Tourism is a Key Contributor to the Maltese Economy
Even just a cursory glance into the annals of Mediterranean history reveals Malta as a noteworthy destination; an island which, amongst other things, boasted a strategic location and an indomitable spirit. The seat of such arduous struggles as the Great Siege of 1565, the Islands of Malta emerged as a force to be reckoned with, a small but steadfast beacon of resistance against would-be invaders.
Indeed, contemporary Malta is, today, intriguing to visitors because of its fascinating fusion of the international and the traditional, the southern Mediterranean atmosphere and climate which comfortably exhibits a stunning array of influences from the different cultures that have come to bear on this group of islands.
Tourism and hospitality can be viewed as almost part and parcel of the culture of the Islands of Malta; an inherent element of Maltese identity, one might perhaps say. Students of tourism and hospitality in Malta can benefit from this mixture of ingrained hospitality and the well developed infrastructure which supports the wide range of services available to visitors to our islands. They will discover an opportunity to immerse themselves in a rich history, colourful local fabric and linguistic accessibility, as well as an international community. The Islands of Malta provide an exciting destination for tourism related to maritime, archaeological, folkloristic and sporting and leisure elements, to name but a few. Tourism is a key contributor to the Maltese economy.
The tourism industry in Malta has gone from strength to strength, constantly striving to innovate and reinforce its product by finding various niches through which it can present the Maltese experience to visitors. In this respect Tourism Education has become a pillar of the industry. Students can now take advantage of this grounding in cutting-edge tourism knowledge and technologies together with practical exposure to the industry which the Institute of Tourism Studies offers.
The versatility of Malta as a destination will allow students such diverse opportunities as that of practicing the English language, which is one of the two official languages of the country, as well as Italian (Malta’s ‘unofficial third language’ because of our close historical, geographical and cultural ties with the island of Sicily and the Italian mainland), and even other languages, due to the number of tourists from various parts of the world. Moreover, the student will gain first-hand experience of the tourism and hospitality industry through the practical dimension of his/her studies, which forms an essential part of every single academic programme at the Institute of Tourism Studies. All of this may be experienced against an ornate backdrop of history and culture both unique and Mediterranean.