The Malta Independent 17 July 2024, Wednesday
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Money to improve Maltese tourism product ‘couldn’t be found’ despite reckless sponsorships - PN

Thursday, 13 June 2024, 14:01 Last update: about 2 months ago

Budgetary promises regarding the tourism sector have yet to be fulfilled, the Nationalist Party has said.

The PN noted the announcement by which the Tourism Authority revealed plans to add sand to St George's Bay and a bay in Bugibba. It said that these two bays were projects that had been completed during the Nationalist Administration and are today being enjoyed by thousands of tourists and residents.

The PN said that these bays were amongst many capital projects that were done by Nationalist Administrations to improve the Maltese tourism product, including projects such as the National Aquarium in Qawra, the restoration of Forts St Angelo and St Elmo as well as the restoration of the bastions around the Grand Harbour.

The PN questioned what became of the many promises made by the Tourism Authority under a Labour administration, including the promise to make new bays. It pointed out that these promises were included in consecutive budgets but were never carried out, despite the "explosion" in the Maltese population and increase in tourists. It added that there was capital for careless sponsorships and for the employment of people with high salaries but money to improve the Maltese tourism product couldn't be found.

The PN statement was signed by PN MP Mario de Marco.

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