President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca said that Malta and Turkey had the potential to work together, to ensure that the Mediterranean remains a top destination for visitors from all over the world.
Addressing a tourism forum, organised by the Malta Tourism Authority and the Mediterranean Tourism Foundation in Istanbul, and supported by the Malta Chamber of Commerce, as part of her engagements during the state visit in Turkey, President Coleiro Preca said that Malta and Turkey were best placed in the region, to explore possibilities of collaboration, “because we are also very well connected” – with Turkish Airlines being a global connector and Air Malta being a Euro-Mediterranean connector.
“We should not perceive each other as competitors in the region. We are not, due to our individual uniqueness. I believe that collaborating in this sector, can bring to both our countries, and our region, a substantial increase of visitors from other regions of the world,” President Coleiro Preca stated.
She added that the tourism sectors of both Malta and Turkey were built on the authentic values of their respective identities, which include the celebration of the two countries’ diversity, the richness of the Mediterranean heritage, and the commitment to provide top quality hospitality.
Quoting the latest indicators from the World Economic Forum, the President said that tourism and hospitality have the ability, “to boost the competitiveness of our economies and enhance economic opportunities, for the benefit of our respective peoples.”
“The tourism sector in both our countries, is one of the strongest pillars of our economies.”
The President also mentioned that there are also bilateral possibilities to increase tourist traffic between the two countries, as Malta offers a reputable educational tourism sector, for language learning services, as well as for medical training.
The President stated that a well-planned, well-regulated, and responsible tourism sector can create an excellent mechanism that channels resources equitably, for the benefit of all our communities.
She concluded by expressing her confidence that there are ample opportunities for Malta and Turkey to work together, share best practices with one another, and learn from each other.