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Originally, tourism was the realm of the privileged few who travelled infrequently has now grown not only to encompass hundreds of millions of people who travel annually, but has also expanded in terms of frequency of travel and reasons to travel for the individuals concerned.

In an increasingly globalised world, the existence of a worldwide calendar of events means that travellers are increasingly willing to roam around the world to participate in cultural, sports, music, festivals and other events. Destinations need to plug into this area which is forecast to grow rapidly in coming years.
The Malta Travel and Tourism Act
To make provision for the promotion of tourism, for the regulation of tourism services and operations, for the establishment of an authority with powers to that effect and for matters connected therewith or ancillary thereto.
The tourism economy has been heavily hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and measures introduced to contain its spread. Depending on the duration of the crisis, revised scenarios indicate that the potential shock could range between a 60-80% decline in the international tourism economy in 2020. Beyond immediate measures to support the tourism sector, countries are also shifting to develop recovery measures. These include considerations on lifting travel restrictions, restoring traveller confidence and rethinking the tourism sector for the future.