April – Meeting at GTA offices between Mr. Joe Muscat and Ms Christine Scerri Head guidance teacher at Sir M’Angelo Refalo Higher Secondary with regards Students summer jobs in the catering establishments.

14th April – Tourism Students Association full day conference at the Intercontinental Hotel titled transport and Accessibility, Issues, controversies and Innovations in Tourism. A Presentation by Joe Muscat entitled the pros and cons of a permanent link and its role in tourism.

15th April – Meeting with a Scottish Delegation between  GTA represented by Mr. Joe Muscat, Mr. Manuel Tabone and Mr. Tony Borg regarding possible youth exchanges between Scotland and Gozo.

15th April – The second meeting between Mr. Manuel Tabone and GTA Chief Executive Officer.

19th April – Meeting between GTA council and Mr. Alvin Grech GFA president regarding training Camps on Gozo.

19th April – GTA council meeting starting at 16.00hrs.

20th April – 6th Core module at Kempinski with regards to Advance Course. Several GTA council members and GTA members attended this session.

21st April – Meeting Gozo Tourism Association Council with CEO MTA Mr. Josef Formosa Gauci, Mr. Manuel Tabone, Ms. Mary Anne Portanier and Ms. Christine Vella.

26th April – Meeting at GTA with NSO Director General Mr. Michael Pace Ross, Mr. Manuel Tabone and GTA executive regarding the self catering statistics.

26th April – Meeting at GTA between CEO and Ms. Mary Anne Portanier with regards the new Gozo Tourism set up and the respective roles.

27th April – Meeting with Beatrice Hohler VIP-TV Reisen regarding Gozitan Establishment advertising on her Publication in Spanish and German Al Paraiso.

27th April – Meeting  at GTA between Ms Sandra Aquilina and GTA Executive  regarding the re-publication of the Let’s Gozo.

28th April – Meeting with Mr. Joseph Attard Landlord of GTA office premises, regarding the finalization of the lease of new premises.

 

May

May 2nd – Executive Meeting.

May 3rd – Meeting with a Media Delegation from Kan-Do Broadleaf Media from Scotland together with a rep from Luxol Sports Club with regards to participation in an EU funded Project called MEDIA SCHOOL in Malta.

May 3rd – GTA Council Meeting.

May 5th – Meeting between GTA CEO and the Mayor of St. Laurence regarding further co-operation, between local Council and GTA.

May 5th – Meeting between GTA and Christine Falzon representative of ICON regarding the development of the on line web portal and GTA web site.

May 9th – GTA Executive council Meeting.

May 9th – GTA Chairman and GTA CEO meets the Chairperson LAG Gozo with regards possible EU Funded marketing and promotion campaign for Gozo.

May 10th – Meeting between GTA CEO and Ms. Christine Vella Senior Head MTA Gozo Office, regarding further co-operation between the two entities.

May 12th – Meeting between GTA CEO and Ms. Maria Zammit Micallef Manager Gozo Office Malta Enterprise with regards further collaboration between GTA and Malta Enterprise.

May 12th – Meeting between GTA CEO and Ms Marisa Cauchi Hili from Massar Winery, Mr Joe Spiteri ta’ Mena Estate and Mr  Roger F Aquilina Oenologist, with regards to a joint proposal to establish a Gozo Brand project with the collaboration of GTA and these two Winerys.

May 14th – Meeting between GTA Chairman, GTA CEO and Rev. Fr. Jerry Buhagiar, Rector of Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary, with regards possible ventures in religious tourism.

May16th – GTA Executive Council Meeting.

May 17th – Meeting between GTA CEO and Mr. Anthony Zammit, Mr. Manuel Tabone from the Ministry for Gozo with regards ICER project funded by EU about Eco Accommodation.

May 17th – Meeting between GTA CEO and, Mr. Manuel Tabone Director Tourism from the Ministry for Gozo,  Mr Ivan Mifsud and Mr  Ian Vernau of Seatrade with regards Cruise ship in Gozo.

