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Published on : Wednesday, July 6, 2016
The Malta Tourism Authority announced that Mr. Thierry Durand, Marketing Manager France, has retired after many years of loyal service. Mr. Durand started working with MTA’s predecessor, the National Tourism Organisation of Malta (NTOM) in January 1998 and officially commenced his retirement on June 30th 2016. Apart from a one-year hiatus in 2006, Mr. Durand was continuously employed with Malta’s tourism regulator for a total of 17 years.
Before joining NTOM in 1998, Thierry was employed with TILC, a tour operator who specialised in language holidays to various countries, including Malta. It was during the Expolangues travel fair in Paris a year before that Mr. Dominic Micallef, Director of the Malta Tourist Office in the French capital, met Thierry for the first time. This chance encounter eventually led to Thierry’s long and productive career promoting the Maltese Islands to the French travelling public.
Speaking at a special farewell reception at the Malta Embassy in Paris, Thierry stated, “The first time I went to Malta was in the early 90s and I immediately fell in love with the country. It really felt like home. My time with the NTOM and MTA has been an amazing experience and an incredible pleasure to work for Malta and all the people at the Authority. I will never forget this part of my life… I shall dedicate my time to other matters now, but Malta will remain in my heart forever.”
Commenting on Mr. Durand’s departure, MTA CEO Mr. Paul Bugeja stated that, “It is with a mixture of sadness and happiness that we bid farewell to Thierry. We are sad to lose a valuable member of our overseas marketing team, a gentleman respected by his colleagues and the travel trade. But we are also happy for him that he can now enjoy his family and all those things which he could not fit into the hectic schedule of a marketing professional. We are grateful for all that Thierry has done for Malta and MTA over the years, and wish him all the best for the future.”
Photo Caption: (Left to right) Mr Dominic Micallef – Director Malta Tourism Office France, Mr Thierry Durand, H.E. Mr Vincent Camilleri, Ambassador of Malta to France.
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