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€1.50 THURSDAY 10 DECEMBER 2020 • ISSUE 87 WWW.BUSINESSTODAY.COM.MT PAGE 3 Editorial PAGE 7 UNWISE TO ROLL BACK POLITICAL CONSENSUS ON THE TUNNEL PAGE 5 PAGE 4 Malta to get more funding for health, research and educational programmes Maltese researchers to apply innovative cooling technology for vaccine transportation PAUL COCKS GOVERNMENT will continue of- fering its support to the tourism sector with the aim of returning to more normal levels of operation in the shortest possible term, tourism minister Clayton Bartolo told Busi- nessToday. With most operators in the indus- try suffering heavy financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many depend solely on government assistance to avoid shutting down permanently or firing staff. Amongst the hardest hit are guest- houses, which have suffered irreper- able losses despite creative attempts to realign business in order to attract guests. From reduced prices to long-let packages: with no tourists or foreign workers to fill rooms as COVID-19 rages unabated, guesthouse owners are pinning their hopes on the vaccine and continued government financial assistance Guesthouse owners pinning survival on vaccine and government assistance Tourism minister Clayton Bartolo

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