May 17th – Gozo Tourism Association Council Meeting.

May 20th – Gozo Tourism Association CEO attends annual General Meeting of Sectoral Committees of MEUSAC.

May 21st – GTA Delegation welcomes Dr. Gavin Gulia Labour Spokesman for Tourism at Mgarr Terminal, for a day visit to Gozo.

May 21st – GTA Council meets Dr. Gulia at GTA Offices.

May 21st – GTA Executive Council led by Chairman Mr. Paul Scicluna accompanied Dr. Gavin Gulia on visits to Hotel ta’ Cenc, Ta’ Mena Agri, Ix-Xemx Farmhouse  Xaghra and Zewwieqa Waterfront.

May 24th – Meeting between GTA CEO and Mr. Abrahams Said re possibility of import and export opportunities of local produce between Gozo and the Abruzzo region.

May 25th – Meeting between GTA CEO and Ms. Christine Vella Senior Head MTA Gozo Office with regards the licencing issues of several GTA members.

May 25th – Meeting between GTA CEO and Ms. Miriam Portelli, Nadur Mayor. During this meeting the issue of tables and chairs, the opening of tourist attractions and possible joint EU funding projects were discussed.

May 26th – Meeting between the GTA executive council and Dr. Chris Said. This meeting discussed the launch of a value for money scheme for the Gozitan touristic Establishments, and the GTA proposal of acting as a DMC for Government sponsored small conferences on Gozo.

May 26th – Meeting for the selfcatering section at the NGO centre with regards the collating of accommodation data for the self catering sector. Director General NSO, Mr. Michael Pace Ross addressed those present.

May 27th – Meeting attended by GTA CEO and Executive Clerk held at the Ninu Cremona boys school to discuss the careers weeks held in April, 2011.

May 27th – Meeting between GTA CEO and Mr. Donatello Pisani of the Body Forge Gym with regards to possible adverting ventures between GTA and his gym.

May 30th – Meeting between GTA executive council and Christine Falzon from ICON regarding the Web booking portal.

May 30th – Meeting between GTA CEO and Mr. Alvin Grech GFA President with regards to football training camps to Gozo between January and April, 2012.

May 31st – GTA Council Meeting.

 

June

June 1st – Meeting between GTA CEO and Mr. Reuben Vassallo from the Gozo Taxis Association with regards to co-operation between the two entities.

June 1st – Meeting between GTA CEO and the Baron Group Directors with regards several issues concerning tourism on Gozo.

June 2nd – Meeting between GTA CEO and Dr. Victor Bajada with regards to co-operation between both parties in connection with a new Tour Operator from UK who intends to promote Gozo.

June 3rd – Meeting at Ministry for Gozo attended by representatives from Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Tourism and Ministry for Gozo and the GTA CEO with regards the SME week being organized in October with a Agro Theme.

June 3rd – Meeting between GTA executive council, Jo Caruana, and John Falzon from Keen Advertising regarding the publication of the Lets Gozo.

June 6th till June 10th – GTA is represented by CEO to a study visit on eco accommodation on an invitation by the Ministry for Gozo to Auvergne in France as part of the EU funded ICER project.

June 13th – On site meeting at Qbajjar with Officials from the Gozo Ministry and the Ministry Architect with regards The Qbajjar pavement infront of Chez Amand.

June 14th – GTA CEO attended half day seminar held at Kempinski Hotel and Spa on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the setting up of Gozo Civic Council.

June 14th – GTA Council Meeting.

June 16th – GTA council headed by Chairman Paul Scicluna meets Minister for Gozo. During this meeting a presentation on the Gozo Tourism state of affairs was given to Minister.

June 16th – GTA CEO attended public meeting at a Hotel in Mgarr about the proposed tunnel between Gozo and Malta.

June 17th – GTA executive council met Dr. Mario Demarco Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Environment and Culture. During this meeting the Gozitan Tourism state of affairs was discussed.

