Students from English language schools will receive €10 per night if they stay at least 15 nights

Students coming to Malta to study the English language at language schools should receive €10 per night spent in the country, Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo has announced.

It comes after the minister announced that the country will open for tourism in June. In addition, new schemes have been introduced to encourage tourism in Malta as well as to help businesses in the tourism sector, including waiving licensing fees for Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) agencies for 2021.

This will lead to a total of €1m spent, with the government expecting to generate €7m in return. Eligible students are those who spend at least 15 nights in Malta to learn English in language schools. This amount is capped at €300 per student, so any student who spends more than 30 days studying in Malta will still receive €300. Vouchers will be issued upon arrival of students in Malta through the language schools.

These vouchers can be spent at any store that uses the government-pronounced voucher system. Applications will open from next Monday and interested schools should apply to the MTA. The scheme will be open from 1st June.

The application process will require English-language schools to submit a number of documents to the MTA so that there are checks and balances in place to ensure it is successful, the minister said.

A copy of the airline reservation, arrival and departure dates, course details and duration and individual details of the student who will benefit from this scheme will be requested, among others. Once verified, the voucher will be sent directly to the schools for onward transmission to the student.

The Minister also announced that in the coming days a webinar will be organized by the MTA to further explain this scheme.

The English-language school industry has taken a hit, with the pandemic leaving them on their knees due to the lack of students arriving from abroad. That’s what the new program seeks to address, the tourism minister said.

“Tourism is the lifeblood of the Maltese economy…we have been trying to see how we will recover in this sector from the very beginning, and with the incentives we are introducing every week, we are trying not to leave anyone behind,” , said Bartolo.

The Minister for Tourism also remarked that Malta should expect to know whether it will be included in the UK green list this evening.