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Online Journal on Heritage Interpretation

The Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture will be leading a new on-line journal on Heritage Interpretation. This peer-reviewed on-line series, which will be published by the University of Malta, is a joint activity between the ITTC and Interpret Europe, the European Association for Heritage Interpretation. The main objective of this on-line series is to provide a platform for emerging academics and practitioners to discuss, present and illustrate case studies, empirical and theoretical research on heritage interpretation that is of relevance for fostering the profession in Europe.

The on-line journal will cover theoretical and empirical findings as well as bringing to the fore views from practicing heritage interpreters. It will provide practitioners with the opportunity to present case studies from the practical environment that could lead to academic research and vice versa. While the on-line series will have relevance and broad applicability to the field of heritage interpretation in Europe, it will welcome contributions from other regions. The series also aims to publish papers that link heritage interpretation with discourses from other contexts, such as non-formal and informal education in the context of European lifelong learning, regional development, place-based learning or heritage tourism, and heritage preservation.

The chief editors for this on-line series, which will be administered by the Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture, will be Dr. Nadia Theuma, Director ITTC and Mr. Patrick Lehnes, CEO Interpret Europe.   The editorial board is composed from academics and practitioners in heritage interpretation in Malta, UK, Croatia, Slovenia, Australia and USA.

The first issue of the on-line series is targeted for the last quarter of 2013. For further information on the series, please contact their administrator, Dr Nadia Theuma.


Tourism Archives Project

Tourism, as an industry catering for thousands of visitors, started in Malta in the late 1950s.  The Malta Government Tourist Board was set up in 1958, with the main objective of marketing the Islands and their attractions and initiating regulation procedures.  Documentation from that year and up to 2000 was previously stored in Dept of Information premises, but was not accessible or documented.  It was obvious that this important material must be saved, in the interests of future research. 

With this aim in mind, the Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture at the University of Malta, is collaborating with the National Archives of Malta and the Malta Tourism Authority on a project to restore, catalogue and archive these old tourism documents.  Work started in April 2010, with the participation of students and staff from the Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture, University of Malta.


Projects funded by the European Union


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

Programme: ENPI CBC MED
Budget: Euro 1,934,000
Partners: 10, from Malta, Spain, Cyprus, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine
Lead Partner: University of Malta - Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture
Duration: August 2012 - December 2015

In order to regain competitiveness, Mediterranean countries need to modernise the management of their touristic assets, to invest in new technologies and to bridge the gap between research, industry and policy makers.

The HELAND Project aims to apply advanced IT systems for the touristic valorization of landscape and cultural heritage assets and to develop and disseminate practices and guidelines for their sustainable management in the Mediterranean and beyond. The implementation of various publicity and dissemination activities, for public and private stakeholders and for the general audience, will ensure proper coverage to the Project.

Expected results include: the promotion of employment and the modernization and growth of the tourism sector; the advocacy  of sustainable tourism policies for the sites linked to the Project; the valorisation of heritage and landscape sites in order to promote a more sustainable tourism through the adoption of innovative management techniques; the diffusion of common procedures and standards for use by managing bodies of heritage and landscape tourist sites and assets; the creation of a stable network of institutions and organizations to monitor and update instruments, regulations and technologies.

For more info please contact:
Dr George Cassar
Dr Nadia Theuma

Socializing Tourism

Programme: LLP - Leonardo
Budget: Euro 418,291
Partners: 8, from Italy, Malta, Greece, Spain, Romania and Poland
Lead partner: CEFAL (Italy)
Duration: November 2012 - October 2014

Answering to the growing interest of different actors about the topic of social tourism, the SOTO Project aims to implement the “right to tourism for all” principle and to open new possibilities of market development, especially in this moment of economic downturn and social crisis.

By developing a training package for tourism professionals, the Project will enable operators to meet the growing demand in the market of social tourism and to create a variety of packages with personalized services. The training package will be administered through lessons, “job shadowing” and project works. A certification system will also be developed in accordance with EU rules.
To achieve its objectives, the Project has produced a state of the art analysis, collected good training practices and assessed training needs through a series of focus groups in all partner countries. This has led to the development of a training and certification model which will be tested by pilot training activities in each participating country.

Thanks to this feedback, the training package and the certification system will be finalized in a manual and made available in multiple languages.

For more info please contact:
Ms Marie Avellino
Prof Andrew Jones
Dr Nadia Theuma


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

Programme: 7FP - Marie Curie
Budget: Euro 190,669
Duration: April 2013 - March 2015

The TOSTODEM Project is hosted by the UoM - ITTC and is being carried out in Malta and Sardinia by seconded staff from the University of Cagliari. The research is aimed to give an original contribution in innovative tourism strategies and practices for enhancing the tourist attractiveness of European destinations. Strong emphasis is given to the Euro-Mediterranean coastal areas such as Malta and Sardinia. The methodological framework will make use of a qualitative and a quantitative approach (mixed methods), including interviews (with key informants and stakeholders) and surveys.
Research results will be disseminated by means of public meetings and conferences among local, regional and European stakeholders and the general public.