June 17th – GTA CEO meets Economist Dr. Gordon Cordina with regards a report related to tourism which GTA intends to commission.

June 20th – GTA office premises moved down a floor in the same block of offices at No 4 ta’ Mliet Court Gorg Borg Olivier Street Victoria.

June 21st – GTA office starts operating from new and more spacious offices.

June 22nd – GTA CEO attends and address meeting organized by the Ministry for Gozo for the Marsalforn water front tourist establishments.

June 23rd – GTA CEO meets Mr. Alex Galea from the allied Newspapers with regards the Lets Gozo republication.

June 23rd – GTA CEO meets Jo Caruana from writemeanything regarding the first titles for the Lets Gozo scheduled for September, 2011.

June 27th – GTA CEO meets Mr. George Larry Zammit with regards possible co-operation between Arkadia and GTA in the Lets Gozo.

June 30th – GTA CEO attends meeting of the Gozo Regional Committee within MCESD.

 

July

July 4th – GTA executive council meeting.

July 4th – GTA CEO meets Mr. Christopher Cuschieri with regards soft furnishings to the GTA Offices.

July 5th – GTA CEO interviews Ms Anabel Cordina with regards to the Sales Executive Post.

July 5th – GTA CEO interviews Ms Emanuela Parnis with regards to the Sales Executive Post.

July 6th – GTA CEO interviews Mr. Joseph Buttigieg with regards to the Sales Executive Post.

July 6th – GTA CEO interviews Mr. Denis Dimech with regards to the Sales Executive Post.

July 7th – GTA CEO meets Qala Mayor Mr. Paul Buttigieg at the Qala Local Council.

July 8th – GTA CEO meets Director for Tourism Mr. Manuel Tabone and Ms Nadine Brincat with regards to Mice Business to Gozo.

July 11th – GTA CEO meets Ms. Christine Vella Head MTA Gozo Office.

July 11th – GTA CEO interviews Ms Joanne Gatt with regards to the Sales Executive Post.

July 12th 2011 – GTA Council meeting.

July 13th – Meeting at Gozo Ministry with regards to placing of tables and chairs at Qbajjar.

July 14th – Meeting between GTA CEO and representatives of Blade Runners Helicopter services.

July 14th – Meeting between GTA CEO and Keen Advertising and Sales Executive.

July 18th – Meeting between GTA CEO and representatives of Blade Runners Helicopter services.

July 18th – Meeting between GTA CEO and Keen Advertising and Sales Executive.

July 18th – Meeting between GTA CEO and Victoria Gozo Banif Branch Manager Ms. Marie Josette Vella Magro regarding further collaboration between the two entities.

July 19th – Meeting between GTA CEO and Victoria Gozo Banif Branch Manager Ms. Marie Josette Vella Magro regarding further collaboration between the two entities.

July 19th – Meeting between GTA CEO and Permanent Secretary at the Gozo Ministry Mr. Joe Scerri regarding the Lets Gozo.

July 20th – GTA executive let by Chairman Paul Scicluna met representatives of the Malta Union of Tourists Guides.

July 21st – GTA council members attended a presention by Economist Gordon Cordina on the Human Resource Strategy for Gozo.

July 22nd – GTA CEO meets owners and operators of accommodation establishment Dar ta’ Zeppi.

July 27th – GTA CEO meets GTA transport section with regards the priority boarding.

July 27th – GTA CEO attends a meeting for the Gozitan Diving Schools regarding the Tauchernet project sponsored by the Ministry for Gozo and Gozitan Diving Schools.

July 28th – GTA CEO participates in a discussion radio programme on RTK.

July 29th – GTA CEO represents GTA during a MICE meeting held at MTA and attended also by Director for Tourism within Ministry for Gozo and head marketing Gozo unit MTA.

 

August

August 1st – GTA CEO represents GTA during a meeting at the Ministry for Gozo in connection with the SME week scheduled for the first week in November, 2011.

