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€1.50 THURSDAY 18 APRIL 2019 • ISSUE 4 WWW.BUSINESSTODAY.COM.MT Parliament backs Gozo-Malta tunnel LIAM CARTER GOZO is expecting a bumper Easter weekend as businesses gear up for the annual Mal- tese exodus, industry players have told BusinessToday. With schools closed for the holidays, Gozitan entre- preneurs are expecting this weekend to be "the busiest period" during the year, sur- passing the carnival week- end, which saw thousands of revelers fl ock to Gozo. Easter is the busiest peri- od for us, said Rita Vella on behalf of Gozo Farmhous- es, who specialise in short and long farmhouse rentals. "We've been looking forward to this weekend as it's always a busy period for us." PAGE 2 Gozitan businesses await Easter bonanza Long queues can be expected in Mgarr and Cirkewwa DAVID HUDSON THE Gozo tunnel project has received backing from the Na- tionalist Party with Parliament approving a motion put for- ward by ministers Ian Borg and Justyne Caruana seeking sup- port for the major infrastructur- al endeavour. All MPs apart from those rep- resenting Partit Demokratiku, PD leader Godfrey Farrugia and PD MP Marlene Farrugia, voted in favour of the motion. PN spokesperson for Gozo Chris Said put forward a num- ber of cosmetic amendments to the wording of the motion but assured the House the party was "wholeheartedly" behind the project. e gov- ernment approved the ma- jority, four out of six, of these amendments. e two Democratic Party MPs opposed the project, insist- ing not enough information was available to determine whether it was feasible. e vote in support of the tun- nel cements the political con- sensus for this ambitious and controversial project. Infrastructure Minister Ian Borg and Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana tabled the motion last week, in what was an unortho- dox move. Caruana opened the debate by pointing out that there was going to be an ele- ment of continuity. PAGE 3 Ian Borg said studies on the tunnel's feasibility are to be published in the coming days

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