Feltom AGM indicates positive 2013

03 February, 2014

Malta recorded further growth in incoming ELT students during 2013, according to provisional data presented by Tourism Minister Karmenu Vella at the AGM of the country’s language school association, Feltom, last week.

Tourism Minister Karmenu Vella at the Feltom AGM

Although the official statistics for 2013 have not yet been released, Vella said provisional indications were that 85,000 international students visited, representing around 250,000 students weeks and student spending of €145 million (US$196 million).

If confirmed, the provisional figures would constitute an increase compared with 82,000 students in 2012, which was itself an 18 per cent growth over the previous year .
The findings confirm many comments of further rises from schools in Study Travel Magazine’s recent market analysis feature on Malta’s ELT sector.

Addressing the Feltom AGM, Vella said the ELT sector represented 5.7 per cent of all tourism to Malta, around one in 18 of all visitors. He praised the proactive and productive co-operation between the Ministry for Tourism, the Malta Tourism Authority, the English Language Monitoring Board and Feltom, and pledged continuing government support for the sector.

Chairman of the Feltom Board, Julian Cassar Torregiani, thanked the board for its commitment to developing the sector and called for further government support through various initiatives so that member schools could invest and attract more students from emerging markets.

Feltom CEO, Genevieve Abela, gave an overview of the association’s work during 2013. She said that Feltom was continuing to build strong relationships with government agencies and other stakeholders, and added increased efforts in marketing and visibility were paying off, as the Feltom brand and accreditation were gaining in stature abroad.

As previously reported, Feltom unveiled a new logo at the AGM which celebrates the association’s 25th anniversary.

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