PN proposes free testing for tourists and 7% VAT for bars, restaurants and accommodation
The Nationalist Party has proposed a plan for the tourism industry for the next ten years. The proposals include the opening of three centres where tourists can be tested for Covid at no charge, incentives for marketing and airline seats, 50 euro per week for foreign students who come over to learn English. and reduction of the VAT rate on accommodation, bars and restaurants to 7%.  Nationalist Party leader Bernard Grech stated that in this manner the party he leads listens, has clear ideas and a clear vision for the future.
The Nationalist Party is proposing the opening of three centres for free Covid testing for tourists visiting Malta, suspension of the payment of Transport Malta licences for 18 months for those working in tourism, a one-time grant of 25,000 euro annually for two years to tourism operators for marketing campaigns abroad and the reduction of VAT to 7% for bars, restaurants, accommodation and operators working in tourism.

These are some of the Nationalist Party’s proposals in the strategic 10-year plan known as 2+8, with reference to the two years of recovery from the effects of the pandemic and eight years of strengthening and development.

Dr Grech stated that through the launch of this policy, today is a good day for Malta and for the Nationalist Party, which he added is proud of the tourist product and is putting forward concrete proposals about how the tourist sector can be even stronger.

“Through this document we are clearly demonstrating that this party is alive, has ideas, listens and has a vision, but above all this document shows clearly that we believe in our country.”

The plan includes a proposal for a special programme for youths under the age of 25 years to start new businesses in the hospitality sector, 50 euro per week scholarships for every student who chooses to come to Malta for an English language course of a 12-week minimum duration after September, promotion of Gozo as a destination for new tourist products, widening of the villas and farmhouses concept, spaces for camping with the necessary facilities and a plan for infrastructure and accommodation in the South of Malta.

Nationalist Party Deputy Leader and Tourism spokesman Robert Arrigo thanked the partners in this sector who helped in the drawing up of this policy which he said will continue to be strengthened with the aim of Malta truly being a unique destination.