The Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture, formerly known as the Tourism Department has, as its main objective, the teaching of tourism studies at tertiary level at the University of Malta.
Since its establishment in 1995, the Institute has been responsible mainly for training people in tourism, heritage management, cultural issues and socio-economic impacts of tourism. Over the years, the Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture has also been active in research and its members have assisted the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry for Culture in developing a sustainable tourism product. The current team of lecturers and researchers is involved in cultural heritage, cultural routes, cultural products, media and arts, tourism SMEs, tourism employment issues, labour studies, island sustainability and tourism economics.
The Institute works closely with local tourism stakeholders such as hotels, restaurants, respective government entities and Ministries, heritage agencies and craft organizations. It is also a member of AIEST, EUTO, Tourism Networks and the National Rural Development Agency, and was instrumental in setting up the Slow Food Movement in Malta.
8 March 2014