The Institute for Touristic Studies said that following its campaign much interest has been generated by its full-time courses on offer. ITS said applications have increased by a record 53% when compared to last year. In a comment to TVM, Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi said it is encouraging to note there is added interest among those wishing to take up a career in the tourist industry.
The greatest number of applications from prospective students is for a Certificate in Travel and Tourism, a High National Diploma in Guide Duties and a BA in Catering which is being offered in collaboration with the Paul Bocuse Institute in France.
The Minister said the increase in applications is a clear signal that more and more students are being attracted to a career in the hospitality industry and tourism where the demand for employees is always high.
Minister Mizzi said the sector is an important one and undergoing diversification. Today this not only comprises food and beverage preparation but also front office management, the marketing of events, hospitality management and the organisation of tours. These offer many variations and have been well met by students and in fact 250 new students have applied for the ITS courses.
Pierre, who is the ITC CEO said the Institute is highly satisfied by this increase of applicants placing their trust in the ITS to begin or to continue their studies in the tourism and hospitality industry. It also shows that more people are being attracted to careers in the industry.
Minister Mizzi stated however that certain sectors in the industry are not attracting the attention of Maltese youths, in particular the service sector where there are somewhat difficult shifts and which involve weekend work. This means more foreign employees have to be hired in this sector. In a year ITS has trained 1,000 hotel employees in specialised programmes to learn about Maltese food and Maltese culture.
Because of various requests the Institute has extended the closing period for applications to the end of this month.