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Freshening ideas - Maltese tourist agency hosts Slovakian entrepreneur

May 2010

Global Air Travel

Maltese tourist agency Global Air Travel wished to get some fresh insight from a young entrepreneur, as well as new international contacts. This is why it received Slovakian Alena Seginkova, a would-be-entrepreneur, during four months through the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs scheme.

Global Air Travel which has been in the Bugeja family since 1996, provides tourism services for foreigners in Malta. The owner Joseph Bugeja was drawn by Seginkova's background in nature protection, business and tourism - all key in his business. Bugeja thought an exchange of ideas among his staff would be welcome, too, while hosting a future entrepreneur and providing her with essential skills for the field in practice.

Working in the company management, marketing, networking and eco tourism, Seginkova brought her skills and viewpoint to Bugeja's business - much appreciated during the exchange. Seginkova - willing to start a business herself - wanted to gain contacts between Malta and Slovakia and thanks the experience for that. Bugeja himself highly appreciated the outcome: "The Erasmus for New Entrepreneurs programme is of great benefit to the company.  It creates future opportunities for collaboration in the tourist sector between Malta and the international market.”

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs – an exchange programme for young entrepreneurs and experienced entrepreneurs that host them in another country – has proved very successful during it’s a bit more than one-year existence. Aimed at mutual inspiration and experience sharing, more than 2,000 people have applied and by the third quarter of 2010 an estimated 500 stays will have taken place in different sectors such as promotion and media, education, IT and medicine. During the first year, the most sought-after country of destination was the UK, whereas the most participants came from Spain and Italy.

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