Online learning courses for ITS students – plans for the industry after COVID-19
Almost all students from the Institute for Touristic Studies are following online learning sessions as the ITS has had to revert to virtual training. During an online media conference, Tourism Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli stated that tourism is facing its most difficult situation in Malta’s tourism history while appealing for courage to overcome the situation.
The blow to the sector came at a moment when the country was in its most productive tourist phase, so pronounced that during these first two months alone there had been an increase of 16% in incoming tourists. The abrupt halt shocked and shook the industry but has not disrupted the ITS students from carrying on with their study rhythm to further their career when the pandemic is over.
ITS CEO, Pierre Fenech, said that after the postponement of the June theory examinations the students will be informed of how the exams will take place. He explained that practical exams are planned for September.
Fenech aid those students that had been undergoing practical experience overseas have been brought back. He praised the cooperation of students and said that 80% had praised the transition to online courses.
Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli said plans for the industry in the post-Covid-19 period are being prepared.
She said that yes, she believes the situation is a challenge but not a challenge to be afraid of and that every opportunity should be taken because this is the time to frame a policy for tomorrow’s tourism.
She said emphasis will be made on internal tourism to help boost enterprises in the sector such as hotels and other establishments while plans are being drawn up to attract better quality tourism to Malta.