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GRTU Deputy President Philip Fenech has this week attended the launch of the Tourism Policy draft which was addressed by the Minister of Tourism Dr Edward Zammit Lewis.

The policy draft included the contribution of all stakeholders which could be affected within the tourism industry. Amongst these stakeholders GRTU proposed a number of recommendations which included the proposal to maximise the use of resources within Malta’s localities. It is important that tourists are spread amongst all localities. This will ease the increasing pressure on the infrastructure resulting from the increase in tourists flow.

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GRTU, in collaboration with ETC, has held an information session on Wednesday 7th January 2015 on the Training Aid Framework 2 Funding Opportunity. The session explained how employers could benefit from up to 70% reimbursement for costs regarding training held between 

January and June 2015. These costs include the trainer costs, the costs (hourly wage) of the training hours of the employee, and any travelling costs. Training can be both external as well as internal. Non-accredited training is also eligible up to 25 hours. The training can be of any type as long as it is not the minimum requirements stated by law to be able to operate in a particular role or sector.

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No wonder the taxi drivers in London and Paris protested angrily after the introduction of the UBER system in their respective cities.  UBER is already affecting their business in a big way and they are right to worry. So what is this UBER that everyone is talking about all over Europe? In a nutshell it matches people who need to go from one place to another within in a city with people who can offer a ride in their car to the desired location. The people providing the driving service are regular citizens looking to make some extra money on the side and not traditional taxi drivers. Having personally experienced just how good this system is performing in major cities such as Brussels, there is no doubt in my mind that this system could also work equally well in Malta. Once you try it, you will be simply amazed at how well the system works.

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