Meet the Tourism Operators Business Section
The Tourism Operators Executive Committee is committed to advocating a quality touristic experience. This is why the Committee will be working on a holistic strategy that represents all economic operators that operate within the industry.
Mr Alan Arrigo - Chairperson
Mr Alan Arrigo is an accountant by profession, previously practicing with a Big 4 firm in Malta, Italy and Luxembourg. Alan joined the family business, Robert Arrigo & Sons, a destination management company and incoming travel & tourism agent in 2009, taking care of its core business of supporting foreign travel agents and tour operators by offering a complete range of services such as hotel accommodation, bus and shuttle transfers, rental cars, excursions and tour guide services.
Alan has been involved within the Malta Chamber’s structures since 2015 as Deputy Chairperson of the Tourism Business Section and chaired the Tourism round table for Chamber’s Think Tank.
Mr Douglas Barbaro Sant - Deputy Chairperson
Mr Douglas Barbaro-Sant is one of the founders of various companies mainly related to the travel industry. Having worked in various sectors of the hospitality industry since 1995, he has gained tremendous experience both locally as well as overseas, and has never shied away from the challenges presented in running several companies.
He is an entrepreneur who simply loves to get involved in projects which are close to what he enjoys in life. His main strength is that of bringing people together, creating synergistic relationships and maximising on novel business opportunities.
A natural born adventurer, Douglas strives to live his life, both personal and work, totally outside of his comfort zone.
Mr Iain Tonna
Mr Iain Tonna was appointed for the first time as President of FATTA in 2004 for a two year term, after serving many years as an Executive Council member.
Mr Tonna's contribution to the Travel & Tourism industry dates back to the former ATA - Association of Travel Travel Agents which later resolved into FATTA, now known as, the Federated Association of Travel and Tourism Agents. During his years elected as member on the various Councils, Mr Tonna served on various posts and committees. Mr Tonna still serves as President of FATTA to this very day.
Mr Tonna is currently also a member of ECTAA's Board of Directors. ECTAA is the Group of National Travel Agent's & Tour Operators' Associations within the EU.
Mr Michael Camilleri Kamsky
Mr Michael Camilleri Kamsky has been a member of the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry for many years.
He applied to join the Tourism Business Section committee as he believes that the tourism industry, which is so crucial for the Maltese economy, is not given the merited importance it deserves.
The Malta Chamber of Commerce, being such a valuable institution with a strong influence on the authorities, can bring the necessary changes that this industry requires.
Mr Kevin Vella
Mr Kevin Vella has been involved with Koptaco Coaches Cooperative for several years and is currently holding the position of Chairman which represents a fleet of 50 coaches. He believes that the sector's profitability depends on a strong tourism sector. Mr Vella has spent several years in the transport and logistics industry being involved with companies such as MaltaTransfer.com and Ryde.
His participation in the Tourism Executive Committee not only ensures that the difficulties of the industry are heard but that all stakeholders that operate within the Tourism industry are well aligned in their efforts and generation of ideas.
Mr Julian Cassar Torreggiani - Co-opted
Mr Julian Cassar Torregiani 49 years old, and an owner and director of AM Language, an ELT organisation based in Sliema, established in 1987. He was educated at St. Edwards College, Malta, and is a graduate in Hospitality Management.
After a number of years within the 5* hospitality industry, he involved himself in the management and further development of the family business which is today a leading exponent of Malta’s budding ELT niche sector.
He has previously served as a board member and chairperson of FELTOM at a time where the industry was experiencing growth and the federation moved towards becoming a self accredited body with an increased focus on quality, registering a substantial increase in membership and overall representation of Malta’s sector.
Julian lives in Sliema and enjoys scuba diving and being on the sea whenever and wherever possible.
Ms Julia Aquilina - Policy Development Executive
A graduate in European Studies with Communications, Julia continued her studies reading for a Master of Arts in Public Policy Leadership. She joined The Malta Chamber two years ago as a Policy Development Executive and coordinates a number of business sections including the Tourism Operators Business Section.