Over half a million (501,907) passengers and 156,343 vehicles crossed the channel from Malta to Gozo over the Christmas period - from the beginning of December 2018 to the 6th of January 2019.
The figures indicate an increase of 8 per cent in passenger figures and 11 per cent in vehicle figures, compared to the same period last year.
The 30th of December, which was a Sunday, was the busiest day of the period, with 25,186 people and 5,670 cars travelling to Gozo over 76 journeys operated by the Gozo Channel ferry company.
Joe Muscat, CEO of the Gozo Tourism Association, said that this was the best result in recent years. He said that Gozitan hotels and farmhouses had reported strong demand and high occupancy rates, from Maltese tourists as well as foreign visitors, while restaurants on the island had had an extraordinarily busy week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana said that the increased flood of visitors was attributable to the efforts of the Ministry for Gozo, which had sought to organise an extensive programme during the festive season, which appealed to all.
Meanwhile, Joe Borg, on behalf of the Gozo Business Chamber, said that the Christmas in Gozo Campaign, organised by the same Ministry, which advertised Gozo as the ideal location to spend the holidays, had surely had a positive impact on tourist figures.