Karmenu is a seasoned politician who was always considered to be a progressive moderate. He is one of those who really delivers and the few months he headed the Ministry of Tourism, he spearheaded the MTA to start thinking strategically. Ask the operators and they’ll tell you that the Minister who understood their sector most was Karmenu. He understood Malta’s needs and whilst empathizing with the operators, he never gave them a carte blanche as is the case at the moment. Government lost complete control of the MTA as it’s strategy is being dictated by the MHRA, which ensured not only to make its voice heard but also planted its own people on the MTA board and placed its own man at the helm in the CEO’s seat. How can MTA ever looks at what is best for Malta? Its strategy is purely based on the numbers game. The only yardstick being used is how many tourists are coming to Malta irrespective of the number of nights they spend here and how much they spend per capita. Quantity is taking precedent to quality. The ultimate objective is the filling of beds; nothing else. And if that is not enough, MHRA also took complete control of ITS and took it back to the 70′s by placing more accent on the catering side of things rather than moving in the direction and momentum which it had embarked on in recent years in becoming a holistic educational institution focusing on Hospitality and Tourism whilst following closely the Bologna Process. This would never have happened in Karmenu’s time! And now, whilst being assigned the very delicate task by Dr. Muscat, Karmenu is continuing to show that he is the man on the ball. Of course the PN apologists would try their best to discredit him as he is proving to be a sharp thorn at their side. Don’t they realize that the GonziPN they are trying to defend, has so much dried up of ideas that it had to resort to copy Labour’s slogan of “Ghaqal” for this year’s budget.
Quo Vadis GonziPN indeed!