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Speakers High Level Conference on Sustainable Tourism & EMAS Awards 2017
8 May 2017, Valletta, Malta

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Hon. Dr. Edward Zammit Lewis, a lawyer by profession, is currently the minister for tourism of the Republic of Malta. Edward Zammit Lewis is a member of the Maltese Social Democratic Party and his political career began during his academic years where he occupied the post of president of the Labour Party’s youth branch for two consecutive years. Dr. Zammit Lewis was successfully elected as a member of the House of Parliament in the 2013 general elections, won by the Labour Party, and he was immediately appointed by the Prime Minister to serve as parliamentary secretary for competitiveness and economic growth. He was subsequently appointed minister for tourism in April 2014, and he occupies this post up to current date. As minister for tourism, Dr. Zammit Lewis is mainly responsible for three key sectors of the Maltese economy, first of which is the vital tourism sector, where in 2017 Malta is expected to surpass two million tourist arrivals, which is equivalent to approximately five times the Maltese population. Under Dr. Zammit Lewis’s tenure, the main objectives of the Ministry for Tourism is to ameliorate the Maltese tourism product, to further invest in human capital, and finally, to enhance the ever important airline connectivity to the Maltese Islands. The ministry portfolio also includes the aviation sector where the stated vision is to create an important regional aviation cluster capable of providing a wide spectrum of aviation related services. Moreover, Dr. Zammit Lewis is also responsible for the Maltese film industry which is experiencing unprecedented growth. The aim is to ensure a sustainable film industry while promoting indigenous film productions that, in turn, will ensure further job creation and wider economic benefits.