Saturday, March 31, 2012

More flights the key to tourism industry success

Opening up more flights is the key to a successful tourism industry, says one of the businessmen at the heart of Malta’s tourist revival.

Tony Zahra, the president of the Malta Hotels and Restaurant Association, told members of the Jersey Hospitality Association this week that the Mediterranean island transformed a declining tourist industry by signing a deal with Ryanair allowing them to base an aircraft there.

He says that the move opened up new markets and brought visitors flooding back. 
But the Malta solution may not work for Jersey – Economic Development Minister Alan Maclean says Ryanair’s aircraft cannot operate in Jersey because our runway is too short.

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