PD insists Tourism Minister must resign

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Partit Demokratiku is insisting that Tourism Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli has no option but to resign immediately, holding her responsible for the bad handling of the Covid-19 crisis which has led various countries to restrict travel to Malta.

The party said that the knock-on effect on the Maltese economy would be devastating if the downward spiral of visitor numbers continues.

It insisted that Malta’s reputation has been damaged through the mishandling of the pandemic, stating that it was now viewed as “an irresponsible party island,” damaging the objective of attracting quality over quantity.

To address this, PD said, Malta required a management team with competent, experienced and qualified persons “who could hopefully succeed in stopping the haemorrhage and instil some form of stability for the industry.”

The party said that it endorsed the overriding vision stated in the National Tourism Policy 2015-2020, promoting controlled growth of the industry.

But it insisted that it was vital that tourism operators had confidence in the Tourism Minister, and appealed to Prime Minister Robert Abela “to do what is expected from him and appoint someone who can get the job done.”

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