Mediterranean ObserverOctober 19, 2021

Despite the upcoming winter period, the occupancy rate of hotels in Turkey is still high with tourists extending the delayed tourism season, chairperson of the Russian Union of Travel Industry (RST), Irina Tyurina said. Speaking to the Russian press, she said that the hotels in Turkey are almost full and some of them are not […]

Mediterranean ObserverOctober 17, 2021

Staff shortages is forcing some hotels to keep rooms empty, while at the same time facing demands for higher wages, President of the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association Tony Zahra said. Zahra was contacted by The Malta Independent on Sunday after this media house received information that some hotels are struggling, for example, to find […]

Mediterranean ObserverOctober 17, 2021

Nouvelair is to relaunch regular flights to Tunisia from Gatwick and Manchester from March 2022 following the easing of travel restrictions. The privately-owned Tunisian airline first started flights in July 2021, but they were suspended shortly afterwards due to UK government restrictions. The airline confirmed it would restart flights to Tunis on its fleet of […]

Mediterranean ObserverOctober 17, 2021

MSC Cruises has agreed €2.4 million in compensation after MSC Opera crashed into a Uniworld-operated river vessel in Venice. The collision in June 2019 put the smaller River Countess out of service for three months with the loss of 14 cruises. The incident happened as MSC Opera, built in 2004, was preparing to dock in […]

Mediterranean ObserverOctober 17, 2021

Travel firms are being urged to “beef up” benefits to attract staff in the face of the industry’s “worst staffing shortage”. As demand rises, many agencies and tour operators are offering jobs, but recruitment firms say companies must improve offers amid a staffing crisis across the UK retail sector. Hybrid home and office working have […]

Mediterranean ObserverOctober 17, 2021

Fully vaccinated travellers will be exempt from the need to have a negative PCR Covid-19 test to enter to Tunisia, from Saturday October 16. Currently, before they travel, all visitors must fill in a health monitoring form and have a negative PCR test result, taken within 72 hours of boarding a flight to Tunisia. Children […]


With the pandemic driving away visitors, some Venetians allowed themselves to dream of a different city — one that belonged as much to them as to the tourists who often assembled in their stone piazzas, cobblestone alleyways and even their apartments. In a silent city, the chiming of its 100 bell towers, the splashing of […]


Israel’s tourism ministry is working on plans to allow individual vaccinated tourists to visit the country from the beginning of November. Currently only organised groups of between five and 30 tourists from “green, yellow and orange” countries are allowed to visit Israel. The Israel Government Tourist Office (IGTO) said 34,500 tourist entries were recorded in […]


Air Malta has been voted the 3rd ‘Best Regional Airline in Europe’ and the 10th ‘Best Regional Airline in the World’ at the Skytrax World Airline Awards™ 2021. The Maltese airline has also been voted as the 5th Best Airline in Southern Europe. As a result of this positive performance, Air Malta climbed 7 places […]


Passes issued by Kosovo, Palestine, Bermuda and Bahrain are now recognised Malta has started to recognise COVID-19 vaccine certificates issued by the Republic of Kosovo, Palestine, Bermuda and the Kingdom of Bahrain. The Health Ministry said the authorities are also recognising the vaccine certificate issued by Israel following its inclusion in the EU’s Digital Vaccine […]

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