A first initial draft of a policy aimed at bringing about a new chapter in Malta’s tourism industry, leading to 2025, was in hand, with a public consultation process starting later this year, Tourism Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli said.
She said the policy was based on the principles of sustainable tourism while building on the achievements of the past years.
The minister underscored the need of attracting better quality tourists while remaining competitive. The positive results recorded in the tourism industry were essential contributors to the country’s economy, Ms Farrugia Portelli added during an end-of-year results business event held by the Malta Tourism Authority.
The number of tourists visiting Malta rose from 1.33 million in 2010 to 2.75 million last year. Overnight stays amounted to 19.3 million in 2019, when money spent by visitors increased by about €110 million over the previous year.