Fabian Demicoli

Cruise passengers in Republic Street

This year the retail community in Valletta was pleased to note a record of cruise liners entering our ports. Unfortunately however we also noted less cruise liner passengers walking into Republic Street after being dropped off by the coaches.

 

Whereas before a good number of tourists used to enter Valletta through City Gate, after being stopped in front of Valletta's main entrance, therefore Republic Street, this year all this has been eliminated primarily due to the embellishment works as part of the Valletta regeneration project.

GRTU believes that the development at City Gate should not be considered as a detriment but we have to find a way to include the foreign visitors in the project. Tourists, especially those visiting Malta as part of their cruise, should be adequately educated and informed about what is going on and what the project aims to achieve. We have to find a way to get the tourists to look at the project in a proactive manner by involving them, even through competitions and other interesting activities.

Another suggestion the GRTU would like to make is that from the cruise liners to Valletta the tourists would be driven on the old Maltese transport busses. This to add character to the visit and give them a more interesting experience.

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