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The contribution provided by tourists is reinvested into ancillary and important tourist products such as beaches, roads, heritage sites, and more. have you, we make sure that all rel- evant permits are in good order, and we subsequently conduct an inspection. Here we would check total floor area of the proposed project so we make sure that the relevant Planning Authority per- mit is actually adhered to,” he ex- plained. “We guide the applicant to the re- quirements of bedrooms since not all rooms make proper bedrooms, and we also check the floor space available. We remind applicants that before advertising themselves or promoting their project on booking portals and other such now the two applications can happen simultane- ously, thus reducing bu- reaucracy yet further HOSPITALITY MALTA sites, the law requires them to have the relative operating licence and that they have to show this relevant reference number on their adver- tising” said Andre. Setting up a restaurant might have to involve six separate components that need the Directorate to hand- hold the client so the licence will become a gathering of all these separate operations. At the same time the Directorate has to en- sure that restaurants leased out of hotels do actually have their own licenses. And we continuously collaborate with the Planning Au- thority (PA) and the Food Safety Unit (FSU) to guide the appli- cant as thoroughly as possible.” On another level, the MTA prompted the change on when one could apply for the setting up of tables and chairs externally from their property; now the two applications of actually obtaining a “catering establishment” licence and that of “tables and chairs” can happen simultaneously, thus re- ducing bureaucracy yet further. “We are now practically a one stop shop; guiding as well as assisting hands-on in the requirements of the governmental bodies, being mainly the MTA itself, the Plan- ning Authority, Transport Malta, the FSU...eventually I reckon that the Lands Authority too will be part of this one stop shop system,” he explained. At the same time, there is an on- going need to identify unlicensed rooms in hotels as well as cater- ing outlets that have been leased to third parties. The directo- rate has to visit them and reas- sess or reconfirm their position.“ Andre underlined the fact that for the Directorate, the acquisition of required operating licensing is far from viewed as a source of income, or an indirect Govern- ment tax, but factual assurance SEPTEMBER | 2017 63