August 5th – GTA CEO meets a Christian Schembri in connection with the setting up of a task force to help in the implementation of several touristic initiatives.

August 8th – GTA CEO meets Mr. John Falzon from Keen Advertising in connection with the Lets Gozo Magazine.

August 9th – GTA Executive headed by Chairman Mr. Paul Scicluna meets Gozo Channel Chairman Dr. Joseph Grech.

August 9th – GTA Council Meeting.

August 13th – GTA CEO participates in a Radio discussion programme on RTK.

August 17th – GTA CEO meets Ms Claire Xuereb from Gozo Ministry in connection with placing of tables and chairs in Qbajjar.

August 17th – GTA CEO meets Mr. Eric Bartolo with regards participation in Miranda Food Fair.

August 17th – GTA executive council meets Minister for Gozo Hon Giovanna Debono.

August 18th – GTA Chairman and CEO represents GTA during a consultation meeting with the Norwegian team who is conducting a preliminary study in connection with the Gozo Malta under sea bed tunnel.

August 18th – GTA executive led by Chairman Paul Scicluna meets a Gozitan accommodation entrepreneur in connection with future accommodation project.

August 22nd – GTA CEO meets Mr. John Falzon from Keen Advertising in connection with the setting up of a web portal for GTA.

August 22nd – GTA CEO attends a meeting at the Gozo Ministry in connection with the SME week.

August 22nd – GTA CEO meets Lets Gozo Editor Ms Jo Caruana.

August 23rd – GTA executive led by Chairman Paul Scicluna met MTA CEO Mr. Josef Formosa Gauci at the newly refurbished MTA Gozo offices.

August 24th – GTA CEO represents GTA during a meeting held at the MMA offices in Mgarr with regards the upkeep and cleanliness of the Mgarr Marine.

August 25th – GTA Chairman and GTA CEO represents GTA during a GRC meeting.

August 29th – GTA executive council led by GTA Chairman Paul Scicluna meets a delegation from the Gozo University Group (GUG) led by its President Mr. Ryan Mercieca.

August 30th – GTA executive council led by GTA Chairman Paul Scicluna meets a delegation from ETC in connection with future ETC courses aimed towards the tourist industry.

August 31st – GTA CEO attends a meeting at the Gozo Ministry in connection with the SME week.

 

September

September 2nd – GTA CEO attends meeting in connection with garbage collection and bring in sites attended by Gozo Ministry officials, representative of Green MT and various Mayors of Gozitan localities.

September 5th – Meeting between GTA CEO and Mr. Kevin Sciberras Head of Gozo Culture Committee.

September 6th – Gozo Tourism Association council meeting.

September 7th – Meeting between Lets Gozo Editor Jo Caruana and GTA CEO to finalise the magazine before going to print the first issue of the Lets Gozo.

September 12th – Meeting between Banif Gozo Branch Manager Ms. Marie Josette Vella Magro and GTA CEO.

September 13th – GTA is represented by its CEO at a MEUSAC seminar at the Grand Hotel Mgarr in connection with Malta’s actions in the fields of waste and noise management.

September 15th – GTA CEO meets prospective Gozitan investor in a new tourist attraction on Gozo.

September 16th – GTA CEO meets a University Student in connection with  his dissertation on a Tourism Marketing Plan for Gozo.

September 16th – GTA Chairman presents to the Minister for Gozo copies of the publication Lets Gozo.

September 18th – The first issue of the magazine Lets Gozo was distributed with the Sunday Times of Malta having a distribution of 40,000 copies.

September 19th – GTA CEO attends meeting at the Gozo Ministry in connection with the SME week activity.

September 20th – The first issue of the Lets Gozo Magazine was uploaded for the first time on the web site www.letsgozo.com.mt.

September 23rd – GTA CEO delivers a Paper entitled Tourism and its impact on Rural Gozo during a half day seminar in connection with the Charter of European Rural Communities organized by the Nadur Local Council who is also the Malta representative in the Charter Project.

