Author: Mediterranean Observer


The European Commission is pleased to invite you to the next Together for EU Tourism stakeholder event to be held on 11 September 2023, from 09:00 to 13:00. This will be a hybrid event, taking place in Brussels and online. The event will be hosted by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship […]


The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) presented the Deloitte -BOV Quarter 2 – 2023 Performance Review for Hotels observing that based on the data collected from hotels, and other stakeholders, the number of tourist arrivals for year 2023 promises to surpass the previous 2019 record. Michael Zarb, Deloitte Director, Economic and Policy Advisory, stated […]


By Tony Zahra, President of Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) Over the past decades since the inception of tourism in Malta the narrative was based on growth. And growth we managed to achieve. Indeed, after two years of pandemic we have managed to recover, and we are set on seeing a record number of […]


Today, the Commission published a Communication presenting the building blocks for a common European tourism data space. This data space will allow tourism businesses and public authorities to share a broad range of data to inform the development of innovative tourism services, improve the sustainability of the tourism ecosystem and strengthen its economic competitiveness. Tourism is […]


The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) calls upon Government to take urgent action and address various difficulties which currently are impacting the tourism industry, risking to seriously damage the identity and reputation of Malta being a truly beautiful and authentic Mediterranean destination. The Ministry of Tourism and the Malta Tourism Authority have been investing […]


The Malta Business Bureau (MBB) presented an assessment report on the European Commission’s proposal to establish a Packaging & Packaging Waste Regulation. The proposal aims to make packaging more sustainable by obliging the use of recyclable and reusable packaging, while also banning certain single-use formats such as miniature toiletry bottles and condiment sachets. Direct feedback […]


The Commission’s Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) report 2023 reveals that despite the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine resulting in an economic slowdown in the second half of 2022, EU labour markets have demonstrated remarkable resilience in 2022. The EU economy grew by 3.5% in real terms in 2022. Employment rates were at a […]


Following a dialogue with the European Commission and national consumer authorities (CPC network), Edreams ODIGEO, Etraveli Group and committed to better inform consumers of their rights in case of flight cancellations by airlines and to transfer ticket refunds within seven days after receiving them from the airlines, meaning that consumers should receive them after a total […]


The Commission welcomes the political agreement reached between the European Parliament and the Council of the EU on the Regulation proposed by the Commission laying down measures for a high common level of cybersecurity at the institutions, bodies, offices and agencies of the Union. Negotiations have now concluded, paving the way for final approval of the legal […]


The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) refers to a work to rule order issued by the Airline Pilots Association to its members leading to disruptions of Air Malta flight schedules. Now that the travel, tourism, and hospitality sector in Malta is recovering over the major losses suffered during two years of economic hardship resulting […]

About the Mediterranean Observer

The Mediterranean Observer is a news portal dedicated to travel tourism, and hospitality in the Mediterranean region. This portal is managed by the Mediterranean Tourism Foundation, based in the Mediterranean country of Malta.