Although the tourism industry is expected to recover from 1 June, the government has announced that it will revoke the licensing and contribution payments due to the Malta Tourism Authority, payments which cover the period between January and December of this year.
The different sectors that will benefit from this measure include hotels, guesthouses, hostels, HFPs, host families, restaurants, bars, travel agents, tourist villages, diving establishment, snack bars, take-aways, kiosks, watersports, nightclubs, pleasure boats, self-drive cars and motorcycles, coaches, minibuses, taxis, garage hire, hotel outlets, souvenir shops, timeshare as well as English schools.
This measure is expected to benefit around 10,000 MTA-licensed businesses the sum of over € 4,000,000. This was announced at a news conference earlier today by the Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection, Clayton Bartolo, and the Chairman of the Malta Tourism Authority, Gavin Gulia.
Minister Clayton Bartolo stressed that the cancellation of these licenses and contributions goes beyond the incentives that are being announced week after week as part of the recovery plan for tourism.
“This government is ensuring that the local industry gets back on its feet before the first tourists arrive in early June,” said Minister Clayton Bartolo. He added that on the commemoration of Workers’ Day, Malta can boast that during such an adverse situation it prioritised workers’ jobs as a priority, helping businesses and enterprises.
Meanwhile, in his comments, the Chairman of the Malta Tourism Authority, Gavin Gulia, said that if there has ever been a time when there was an imminent need to help workers, this has undoubtedly been during the past 13 months, wherein the Malta Tourism Authority has launched various aid schemes for several sectors which were the most affected by the pandemic.