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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 […]
May 6, 2021

Further COVID Reopening Plans Revealed

Added: 6 May 2021 The Government has unveiled further re-opening stages for restaurants and snack bars in a press conference addressed today by Health Minister Chris Fearne and Public Health Superintendent Charmaine Gauci. The target dates for lifting further restrictions are: From May 24 Restaurants and snack bars allowed to open until midnight From June 7 Restaurants can allow six people per table (up from four) See full press conference here:  https://www.facebook.com/MaltaGov/videos/503800197651226 You can share your thoughts and opinions by leaving a comment in our discussion box below.
May 6, 2021

Inbound Tourism Down by 86% in March 2021

Added: 6 May 2021   Total inbound visitors for March 2021 were estimated at 10,291, a decrease of 86.3 per cent when compared to the corresponding month in 2020.   During the month under review, a total of 6,538 inbound tourists visited Malta for holiday purposes, followed by 2,705 tourists for business purposes. Most inbound tourists were aged between 25 and 44 years (48.9 per cent), followed by those within the 45-64 age bracket (27.0 per cent). A general increase in the average length of stay was recorded (Table 1).   Total nights spent went down by 65.2 per cent […]
May 6, 2021

Malta International Airport holds its 29th Annual General Meeting

Added: 5 May 2021   A decade of solid results equipped Malta Airport with resilience to withstand the shocks of the crisis; 2021 off to a slow start with year-to-date traffic totalling 137,887 passenger movements; Strategic investments & restoring the island’s connectivity will be prioritised as the company focuses on its recovery   Malta International Airport today held its twenty-ninth Annual General Meeting remotely, during which the company’s performance for the year ended 31 December 2020 as well as year-to-date traffic results were presented.   In his opening address, Malta International Airport Chairman Mr Nikolaus Gretzmacher said that while nothing […]
April 30, 2021

Air Malta Launches its Summer 2021 Flight Schedule

Added: 30 April 2021 Air Malta Launches its Summer 2021 Flight Schedule • 20destinations • Over 3,000 flights • 580,000 seats NOW on sale Air Malta has today launched its summer flight schedule with a planned operation to 20 cities. During the six–month program (covering May till October 2021), the Airline is committed to operate 3,012 flights and will offer for sale over half a million seats. Commenting on this plan, Air Malta’s Chief Commercial Officer Roy Kinnear stated, “This schedule delivers a strong message of commitment by the Airline towards the local and international tourism industry. The schedule focuses […]