MHRA wants govt to re-open airport

The association said now is time to steer the direction towards reigniting the economy

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) appealed to the government that now is time to steer the direction towards reigniting the economy through the tourism sector whilst ensuring reasonable safety measures.

The association also stated that if the government does not open the airport then we shall see mass unemployment as there is no reason for anyone in the tourist industry to hold on to staff if there is no summer.

MHRA President Tony Zahra, said in a statement issued on Monday, that facts at hand show that the impact of COVID-19 on public health in Malta was much less dramatic than was expected however this came at a hefty economic price, with the transport, travel, tourism, hospitality, sports, entertainment sectors and everything that supports socialising being hit the hardest and are suffering badly.

Zahra emphasised on how the government is spending around €11 million a day to keep everyone at home. 

MHRA President said that the tourism sector in Malta has reached ground zero as a result of this crisis and is now desperate to reopen. MHRA emphasizes that it is important that we keep safeguarding lives but equally important that we need to start working together to protect livelihoods. 

“The economy will not be as we’ve been accustomed to over the past years – it will be a new reality for all, however, we cannot keep procrastinating from opening our tourism sector” – said Tony Zahra.

Operators in the tourism industry will let everyone go and rehire in Easter 2021  – provided of course they are still around by that time.  This is not a threat, this is not an argument supporting wealth against health or otherwise, this is a fact, said Tony Zahra.

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