English Language Tourism is a booming industry in Malta. Kermenu Vella, Minister for Tourism, said that 1 in 18 visitors to Malta were there to study English.
Estimates also put spending by students at €145 million in 2013 – a rise of €10 million from the previous year. The minister was speaking at the AGM of FELTOM – Malta’s primary organization of English language schools. This year FELTOM marks its 25th anniversary.
In recent weeks Malta has come under international scrutiny after proposals to offer Maltese (and therefore European) passports to anyone willing to pay for them. This has had a negative impact on the way Malta is perceived in the international media and FELTOM has criticized the move, suggesting it will damage Malta’s reputation and therefore the important and lucrative ELT business there.
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FELTOM – official site of the Federation of English Language Teaching Organisations Malta