The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) welcomes the news announced by Minister for Tourism Clayton Bartolo, that Carlo Micallef has been appointed as new Chief Executive Officer of the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA).
MHRA President Tony Zahra states that “Carlo’s long standing commitment to the organisation, depth knowledge of the industry and international experience along with strategic vision and leadership skills, makes him an ideal leader to build on the great work of his predecessors and the rest of the MTA team.”
The challenges ahead are not few, yet now that the tourism industry is regaining momentum and activity we need to collectively focus efforts towards sustainable growth with a drive to setting Malta as a leading Mediterranean tourism destination as envisaged in the Malta Tourism Strategy 2021-2030 focused on the strategic thrusts Recover, Rethink and Revitalise.
Indeed, innovative solutions need to be pursued in improving the product and better access to skilled workforce whilst consolidating the strengths which we have.
MHRA is confident that with the Chairmanship of Dr Gavin Gulia and the Executive leadership of Carlo Micallef, MTA will keep playing an important role in setting the tourism sector in Malta as outstanding, by reflecting the current and forthcoming changes in the markets.
MHRA thanks outgoing MTA CEO Mr Johann Buttigieg who successfully led MTA through very difficult moments for the tourism industry due to the Covid 19 pandemic and thus ensured that today we not only still have an industry to talk about but significantly is well prepared to face the new challenges ahead.