Malta’s economy is heavily dependent on tourism activities so it is no surprise that it has an institution for higher education whose purpose is to solely provide the industry with well-qualified and trained individuals. With tourism being the main pillar in the economy the demand for skilled and knowledgeable workers never diminishes.
Since being established in 1987, the Institute for Tourism Studies has grown and developed rapidly offering a vast range of courses to suit the changing needs of the industry.
Tourism like every other industry is not static so it is the duty of ITS to not only be aware of the current needs of the industry but to correctly train its students to meet them.
All this is reflected in their mission statement which states that:
“The Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS) aims to provide educational programmes in the field of Tourism. It seeks to identify and monitor customer needs and satisfaction and is responsible for providing the Hospitality Industry with personnel trained to international standards.”
In order to provide its students with the necessary skills and abilities, it places a great emphasis on actual experience in the industry. The majority of courses provided by the Institute of Tourism Studies include a practical aspect which gives the students the opportunity to gain experience in their fields outside of the classroom while also learning theoretical aspects of their respective fields.
In Malta there is a general misconception that all students who attend ITS are chefs-to-be. While ITS does provide a variety of courses which are related to food preparation it also offers courses in many other tourism related fields at various levels. These include:
- Higher Diploma in Hospitality Management
- Diploma in Hotel Operations
- Diploma in Food and Beverage Service
- Certificate in Tour Guiding
- Certificate in Accommodation Operations
They also provide various Part-Time courses such as ‘Starting with chocolate’, which offer in-depth knowledge in the art of chocolate making and different levels of Wines, Spirits Educational Trust (W.S.E.T)
Certain courses all provide the students with the valuable opportunity of a one-year international internship which gives the students the benefit of gaining further experience and knowledge in another country.
The Institute of Tourism Studies is also the home of one of the few remaining restaurants in Malta that offers silver service. The ‘Pembroke Suite restaurant’ opened within the ITS in 1991 to offer students an in-house opportunity to practice their food preparation and service skills. Usually one must expects to pay a fair sum of money to enjoy a silver service dining experience but this is not the case at the Pembroke Suite restaurant. A 3-course lunch costs a mere €15 and dinner costs €20 (excluding wines and spirits). Reservations are strongly recommended and a 50% deposit is required if you wish to book a table for 6 or more people. Opening hours are Monday to Friday for lunch from 12.30 hours – 14.00 hours, Wednesday evening for themed dinners, and on Thursday and Friday evenings for dinner from 19.30 hours – 22.30. Reservations can be made by telephone on 23793 333 between 0800 hours and 1600 hours.
Contact details for the Institute of Tourism Studies are the following:
Institute of Tourism Studies – Malta
Address: Bajja San Gorg, San Giljan STJ 02, Malta
Telephone: +356 23793231 – 5
Fax: +356 23793220
Institute of Tourism Studies – Gozo
Address: Triq l-Isqof Buttigieg, Qala GSM 103, Gozo
Telephone: +356 21555373
Fax: +356 21555373