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June 14, 2021

MIA traffic figures show improvement in May

Added: 14 June 2021   75,420 PASSENGERS TRAVELLED THROUGH MALTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN MAY   May was the first month of 2021 to surpass the 40,000 passenger mark May traffic dropped by 88.8 per cent over the same month in 2019 MIA expects capacity deployed by airlines in June to more than double over May   As the Maltese islands edged closer to the reopening of travel and tourism, Malta International Airport registered 75,420 passenger movements during the month leading to this resumption.   This total for May translates into a drop of 88.8 per cent compared to the same […]
May 21, 2021

Michelin Stars Presented to Five Maltese Restaurants

Added: 21 May 2021   De Mondion Restaurant, Under Grain, ION – The Harbour, Bahia Restaurant and Noni Restaurant yesterday received the prestigious Michelin Star Award, after being included in the 2021 Michelin Guide for Malta, which is now in its second edition.   Addressing the ceremony, Dr Gavin Gulia, Chairman of the Malta Tourism Authority said that “the MTA welcomes the second edition of the Malta Michelin Guide which is yet again, another step in the right direction for our quality restaurants. Malta has, over time become known for its gastronomy, which oftentimes goes beyond Mediterranean Cuisine. This second […]
May 19, 2021

Think Tank formed to make Malta a ‘Centre of Touristic Excellence’

Added: 18 May 2021   Acknowledging the importance of the UK market for the tourism sector, Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo has claimed the authorities are doing their utmost so that Malta makes the green list when the next review is made.   Speaking during the launch of a think tank to help make the island a “centre of touristic excellence”, Bartolo said the authorities are in contact with the British High Commission and the UK government to pass on all the necessary information and health indicators about the COVID-19 situation.   Asked how positive he is about the prospect of being […]
May 12, 2021

Viking Expands Restart of Cruising with Two More Ships from Valletta

Added: 12 May 2021   Viking announced today that it will restart operations in the Mediterranean with new ocean voyages for vaccinated guests beginning this summer, according to a press release.   The Viking Venus and Viking Sea will homeport in Valletta and sail two different 11-day roundtrip itineraries in the Mediterranean.   Guests on the new Malta & Adriatic Jewels itinerary will overnight in Valletta and then sail to Montenegro and Croatia, calling in Kotor, Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Šibenik, before returning to the Maltese archipelago, with a stop in Gozo and finally back to Valletta. Guests on the […]
May 10, 2021

MHRA Express Relief for the Re-Opening of Restaurants

Added: 10 May 2021   The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) expresses relief for the re-opening today of restaurants, a cornerstone of the tourism sector and a critical facility for hotel operations.   MHRA Restaurants’ Council Representatives Isabella Debattista, Rosie Grech, Claudienne Harb and Richard Cleland state that, “Today is an important step towards kick starting the economy and protecting people’s livelihoods in this sector. Our businesses have suffered terribly and now deserve to succeed having been extremely responsible and patient during this difficult time.” The re-opening of restaurants is a major relief also for hotels which so far […]
May 9, 2021

Pushing Profit Beyond the Guest Room in 2021

Added: 9 May 2021   Hoteliers are under unforeseen pressure to make magic happen in the new year and get their profitability back on track. Three words: “Total Profit Optimisation.” You’ve likely heard them spoken before in hushed whispers. It’s the ever-elusive and seemingly unattainable holy grail of hotel revenue leadership.   Maximising Your Business Revenues by Total Profit Optimisation Total profit optimisation considers costs associated with acquiring and servicing every hotel reservation and the profit of each revenue stream associated with the reservation or onsite spend. Instead of just seeing hotel revenue through a narrow guest-room view, this holistic […]
June 15, 2021

Exclusive Interview: The Hon Clayton Bartolo

The Hon Julia Farrugia Portelli had barely settled in her new role as Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection when she was faced with dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. In an exclusive interview with Horeca Magazine, the Hon Minister shares her experience in the first few months in her new role and the challenges the local tourism industry is currently facing.
May 3, 2021

Keeping the Client at the Centre of our Business: Dino Fino

We met Dino in his Home and Contract showroom in Valley Road, Msida. He explains that he branched out from the Fino family business in 2017, setting up a new company with two main divisions: the Home Division which handles consumer queries and the Contract Division which handles Horeca projects.
November 4, 2020

Restaurant Review: Root 81

Dining out during a pandemic might not be one of the most enticing events, however the Horeca editorial team gladly accepted the invitation to dine at Root 81 and experience the launch of the restaurant’s new menu.
April 22, 2020

2020 Vision: Hospitality Outlook for the New Decade

What are the major trends and concepts which will affect hospitality in the next ten years? Tourism Consultant Joseph Galea shares his thoughts in this feature which was prepared before the COVID-19 pandemic but the importance of issues like customer engagement and paying more than lip service to the issue of sustainability, both during and after this pandemic, is stronger than ever.
April 22, 2020

Training the future workforce to battle food waste

The Institute of Tourism Studies is one of the partners in the EU-funded Life Foster project, aimed at reducing food waste in the restaurant industry. Co-financed by the EU Commission LIFE Programme and led by the Italian network for VET, ENAIP NET, the LIFE FOSTER project aims at reducing waste in the restaurant industry.
June 16, 2021

Pioneering a Farm to Fork Concept

Excellent food is not all it takes to give diners their magical restaurant experience. It takes a lot more. Most of us who dine in restaurants set an expectation they hope will be achieved - from the moment they set their reservation to the moment they walk out of the restaurant’s doors - there needs to be a standard. Sitting at a Root81 table, whether with family or friends, is an experience from start to finish. There’s a feeling that you’re being taken care of in the establishment and it’s one instilled by Patron Chef Robert Cassar.
June 16, 2021

Six Things to Consider When Choosing a POS Machine

Excellent food is not all it takes to give diners their magical restaurant experience. It takes a lot more. Most of us who dine in restaurants set an expectation they hope will be achieved - from the moment they set their reservation to the moment they walk out of the restaurant’s doors - there needs to be a standard. Sitting at a Root81 table, whether with family or friends, is an experience from start to finish. There’s a feeling that you’re being taken care of in the establishment and it’s one instilled by Patron Chef Robert Cassar.