'Language schools showcase excellence in tourism' - Zammit Lewis

Tourism minister says government intends to strengthen language tourism

Tourism minister Edward Zammit Lewis speaks with EC's executive chairman Andrew Mangion during a visit to the Paceville school.
Tourism minister Edward Zammit Lewis speaks with EC's executive chairman Andrew Mangion during a visit to the Paceville school.

Tourism minister Edward Zammit Lewis said that educational tourism was becoming an increasingly important part of Malta's economy.

During a visit to English language school EC in Paceville, Zammit Lewis expressed his satisfaction that more students were coming to learn English in Malta on a long-term basis.

"Schools such as this one help in putting Malta on the radar for both EU and non-EU nationals," he said. "It showcases Malta as a hub of excellence in tourism."

Zammit Lewis said that it was very important to create a synergy between the government and private sector in this field and outlined the government's intention to strengthen this niche element of tourism in Malta.

On his part, EC's executive chairman Andrew Mangion expressed his gratitude to the minister, praising his "knowledge of the sector" after only three weeks on the job.

Asked by MaltaToday what response it had for those locals who associate young foreign students with havoc in Malta during the summer months, Mangion said that EC was very serious in its training of group leaders.

"Also as a member of Feltom (Federation of English Language Teaching Organisations Malta), we adopt strict policies about letting our students visit Paceville alone," he said. "In fact, the Feltom-organised parties which EC participates in are all non-alcoholic and organized in relatively far off locations."

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