Government silent on costs of new Visit Malta Cup in London

Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo and Malta Tourism Authority CEO Carlo Micallef refuse to divulge details on the cost of sponsoring an international football match in London in August between Tottenham Hotspurs and Bayern Munich.

The Shift has been informed that the friendly match, to be played at White Hart Lane stadium and dubbed the Visit Malta Cup, was fully sponsored by Malta as part of a new marketing initiative.

The match will take place just a week before the start of the English Premier League.

Questions sent to the Malta Tourism Authority on the amount spent and the impact expected from such a marketing effort were not answered.

An advert for the game by Visit Malta.

Minister Bartolo or Micallef also declined to confirm that the MTA sponsorship was not negotiated directly with the clubs involved but passed through a foreign agent close to the MTA’s top brass, who made a significant cut in commissions on the sponsorship deal.

The Malta Tourism Authority’s latest initiative is the second related to international football. Last year, the MTA spent €1.7 million to sponsor the Sela Cup, a weekend football tournament played at Newcastle’s St James Park.

Held last summer, the tournament hosted friendly matches between Newcastle, Italy’s Fiorentina, Spain’s Villa Real and France’s Nice.

According to Carlo Micallef, who attended the games with his family, the tournament served as a marketing platform for the Visit Malta brand and was ‘a complete success’.

The Malta Tourism Authority has also been sponsoring Manchester United for years.

Struck when disgraced former Minister Konrad Mizzi headed the tourism ministry, the three-year multi-million-euro deal was renewed for another five years by his successor Clayton Bartolo, a big fan of the club.

The government has refused to divulge the costs of the Manchester United deal, estimated to cost taxpayers millions a year.

                           

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S. Camilleri
S. Camilleri
1 month ago

“According to Carlo Micallef, who attended the games with his family, the tournament served as a marketing platform for the Visit Malta brand and was ‘a complete success’.” Well then, what is the problem with giving all information, including the cost of the family jamboree and who paid for it?

Nigel Baker
Nigel Baker
1 month ago

The ‘Visit Malta Cup’? One week before the Premier League starts? Unbelievable. The only guys on the pitch will be either under 16’s or stewards and catering staff that fancy a kickabout with all expenses paid for by the MFA. I doubt if any representatives of Bayern will even turn up!

Marcel Azzopardi
Marcel Azzopardi
1 month ago
Reply to  Nigel Baker

Shady stuff by the MTA, no doubt.
But you’re not that much into football with your description of the ‘guys on the pitch’.

NORBERT CROCKFORD
NORBERT CROCKFORD
1 month ago

“According to Carlo Micallef, who attended the games with his family, the tournament served as a marketing platform for the Visit Malta brand and was ‘a complete success’.” Can we know how much it cost us taxpayers to fund Carlo Micallef’s friends and families to enjoy this holiday in the Uk with full board ,lodging and expenses? YES, indeed it must have been a great success Carlo Micallef for you,friends and family especially when all was paid by us. These are just a few of your perks. How many tens of thousands of tourists came to Malta following this spree to make it such a success???

Austin Sammut
Austin Sammut
1 month ago

Micallef, the latest bum to join the gravy train leading to London “en famille”

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