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2 May 2017 - 13:38
Tourism stakeholders call on the Malta Tourism Authority to confirm or deny the report that appeared in the local media that it has given a sponsorship of €1 million to a private business airline. The Federated Association of Travel & Tourism Agents (FATTA) strongly objects to any such type of sponsorship which appears manifestly beyond...
 
1 November 2016 - 17:29
FATTA is calling on Government and the Malta Tourism Authority to deny press reports implying that customers who suffered losses from the bankruptcy of Fantasy Tours will be compensated by the recently launched insolvency fund. The Legal Notice setting up the fund clearly states that the fund will only cover bookings made from the date...
 
26 October 2016 - 11:35
What is the scope of this Fund? The purpose of these regulations is to set-up an Insolvency Fund to provide security for the refund of all payments made by or on behalf of travellers insofar as the relevant services are not performed as a consequence of the organiser’s insolvency, including repatriation where applicable. The fund shall be managed and...
 
29 August 2016 - 16:36
Total cruise passenger traffic during the second quarter of 2016 amounted to 200,480, a decrease of 2.3 per cent over the corresponding period last year. Cruise Passengers: Q2/2016 During the second quarter there were 108 cruise liner calls, at par with last year. At 91.2 per cent, transit passengers accounted for the vast majority of total traffic, reaching 182,754....
 
23 August 2016 - 12:00
The Federated Association of Travel & Tourism Agents (FATTA) notes with interest the Minister of Tourism’s statement denying media reports on the direction being taken in Air Malta’s negotiations with Alitalia. FATTA maintains its full agreement that strategic alliances with other airlines are essential to ensure the viability of Air Malta.   However, the prime objective...
 
18 August 2016 - 11:00
Total outbound tourists for the second quarter in 2016 were estimated at 104,331, an increase of 9.3 per cent over the corresponding quarter last year. April-June 2016 During the second quarter of 2016, the number of outbound tourist trips towards EU countries stood at 93,863, an increase of 9.0 per cent over the same quarter...
 
1 August 2016 - 11:02
The association has received an informative note, our Greek counterpart, with reference to the Greek legislation regarding the sale of travel services by tour operators and travel agencies established outside the European Union. This letter has been drafted in order to clarify the existing framework, following numerous violations of the rules by non-EU tour operators and...
 
9 June 2016 - 9:00
The controversial tourist eco-tax will come into effect on 20 June, Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis said today. The eco-contribution, also known as the bed-tax, will be of 50 cents a day capped at €5 per stay. Dr Zammit Lewis made the announcement this afternoon shortly after a court rejected a request by a number...
 
30 May 2016 - 9:00
A number of tourism operators today filed a request for a warrant of prohibitory injunction against the government related to the new Eco-Contribution Tax which obliges operators to pay €0.50 per night per tourist over 18, with a maximum of €5. The application was filed today by the Federation Association of Travel and Tourism Agents...
 
11 April 2016 - 10:00
Incoming Tourism Agents and Destination Management Companies are disappointed by Government’s lack of consultation with all stakeholders on the introduction of the Eco Tax, the agents said in a statement. The Federated Association of Travel and Tourism Agents (FATTA) complained that the total lack of information on the tax until the eleventh hour is inconsiderate...