September 27th – GTA chairman Mr. Paul Scicluna and GTA CEO meets representative from Systembau Horst Babinsky GMBH and World Squash Federation Chairman, in connection with possible squash facilities investment in Gozo.

September 28th – GTA council Meeting.

September 29th – GTA council led by Chairman, Mr. Paul Scicluna, meets Dr. Anton Refalo LL.D Labour Party spokesman for Gozo, at the Ta’ Cenc Hotel, to discuss Gozo Tourism.

 

October

October 6th – GTA Chairman Paul Scicluna and GTA CEO Joe Muscat represents GTA during a meeting between Gozo Regional Committee and Mr. Alfred Camilleri Permanent Secretary Ministry for Finance with regards Budget 2012 proposals.

October 7th – GTA CEO attends another meeting at the Ministry for Gozo regarding the European SME Week.

October 12th – GTA CEO meets delegation from Delicat Winery regarding the TIPIKU Event as part of the SME week.

October 12th – GTA CEO summoned for  a meeting at MTA offices with MTA CEO and Director Tourism within the Minsitry for Gozo regarding Foreign Tour Operators featuring Gozitan Farmhouses.

October 13th – GTA council members led by GTA Chairman Mr. Paul Scicluna attends a business Breakfast at the Kempinski Hotel with regards budget 2012. This business breakfast was addressed by Minister for Finance.

October14th – GTA delegation led by GTA Chairman Mr. Paul Scicluna attends a meeting with Dr. Mario Demarco Parliarmentary Secretary for Tourism.

October 19th – GTA CEO represents GTA during a meeting of the PPCD at the MCC.

October 20th – GTA CEO represents GTA during a meeting convened at the Ministry for Tourism to discuss the Tourism Policy for the Maltese Islands.

October 21st – GTA CEO attends a meeting at the Ministry for Gozo in connenction with the European SME week.

October 21st – GTA CEO meets Mr. Nick Bilocca from Frank Salt Ltd with regards the Lets Gozo.

October 24th – GTA CEO meets Mr. Brian Meilak from Baron Group with regards the Lets Gozo.

October 25th – GTA CEO meets Chev Tony Coleiro and Dr. Nicola Bellodi, Chief Executive and General Director of Ennecimedia S.r.l regarding the publication Be Quality & Style magazine.

October 25th – GTA Council meeting chaired by Mr. Paul Scicluna.

October 26th – GTA CEO attends meeting at the Gozo Ministry in connenction with the Tipiku Event.

October 28th – GTA represented by CEO and Joanne Formosa attend a meeting in connection with the Careers Week 2012.

 

November

November 1st – GTA CEO attends meeting at the Gozo Ministry in connenction with the Tipiku Event.

November 2nd – GTA CEO attends a meeting with Director General EU Affairs Gozo Ministry in connection with an EU funded project on Human resources in the Gozitan Tourism Trade.

November 2nd – GTA CEO meets Ms Beatrice Hoiller from the Al Parasio Magazine.

November 2nd – GTA CEO attends Dinner with FF Rondonee Representatives who are in Gozo to conduct a study on a coastal walk on the North of Gozo.

November 3rd – GTA is represented by CEO during a meeting on the update of the Tourism Policy 2012 2017.

November 4th – GTA members led by Chairman Mr. Paul Scicluna attend a conference on Rural Tourism at the Grand Hotel. GTA CEO delivered a paper entitled The Tourism Operators’ Perspective to Rural Tourism in Gozo.

November 5th – GTA through its members collaborated with Ministry for Gozo and MTA during an evening event named TIPIKU featuring local cuisine at the Main Square in Victoria. GTA Executive Officer Joanne Formosa manned also the cash point of this event.

November 6th – GTA through its CEO participates on the Gozo Stand within the MTA stand during the World Travel Market held in London between November 6th and November 10th, 2011.