For more info please contact:
Dr Rita Cannas
Dr Nadia Theuma

Heritage Interpretation for Senior Audiences

Programme: LLP - Grundtvig
Budget: Euro 198,000
Partners: 7, from Malta, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and Poland.
Lead partner: Interpret Europe (Germany)
Duration: August 2013 - July 2015

The European Union has designated 2012 as the European year for active ageing and intergenerational solidarity. Predictions are that, by 2060, about 30% of the EU population will be aged 65+. One of the main activities undertaken by older persons is travel and this includes visits to heritage and cultural attractions both abroad as well as in their own country of residence.

The Project advocates the importance of interpretation for older persons being addressed at a professional level. Since senior persons do not just want to be entertained and to enjoy themselves, but they want to have a learning and educational experience, this project will help us to understand what sort of learning experience the visitor is demanding and how it may best be delivered.

The aim of the project is to identify the requirements and needs of this audience and design an interpretative framework which could be accessed by the interpreters as well as the institutions and organisations which host these audiences.
The approach will be based mainly on participant observation and data collection at diverse sites around Europe, so as to obtain feedback from experts as well as users. Based on this knowledge, the Project will prepare an interpretation framework for dissemination.

For more info please contact:
Ms Marie Avellino
Dr George Cassar



Water and territorial policies for integration of multisectorial development

Programme: Italia-Malta 2007-2013
Budget: Euro 286,969
Partners: 5, from Sicily and Malta
Lead Partner: Province of Trapani (Italy)
Duration: July 2011 - September 2013

Through a cross-border exchange of experiences between Malta and Sicily, the project aimed to define guidelines for the management of common coasts. In the long term, the dissemination of good practices will help to harmonize the planning and management of coastal areas among the two countries. The common strategic platform resulting from experiences and activities carried out in the Project will be the base for the systemic management of other insular European areas.
The Project has delivered three main outputs:

  1. an atlas of Sicilian and Maltese waterfronts, coordinated by the University of Palermo;
  2. a promotional documentary about the Project pilot areas, coordinated by the University of Malta;
  3. the International Seminar “Regenerating Maltese and Sicilian waterfronts: Perspectives from two Mediterranean islands” (with proceedings), coordinated by the University of Malta.


EUROMED Heritage II Programme

The MedVoices Project brought together a network of academics and activists in an exploration of tourism and heritage across the Mediterranean and their relationship to different sources of identity, citizenship and market conditions. In particular, the main objective of the project was to record personal memories telling of the routine pleasures and difficulties of sharing urban space in several cities of the Mediterranean. The collaborating teams therefore had to look critically at heritage as a political/cultural category: what becomes of heritage, how it gets selected, what gets left out, and the consequences for neighbourhoods, urban planning and cultural tourism.

The main output of the Mediterranean Voices project is an on-line multi-media database, fully searchable in all the nine languages of the project.  Multiple exhibitions and events have been carried out in each of the participating cities. With its focus on the neglected urban heritage of the Mediterranean, and the muted voices of its neighbourhoods, the project is also working with local user groups to support innovative and inclusive approaches to the teaching of local history and to cultural and spatial policy.


Euromed Heritage II Programme

The DELTA project was conceived in order to contribute to the enhancement, in the Euro-Mediterranean region, of the potential of integrated development between economic, environmental and cultural heritage, which has not yet been wholly exploited. The project was part of the 3rd Field of Intervention of the Euromed Heritage II Programme: Enhancement of Cultural Heritage.

DELTA is an acronym showing the key areas of the project:

  • Development – stable growth combining territorial competitiveness (enhancement of local resources), financial and social cohesion (healing of rifts, gap reduction) and durability (cautious management of resources);
  • Systems – vertical integration (between levels of action) and horizontal integration (between sectors and different resources);
  • Cultural – the enhancement of all cultural resources is adopted as a development lever for a territory
  • Territorial – the enhancement action refers to the endogenous resources and is implemented and shared by all the actors and local decision-makers.

The local coordinator for the DELTA project was the Foundation for International Studies. The team was made up of various stakeholders from government and non-government organizations, including the Department of Tourism Studies. It devised three pilot projects for Malta, following the DELTA parameters. These pilot projects for the area of the Cottonera – Three Cities comprise the following:
Highlighting and developing educational campaigns – the role of the Cottonera Lines in the social and cultural history of the area;
Preparing the necessary framework for the development of economic systems – crafts and small business development;
Developing an interpretation strategy of the area – focusing on the tangible (built) and intangible (crafts and oral) heritage.

Lifelong Learning Programme

VocMat was a project aiming to develop an innovative, flexible training method for middle and senior management in the European tourism industry. It was created to address Europe’s below-average growth against the background of the rising growth rates of the tourism industry world-wide. The main reasons for the differences were attributed to Europe being a mature market, the increased competition from new destinations, and growing customer expectations of product and service quality.

VocMat seeked to increase Europe’s competitiveness through better management. Its aims were to address barriers to growth by:

  • developing a European solution for the tourism industry
  • delivering a new, innovative, flexible training method
  • targeting middle and senior tourism managers and owners.

The Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture (formerly the Department of Tourism Studies) participated in the VocMat Management and Research & Development Groups.

Semester 1 Timetable - October 2018 - January 2019
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