Tourism, Culture and the Arts - Track Record - Track Record

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Francis Zammit Dimech managed in 2008 to achieve an absolute record in the number of tourists arriving in Malta. That followed the introduction for the first time ever in our aviation history of low cost carriers.

Apart from ensuring the required capacity to bring in tourists to our country, tourism depends largely on the quality of the product offered. In this respect Francis worked on upgrading the tourism zones with such projects as the St Julian’s / Sliema promenade as well as establishing Malta’s first ever blue flag beach – St George’s Bay that has been a tremendous success and has set the standard for future developments.

A particular achievement was to ensure that three major public – private sector projects kick off and become part of our fabric – that is the Valletta Cruise Liner passenger terminal, the Manoel Island / Tigne’ development project and the Cottonera Waterfront project inclusive of a new high end yacht marina catering for large yachts.

In the arts’ field, the greatest achievement has been the St James Cavalier – Centre for Creativity project. A Cavalier that had been abandoned to become a government printing press was transformed into a vibrant arts’ centre with spaces available for drama in the ‘theatre-in-the-round’, art exhibitions, artistic cinema, music, choreography and special events for children.