University of Malta

Institute for Tourism, Travel & Culture
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Tourism education at the University has been long established and has provided formal academic programmes since 1995.  Originating from the former department of Tourism within the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy, The Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture was established as an autonomous Institute within the University in 2010.  Since that time the Institute has successfully developed a broad range of both undergraduate and post graduate academic programmes and has established a strong international research and consultancy portfolio focussing on European and Mediterranean tourism, hospitality, culture and travel research.


Current programmes offered include:


Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Tourism Studies

Certificate in Food Culture

Master Chef Diploma



Master of Arts in International Tourism and Hospitality Management under development

Master of Arts in Cultural Sustainability and Tourism

Master of Arts in Tourism (By Research)

Master of Business Administration in International Tourism and Hospitality Management under development

Master of Business Administration in Cultural Industry Management under development

M.Phil / Ph.D Research Programme (By Research)


The key objectives of the Institute continue to focus on both teaching and research within tourism, hospitality, cultural and transport studies at both undergraduate and post graduate levels. Academic research interests are primarily focused on Tourism and Hospitality Management, Heritage and Cultural Management, Aspects of Sustainable Tourism and Tourism Planning such as issues and socio-economic impacts of Tourism, Tourism & Regeneration and Destination Management, The Development of Niche Tourism Markets, and Management of Special Events and Tourism associated with Business Development, Innovation, Enterprise and Tourism SMEs. In this respect the Institute has been active in research and consultancy and its members have been engaged at both national governmental level and at the European level in a range government / EU funded commissioned research projects. Current research areas have focussed on cultural heritage, cultural routes & mapping, cultural products, media and arts, tourism SMEs, tourism employment issues, labour studies, island sustainability and regeneration and tourism education.


Current and recent Research & European funded projects include:


Promoting socio-economic sustainable development through innovative technological actions for the cultural and landscape heritage tourism in the Mediterranean


Socializing Tourism


Towards Sustainable Tourism Development Models in the Euro-Mediterranean region: A case study of Malta and Sardinia


Heritage Interpretation for Senior Audiences


Water and territorial policies for integration of multi-sectorial development


Euromed Heritage II Programme


Euromed Heritage II Programme


Lifelong Learning Programme

Tourism Archives Project

MTA University of Malta

Online Journal on Heritage Interpretation 



The Institute works closely with international, national and local tourism stakeholders such as hotels, restaurants, respective government entities and Ministries, heritage agencies and craft organizations. It is also a member of ATHE, ATLAS, ISTO, AIEST, NecSTOUR, Tourism Networks and the National Rural Development Agency, and has been instrumental in setting up the ‘Slow Food Movement’ in Malta. 


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