07 AUGUST 2002
Although it is still early days, the Maltese are already invading Gozo
one of their favourite holiday destinations. Every year the number
of Maltese visiting Maltas sister island have been increasing.
Normally thousands of Maltese visit Gozo for the Santa Maria feast but
this year it seems that they are travelling to Gozo much earlier than
In Xlendi the three main hotels the Serena, St Patrick and San Anton - are practically fully booked. The St Patrick, at approximately Lm30 a night for bed and breakfast, is full while the San Anton, a bit more expensive, is also on the brink full occupancy while there are few spaces left at the Serena Hotel.
Joe Camilleri, Marketing Manager of the St Patrick Hotel is also issuing free accommodation for any child between one and 12 as long as they are accompanied by a parent or adult.
The same goes for farmhouses and holiday flats. Holiday flats are being rented at around Lm10 a night on average and Sidor Spiteri, one of the owners of such holiday flats said that the period following August would be the only time that one can find units for rent.
Marsalforn and Ramla Bay and their vicinities have the same problem
if it can be called that. Business is booming with space being
very limited for Maltese and tourists who looking to spend a couple
days in Gozo. Flats in villages are easier to find but still most of
the property owners believe they too will be taken up during the Santa
Maria week feasts.