Fabian Demicoli

GRTU Hospitality Section meets new MTA CEO


This week Philip Fenech, GRTU Deputy President and President
of the Tourism and Hospitality Section met MTA's new CEO Mr Paul Bugeja in a
very cordial and informal meeting. Mr Fenech discussed the theme of the next
World Tourism Day that will next September focus on Community Tourism.

He
emphasized that host families should play an important role as they offer a
genuine community experience to our tourists. Mr Fenech said that the concept
of the Host Family must be expanded so that they no longer just cater for
students but start catering also for adults that are drawn to this experience.
Students also tend to concentrate during the peak months while adults tend to
be more distributed over most of the year. In line with this GRTU would like to
work on a Code of Ethics for the sector and ameliorate and update the minimum
standards. Some regulatory and fiscal changes would need to be done to make the
host family operation viable. The income host families get from their activity
is very minimal and should not be over-burdened with taxes and complicated
rules. A follow up meeting will be held to continue discussions on the topic.

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