An ed­u­ca­tional cam­paign on travel ed­u­ca­tion

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

Travel ed­u­ca­tion is still lack­ing. To help ad­dress this is­sue, the Min­istry for For­eign Af­fairs and Trade Pro­mo­tion has em­barked on an ed­u­ca­tional cam­paign, which in­cludes the re­cently launched Malta Travel Point mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion as a guid­ance tool for Mal­tese trav­ellers in case of distress.

Speak­ing dur­ing an in­for­mal meet­ing with lo­cal travel agents on “in­tel­li­gent travel” at the min­istry, Min­is­ter for For­eign Af­fairs and Trade Pro­mo­tion Carmelo Abela high­lighted the fact that mo­bil­ity of Mal­tese cit­i­zens of all ages has in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly and in­stead of trav­el­ling to tra­di­tional des­ti­na­tions like the UK, Italy or France, peo­ple are opt­ing to dis­cover new ex­otic places. “While this is un­doubt­edly a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment, we need to en­sure that Mal­tese trav­ellers en­joy their hol­i­days or busi­ness trips and are aware of what they need to do if they find them­selves in dif­fi­culty.”

Min­is­ter Abela high­lighted the fact that the Malta Travel Point free mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion in­cludes con­tact in­for­ma­tion of em­bassies and con­sulates abroad and reg­u­larly up­dated travel ad­vice with re­spect to al­most all the coun­tries in the world.

Other fea­tures in­clude an emer­gency sec­tion that helps you iden­tify what to do in case of dif­fi­culty. This app even iden­ti­fies places where there is a hos­pi­tal and a po­lice sta­tion in case Mal­tese cit­i­zens need this help.

Dur­ing this brief­ing ses­sion travel agents were in­vited to be part­ners with the Min­istry in rais­ing aware­ness on what trav­ellers should do be­fore they book their flights. This in­for­ma­tion was out­lined through a pre­sen­ta­tion car­ried out by Con­sular direc­tor John But­tigieg.

The direc­tor for Con­sular Ser­vices said that in the near fu­ture this app will de­velop fur­ther so that the con­sulate would know who the peo­ple abroad are by reg­is­ter­ing in this ap­pli­ca­tion. The de­tails will be deleted as soon as the per­son re­turns to Malta.

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