The Tourism Ministry is granting 15 scholarships in relation to the newly launched Master of Arts in Heritage Interpretation offered by the Institute of Tourism, Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli announced today.
At a press conference held at the ITS campus, the minister stressed the importance of tourist guides in the tourism industry, and said that “the launch of these scholarships will not only support this profession but will also promote further specialisation within the tourism industry.” She added that the course would not only help in the professional development of tourist guides but would also prove beneficial to the tourism industry as a whole.
The minister also commended ITS for the opportunities and initiatives taken to attract more students and potential employees in the tourism sector.
ITS CEO Pierre Fenech said that the institute not only wanted to increase the number of tour guides, but also wished to offer a progression route for current tour guides to allow them to achieve a level 7 certification.
The institute’s chairman Carlo Micallef emphasised the importance of tourist guides in Malta’s tourism industry, noting that they were a key source of information for the majority of visiting tourists. Through the way they explain and showcase Malta’s attractions, the passion with which they tell the country’s story and the insider tips they share with their clients went a long way towards ensuring that tourists enjoyed an exceptional holiday experience, Mr Micallef said.