The Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS) has just launched the first issue of its new academic journal, under the name of Futuristic. The newspaper comes 10 years after the last publication of its predecessor, which was called “Welcome”. The new journal, with two issues per year, aims to promote academic research and innovation at ITS, not only with partners and stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality industry, but also with society in his outfit.
The inaugural issue includes several researched and interesting topics by academics and students; including an article on Maltese bread during WWII, an overview of creative clay tableware, controlling food waste in restaurants, an article on the experience of prisoners in Malta during WWI, the psychology of game, the present and future of the area formerly known as Azure Window in Gozo, saving the native Maltese bee, and an interview with the Minister of Tourism and Consumer Protection, who was also present for the launch.
In a joint statement, the Chairman and CEO of ITS, Mr. Carlo Micallef and Mr. Pierre Fenech, declared that this journey began 5 years ago, and if this new publication is the culmination of the speakers, c t is also a success for ITS. Carefully planned successive investments have enabled ITS to begin and progress on a long journey to transform the Institute into an international center of excellence for teaching tourism and hospitality.
They concluded by saying that with the many accomplishments over the years, as well as this achievement today, ITS is now in an even better position to continue to provide quality education to its students who will contribute products and services. of better quality for the level of quality that the Maltese tourism industry is aiming for.
Futuristic Editor-in-Chief Martin Debattista said the idea behind Futouristic is to provide relevant, scientific and well-written content presented in a colorful and eye-catching manner. The journal promotes research by academics and students, with an emphasis on students publishing alongside academics.
Mr Debattista said work on the next issue has already started and the next issue will be released in the second quarter. Although planning has started, opinions, comments and reviews are welcome to develop the journal further.
Minister of Tourism and Consumer Protection, Hon. Clayton Bartolo said that through this journal that we are launching today, we are providing a chance for students and academics to share their experiences at ITS. This is an important step that is part of ITS research and innovation, which will further improve the Maltese tourism product and prepare the workforce for the new realities of the tourism and hospitality sector.
Academics and students are researching the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the travel and tourism industry and this will be covered in future issues of Futuristic.
Futuristic will be distributed free of charge to stakeholders in the Maltese travel, tourism, hospitality and higher education sectors, local councils and other entities. Futuristic can also be found online.