The first quarter of 2023 has reached new levels in tourism numbers in more ways than one. Records have been reached in the number of arriving tourists, in the number of nights stayed, in tourism expenditure, and most important of all, in off-peak tourism growth.
Horeca Magazine speaks to Howard Keith Debono, president of the Malta Entertainment Industry & Arts Association, who assesses the impact of various event cancellations on the Tourism and Hospitality industries.
Tourism is a major component and contributor of the Gozitan economy. It is a sector which not only injects overseas funds in the economy, but due to its high multipliers also creates other job opportunities.
Added: 24 July, 2021 At a press conference in Floriana today, ADPD Chairperson Carmel Cacopardo and spokesperson and Deputy Secretary General Sandra Gauci spoke about the effects of the pandemic, and climate change on the tourism industry. Sandra Gauci noted that it is a shame that the hoteliers’ association is once again demanding special treatment, when they themselves have caused their own problems. “The MHRA has called for the exemption of workers in the tourism sector from income tax on overtime. But they forget to tell us the real reasons why some of their workers chose to leave […]
Added: 18 May 2021 Acknowledging the importance of the UK market for the tourism sector, Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo has claimed the authorities are doing their utmost so that Malta makes the green list when the next review is made. Speaking during the launch of a think tank to help make the island a “centre of touristic excellence”, Bartolo said the authorities are in contact with the British High Commission and the UK government to pass on all the necessary information and health indicators about the COVID-19 situation. Asked how positive he is about the prospect of being […]
Added: 28 April 2021 Around 10,000 operators in the tourism industry will not have to pay licenses and fees due to the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) in 2021, Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo said in a press conference today. The Minister said the scheme is one of a number of measures introduced by the government to support the industry as the country prepares to open its doors to tourists again from 1 June. Bartolo said that the 10,000 or so operators and businesses in the tourism industry will be saving €4 million that would have otherwise been due to the MTA. […]
Added: 17 April 2021 Tourism should be adequately recognized at EU level – MEP Josianne Cutajar meets Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association. MHRA President Tony Zahra, along with MHRA Council members, held an online meeting with Maltese MEP Josianne Cutajar, who is a member of EU Committee for Transport and Tourism (TRAN) and part of the Tourism Taskforce within the same committee. At the beginning of the meeting, MEP Cutajar expressed her gratitude for this opportunity to meet the MHRA, who is the leading association representing the hotels and restaurants in Malta. She continued by […]
Added: 6 April 2021 The Medical Association of Malta (MAM) has today issued a statement saying the current practice of “free for all” boarding on commercial flights with random swabbing on arrival is insufficient and presents significant risks as positive individuals not only can board the aircraft without a test, but may spread the virus to other passengers at airports and especially on board the aircraft. The current practice of “board now – check later” presents very significant risk to public health and tourism once the number of flights increases, the association said. Prior swab […]