The tourism industry in summer is expected to register a substantial increase in numbers, and part of this is due to the English Language students, Federation of English Language Teaching Organisations of Malta (FELTOM) said in a statement.
The EFL industry is expecting encouraging numbers for this coming peak season, with estimated arrivals surpassing last year’s. In 2018 we had about 30,000 students visiting our shores during the months of July and August.
In its statement, FELTOM thanked the general public for their understanding and hospitality towards our industry. As a Federation it ensures that member schools have an excellent standard in their cohesive offering, from teaching to student recruitment, facilities and safety, amongst others.
Locally, the EFL industry has been operating for more than 40 years, and year after year we provide the students with the opportunity to learn English and explore our beautiful Islands. Malta is seen as a safe, accepting and hospitable country, and this works in our favour when parents are deciding which destination they will choose for their children to learn English.
Within this industry, various locals choose to host students and allow them to interact with their families, giving them the opportunity to explore our culture in everyday life. In view of the increasing numbers that are projected for this season, the demand for host families is continuously on the rise, and therefore we encourage families to open their doors to such an experience. Besides the financial gain, hosting a foreign student at home also enriches family life, exposes the hosts to different cultures and possibly even lifelong friendships.
With this in mind, all stakeholders and residents in the busy areas are urged to be kind and supportive to tourists and language students alike, since these students make part of the future of our tourism industry, while contributing a projected income of €137.2 million to the Maltese economy every year. Part of this income also goes to the accommodation providers, therefore we should all work to ensure that we all offer our tourists an excellent service, while doing our utmost to welcome EFL students to our shores.
While schools are encouraged to foster good behaviour and responsible enjoyment to all their students, it is also important to remember that today’s students are tomorrow’s potential tourists. The memories they make while visiting our island will be what they recall when they decide their future destinations with their own families.