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ERDF 140: Discovering Cultural & Religious Tourism in Gozo

Project Cost: €317,881
Beneficiary: Ta’ Pinu National Shrine
Line Ministry: N/A
Start Date: 2009
End Date: 2014

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

This project has carried out restoration to religious works of art by Joseph Briffa and place them on display for public viewing at the Fine Arts Museum within the Ta’ Pinu National Shrine complex and has also carried out restoration and conservation works to the residence of Karmni Grima.

Operational Programme: OPI Investing in Competitiveness for a Better Quality of Life ERDF
Fund: European Regional Development Fund
Operational Objective: To support the upgrading of the tourism product;
Priority Axis: PA2 Promoting Sustainable Tourism
Focus Area Of Intervention: OPIPA2 Product Development

Project Objectives

Through this project, religious works of art of artist Joseph Briffa will be restored and placed for public viewing at the arts museum which already hosts the paintings of artist Emvin Cremona. The project will also help restore and convert into a religious museum the residence of Karmni Grima, the lady who heard the call from the Blessed Virgin.

Project Results

As a result of the implementation of this project:1) it is estimated that once the residence of Karmni Grima is restored and turned into a museum, 26% of the tourists visiting the Sanctuary of Ta Pinu will also pay a visit to the museum in its first years of operations;2) One person will be employed to oversee the museum

Project Purpose

This project should improve the tourist product on the Maltese Islands. As a result tourist operators in Gozo will most get a direct benefit from this, namely hotels and other self-catering accommodation establishments, restaurants, operators of car-hire and other transport services. Likewise their employees will also get a benefit as they will have a more secure job and could increase their earnings. In this context, the Ta’ Pinu National Shrine management intends to employ two persons on full-time as an attendant and operator at the Karmni Grima museum which is to be re-opened as a result of this project.