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THE MALTA FINANCIAL & BUSINESS TIMES

06 MARCH 2002
ISSUE NO. 226
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Editorial


The water gushing from our pipes
Letters
ISP’s code of ethics
From Philip Cassar - Chairman, ISPSS - Chamber of Commerce
Please refer to your article entitled "No lSP code of practice" which appeared on issue No: 224 dated Wednesday 20 February 2002..


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Across the board decline in hotel revenues, occupancy rates
- weak winter expected, summer indications ‘encouraging’
The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association yesterday confirmed that the events of 11 September had taken their toll on the local tourism industry over last year’s fourth quarter, with the five-star category being the hardest hit through a marked drop in the lucrative conference and incentive business. READ MORE >>

IT&T traders protest at certification costs
By Miriam Dunn
Operators and importers in the IT&T sector are incensed that Maltacom is refusing to back down over controversial backdated sums of money owed for certification stamps provided by the telecommunications company. READ MORE >>

Chamber calls for rent law review
The Chamber of Commerce yesterday reiterated its long-held stance that Malta’s current rent laws are the cause of a "huge social injustice", adding that the situation requires political consensus and an enhancement to the law that would rekindle landlords’ trust in the pertinent legislation. READ MORE >>

INTERVIEW
Beating bureaucracy in business
Silvio Debono of the Seabank Group, and Tony Zahra of Alpine Holdings, have developed and opened the Grand Hotel Mercure Coralia San Antonio in St Paul’s Bay, which is under a 10-year management contract to Accor, the world’s second largest hospitality and leisure operator. Here, Mr Debono speaks to MIRIAM DUNN about the challenges that such a major project bring.
OPINION
A two-way business stream
Finance Minister John Dalli addresses the BoV ‘Libya – your neighbour and business partner’ conference. Mr Dalli emphasises that business between the Malta and Libya is a two-way stream that depends on strong economic, cultural and political links

INVESTORS CORNER
Plaza Centres shows steady growth in profitability
At a board meeting held on Monday, Plaza Centres Chairman Albert Mizzi reported satisfactory results for the year ended 31 December 2001, with turnover increasing by 3.28 per cent to Lm563,104

GBP90m invested in VFM La Valette Funds
- shareholders briefed on international investment climate
MORE NEWS
Not just an alarm bell
EU finance ministers shelving Euro-Mediterranean bank proposal
Corinthia awards Maltese joint venture largest contract ever
Business opportunities discussed at Bank of Valletta seminar
Tui group calls for better tourism product
New Mediterranean business organisation launched

 

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Editor: Saviour Balzan
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