November 7th – GTA represented by Executive Officer Joanne Formosa attends a meeting at Keen Advertising together with Editor Jo Caruana in connection with the November Issue of Lets Gozo.

November 11th – GTA executive council led by Chairman Paul Scicluna met Dr. Justyne Caruana, Labour Party Gozitan MP. During this lengthy cordial meeting several issues concerning tourism in Gozo were discussed.

November 15th – GTA council Meeting presided over by Chairman Mr. Paul Scicluna.

November 16th – The fourth edition of the Gozitan Tourism Worker of the year Award was announced and invitations for nominations were announced.

November 20th – The second issue of the GTA magazine Lets Gozo was published and circulated with the Sunday Times of Malta.

November 21st – GTA CEO meets Director Tourism and Economic Development and Mr. Peter Sultana Sunspot area Manager for Malta at the Ministry for Gozo.

November 23rd – GTA represented by CEO and Joanne Formosa attend a meeting in connection with the Careers Week 2012.

November 23rd – GTA is represented by Chairman Paul Scicluna and CEO during a Gozo Regional Council meeting.

November 24th – GTA is represented by CEO during a meeting on the update of the Tourism Policy 2012 2017.

November 24th – Several GTA members attends the Graduation Ceremony of the Advance Course, which they successful followed at the Golden Sands Hotel.

November 28th – GTA Chairman Paul Scicluna and GTA CEO attend a meeting at the Cirkewwa Terminal together with Mr. Rueben Said Manager Transport Malta. This was followed by another meeting at the Mgarr Terminal. The issues discussed were in relation with more parking bays for loading and unloading at both terminals.

November 28th – GTA is represented by CEO during a  board meeting of the Institute of Travel Tourism and Culture of the Universtity of Malta.

November 29th – GTA council meeting.

November 30th – GTA is represented by CEO during a meeting on the update of the Tourism Policy 2012 2017.

 

December

December 1st – GTA is represented by CEO during a meeting on the update of the Tourism Policy 2012 2017.

December 5th – GTA CEO attends a meeting at MTA in connection with a MICE promotion campaign for Gozo.

December 7th – Closing date for nominations for the Tourism Worker of the year Award.

December 14th – GTA CEO meets representatives of one of the Open top Coaches operating in Gozo.

December 15th – GTA CEO meets representatives of the Accountants firm 3a who recently opened their offices in Gozo.

December 15th – The Judging Panel of the Tourism Worker of the Year Award led by the Chairman Dr. Peter Fenech met to evaluate the nominations received and select the winner.

December 16th – GTA CEO meets ETC Gozo Manager Mr. Marcel Bonnici in connection with the Tourism Worker of the Year Award.

December 16th – GTA executive council led by Mr. Paul Scicluna attends a meeting at MTA regarding the Tourism Policy 2012-2017.

December 16th – GTA is represented by CEO during a meeting on the update of the Tourism Policy 2012 2017.

December 19th – The Tourism Worker of the Year Award was won by Mr. Frank Camilleri a 24 year old Waiter. The announcement was done during an event held at the Kempinski in San Lawrenz. This event was attended by the Acting President Mr. Anton Tabone, The Minister for Gozo Hon Giovanna Debono, Parliamentary Secretary Hon. Dr Chris Said, Hon Dr. Anton Refalo Labour Spokesman for Gozo and Mr. Frederick Azzopardi as well as MTA CEO Josef Formosa Gauci. After wards those present including GTA members were invited for the festive season drinks and nibbles.

December 20th – GTA  CEO  attends a meeting in connection with the Careers Week 2012.

December 21st – GTA CEO meets Mr. Steven Vella who is part of a team working on the Environmental Impact Assessment of the Marsalforn Breakwater.

December 23rd – GTA CEO meets Keen Advertising personel in connection with the third issue of the Lets Gozo.

December 26th – GTA CEO meets Arkadia Marketing Ltd representative in connection with the magazine Lets Gozo.

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