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SIBIT (Sustainable Inter-Regional Bike Tourism)

The main objective of this project, amounting to €1,101,240, is that of introducing and supporting joint and standardised infrastructural development and new operational activities in both Malta and Sicily within a natural and rural environment aimed at promoting bike tourism as a form of sustained tourist development.

 
The point of inception of the ‘SIBIT’ project has been based on the presumption that there exists no special offering (in Malta and Sicily) on bike tourism albeit there are the conditions for this segment to flourish.  Also, the idea has focused on the value added as a result of this new opportunity which places particular emphasis on:
 
  • the environment 
  • a healthy lifestyle and 
  • seasonal mitigation factors 

 
Undoubtedly, amongst other things, this project will:
 
  • enable the accretion of wealth and financial prosperity through increased commercial activity and more employment opportunities through the packaging of a product (bike tourism) amongst a multitude of direct and indirect stakeholders, e.g tourist guides, hoteliers, restaurateurs, tourist agencies, tour operators, public entities, NGOs, artisans, bike rental agencies – which may increase in number as a result of more activity being generated - language schools’ operators and so forth; 
  • pave the way for a follow on (after the termination of this project’s timeframe) through the introduction of future guidelines as contemplated in the communication plan as well as the involvement of suitable entities in the adherence to new long term agreements brought as a result  of activities initiated during the term of this project 
 
 
 
This project gives the possibility to both participating parties to, synergistically, promote one another within a tourist oriented context upon which both of them can boast of great potential be this relating to nature, the environment, culture, the art of cooking, architecture and history at large.  As a result, the study of a unique and homogenous product which may be exported to a tourist means that both parties may be in a position to increase the overall level of their respective tourist appeal. 

 
Furthermore, the favourable mild climate which is so prevalent during the entire year allows both interested parties to be in a position to, uninterruptedly, offer many a biking holiday opportunity to enthusiasts during the cold winter months of the northern hemisphere.

 
The exchange of know-how and the possibility for both parties to provide more value for money within so much geographical proximity - where Sicily is closer to Malta than certain high profile tourist cities within mainland Italy – is, indeed, an enviable opportunity for growth.

 
For more information on project, kindly visit: http://www.mta.com.mt/page.aspx?id=212
 

Contact Information:

 Contact Name 
Ministry for Tourism
Auberge de Italie
Merchants Street
Valletta VLT 2000 
 
 Telephone
22915000
 
 Email