Fabian Demicoli

Town Centre Management – GRTU attends second workshop

The British Consultancy firm Association of Town Centre Management (ATCM) appointed by the Government has held the second worshop on Town Centre Management on the 25th February 2010 by providing information and training tools to the stakeholders participating in the seminars for the next months.

 

The stakeholders present for the seminar were; the Local Councils, the Malta Transport Authority, the Malta Chamber of SMEs (GRTU), the Valletta Rehabilitation Project. The Gozo Tourism Association, the Malta Environment and Planning Authority, the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) among others. The Valletta, Paceville and Masalforn are the three localities for a town centre management project, based on a model tried successfully overseas.

A work shop for the various stakeholders who will be affected by the project was held  earlier on last year and it was launched by Parliamentay Secretary for Tourism Mario de Marco and Parliamentary Secretary for Public Dialogue and Information Dr Chris Said.

The intention for town managers is to strengthen cooperation between local councils, residents and businesses and not to take over Local Councils. Local Councils new responsability now as amended  in the Local Councils Act is to work more closely with the commercial sector with the aim to stimulate the economy, generate employment opportunities and provide a number of services to both residents and visitors.

Tourists Localities have numerous stakeholders who sometimes have diverging interests. The aim for this project will introduce a manager who will be able to take a more holistic view of the situation and  would respond to them collectively.

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