The Malta Independent 20 November 2018, Tuesday

Town managers will be appointed to oversee tourist hot-spots

Rebecca Iversen Thursday, 3 August 2017, 10:34 Last update: about 7 months ago

Tourism Konrad Mizzi today announced that the ministry will be introducing ‘managers’ who will be exclusively in charge of managing tourist areas. The Foundation for Tourism Zones is going to set up a team to be responsible for the upkeep of various touristic areas around Malta and Gozo.  

Mizzi explained that the government is set to introduce town managers in locations whose primary responsibility will be to maintain the area, take care of cleansing and flag any possible irregularities.

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Speaking in St Julian’s, Minister Mizzi said that Paceville will be the first locality to have a designated town manager. He explained that the local councils will not have their budgets altered and the town manager initiative will be financed by the Malta Tourism Authority. Furthermore such operations of cleansing and up keeping will be done by Wasteserv employees.

“The town manager’s primary role will be to assists the mayor. The initiative will have a first 12-month run and will kick start in Paceville,” the Tourism Minister added.

Eventually, the government intends to have town managers for every touristic hot spot on the island including areas such as Marsaxlokk, Mellieha, Hondoq ir-Rummien, Sliema etc.

The minister also added that the town manager in Paceville will not just be surveying litter and noise pollution but will also be enforcing regulations in adult clubs. 

Environment Minister Jose Herrera spoke about the collaboration of renovation of the Balluta square with the Ministry of Tourism, in which Wasteserv employees were employed to renovate the areas and other areas in Malta. He also spoke about other further plans for collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism on issues such as pollution, litter and noise.

Herrera added "we don’t have a strong enough department that takes care of touristic areas" and that he is also to start a new agency called "Ambjent Malta" which would be an agency focused on the environment.

 

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