5 people who studied at ITS

5 people who studied at ITS
Jul 29 2022 Share

The Institute of Tourism Studies is one of Malta’s main pillars when it comes to tourism, hospitality and everything in between and you would be surprised about how many local and international success stories have emerged from this Maltese institution.

Successful business owners, event-planning masterminds and so much more; past ITS students celebrate their status as ITS alumni every single day. That being said, here are 5 people who studied at ITS!

Lee GarrardOwner at Kir Royal Café

Lee began his journey in hospitality as a pool boy in one of Malta’s leading hotels. He enjoys meeting people from different nations, and he knew that working in the hospitality industry would be his career. From enrolling with ITS for the Diploma in Food & Beverage Service Operations to embarking on his one-year internship programme in an exclusive London hotel, Lee built an unmatched repertoire of skills.

Nowadays, he is the proud owner of Kir Royal Café, tucked away in our enchanting capital city, Valletta. A small outlet focusing on quality and quintessential service.

Ruth SavonaEvent Planning Manager at Grand Hyatt Dubai

From having an interest in hospitality in her Junior College days to developing a passion for meeting new people and learning about hotel operations from working part-time in Malta’s leading 5-star hotels, Ruth’s career goals were always set. Nothing seemed right for her when she came to choose a University course, until she came across the ITS website and found the Hospitality Management course.

With an academic experience which exceeded even her own expectations, Ruth attended an international internship before deciding to make her way to one of the world’s leading hospitality cities in Dubai. Today, she is the Event Planning Manager at the Grand Hyatt Dubai and thanks to ITS, she had the right tools and know-how to kickstart her career.

Letizia VellaHead Chef & Owner at The Golden Fork

Letizia started studying with ITS quite late at age 21 as she decided to pursue her dreams in culinary arts. Thanks to the instructors, advisors, curriculum and facilities at ITS, Letizia went on to became the owner and head chef of beloved local establishment The Golden Fork.

Developing creativity, confidence and experience from the Institute’s internship opportunities and building a broad foundation of technical knowledge through ITS’ curriculum, Letizia got her foot in the right doors and successfully climbed the professional ladder.

Jonathan PaceGeneral Manager at Corinthia Budapest

Joining ITS in 1998 and sitting for the Higher National Diploma in Hospitality Management, Jonathan Pace now holds the role of General Manager at one of Budapest’s most prestigious hotels. From spending a one-year internship at the world-renowned Gleneagles Hotel to developing his hospitality skills in Prague, St. Petersburg and finally Budapest, Jonathan’s journey could not have been possible without him joining ITS.

The above journey could not have been possible had Jonathan not joined ITS and he can only recommend anyone who would like to pursue a career in hospitality to do the same.

Chrysander AgiusBusiness Owner and Events Manager

A jack of all trades in the local events and media industry, Chrysander Agius (better known as just Sander) graduated from ITS. His studies were the formation of many events and businesses throughout his career.

ITS helped to improve his management skills, understand the framework of catering operations and even master the eye for detail. He now specialises in event organisation and that is where the training and knowledge kicks in. ITS allowed Chrysander to develop his persona and master his skills and recommends anyone wanting to work in the events scene to apply for a study programme.

Take a look at the prospectus for yourself and let us know what you think!

Applications are currently open and found at www.its.edu.mt



WATCH: Shaun Farrugia features on Love Island AGAIN with chilling Coldplay cover

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Following the release of his first original track and first-ever performance at the Isle of MTV Malta, local singer-songwriter Shaun Farrugia continues his meteoric rise to fame with yet another feature on hit TV series Love Island.


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Farrugia first got featured on the British reality series with his cover of The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights which went on to make major success in the charts and on Shazam.

The Maltese artist’s rendition of Coldplay is only the latest in a series of massive tracks which include the Blinding Lights cover and two collaborations with Superstar DJ Martin Garrix.

The sky is the limit for Shaun Farrugia and we’re here for it.


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420,000 vehicles in Malta’s roads, National Statistics Office reveals

Jul 28 2022 Share

The National Statistics Office has revealed that the total amount of licensed vehicles in Malta’s roads amount to just under 420,000.

50 new vehicles were introduced every single day between April and June of this year, amounting to a total of 4,585. 75% of the aforementioned were private cars while 13% were commercial vehicles while motorcycles, quadbikes and e-scooters amount to a total of 10% of licensed vehicles.

During the second quarter of 2022, 7,224 motor vehicles were removed from national roads due to restrictions, with 36.4% of them being scrapped, 31.5% put in a garage and 30.2% being re-sold.

The NSO also revealed an increase in electric vehicles and hybrid plug-ins, with the amount of the aforementioned vehicles totalling to 9,452, accounting for 2.3% of Malta’s vehicles. Meanwhile, 246,977 vehicles operated on petrol engines while 155,871 functioned with diesel.

What do you make of this?


WATCH: “Next months are definitely not going to be easy”, Miriam Dalli says in CNN interview

WATCH: "Next months are definitely not going to be easy", Miriam Dalli says in CNN interview
Jul 28 2022 Share

Following the agreement reached between the Council of Ministers within the European Union, Malta’s own Minister for the Environment, Energy and Enterprise Miriam Dalli took a brief moment to speak with international news platform CNN to discuss the importance within the context of the European Union’s economy and energy supply.


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While Malta was exempt from the vote, 27 EU states agreed in principle to the voluntary agreement to reduce gas consumption. Dalli highlighted how the swift decision was taken in light of the urgency of the matter.

“The situation is what it is and when you are faced with such a challenging situation, I believe that the options in front of us are either to be prepared for what might happen or let things be and then find a situation which is in your hands which might be major and more massive than you would have actually been able to cater for”, Dalli told the CNN reporter.

Dalli went on to highlight that “it is showing that the EU is preparing itself for any eventualities, even considering also that the next months are definitely not going to be easy.” The Minister concluded a recent social media post by stating that this approach is being taken while attempting to protect Maltese citizens from the negative impact of the increase in energy prices well assuring autonomy and security in the provision of energy.

Are you at all concerned by the looming energy crisis?