Touristra signs multimillion deal with Paradise Bay Hotel
Karl Stagno-Navarra Paris-based tour operator Touristra will be selling Malta as a prime destination for the French market as of next year, after an absence of almost 11 years, promising to bring over 4,000 tourists in the first of a three-year deal estimated to be worth approximately €11 million.
Touristra is known to have sold thousands of holidays at the Hal Ferh Holiday Village in Ghajn Tuffieha, however, when its owners, Air Malta, decided to close the complex five years ago, the French company decided to pull out of Malta.
Robert Arrigo - managing director of Robert Arrigo and Sons, local handling agents of Touristra – said that the French company will start operating to Malta as from next April. The company signed a deal with the four star Paradise Bay Resort Hotel in Cirkewwa for room allocations.
It also reached an agreement with Air Malta for the advance purchase of airline seats.
According to Arrigo, Touristra’s three-year deal is estimated to be worth between €10 and €11 million in sales, hotel bookings and excursions.
Attending the contract signing at the Paradise Bay Resort Hotel were Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi and parliamentary secretary for tourism Mario De Marco.