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Malta eyes 20% growth in Indian tourist arrivals in 2018

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Malta, a small island country in the Mediterranean Sea, is eyeing a 20 per cent growth in Indian tourist arrivals this year.

Around 4,000 Indian tourists visited in 2017.

"With being one of the biggest emerging markets for in Malta, we want to tap its potential. We expect the number of tourists will continue to increase in the coming years," told

The further said he expects the footfalls from to grow over 20 per cent in 2018.

"Our vision is to register sustained increases of from the Indian market," he added.

Mizzi said the film industry will boost the tourism, with initiatives like the Malta-Film Festival, a three-day event starting December 14 in Malta, along with incentives for filmmakers, which is being reviewed to address the industry needs further.

He said there has already been a number of tie-ups established with major production companies in Bollywood.

Malta, he said, is connected with India with direct flights to and from all major European cities and airport hubs, as well as north Africa, with daily connections to most of the major cities in India.

"Talks have focused on enhanced between and India, in order to provide travellers with a much shorter connection to Europe, as well as a hub for connectivity to both and north Africa," he added.

The country is looking to promote itself as an all-year-round destination, with heritage all around and diving and adventure opportunities, he said.

It is in talks with government and Bollywood on promoting and marketing both the countries for tourism, according to Mizzi.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 14:25 IST