Greece said on Thursday all unvaccinated restaurant and tourism workers nationwide must undergo regular COVID-19 tests, extending an obligation that previously applied only on some popular holiday islands as case numbers have continued to climb. After a disastrous year in 2020 where global travel evaporated, Greece lifted most restrictions and has been hoping for at […]


In a gastronomic first for Corinthia, the luxury hotel Corinthia Palace announces new home for renowned restaurant Bahia. Corinthia Palace has announced its exciting partnership with gastronomic award-winner, Bahia, as it continues to set standards for luxury hospitality in Malta. As part of that partnership, the popular Michelin-starred restaurant will move from its historic, converted […]


The publishing of data on short-stay accommodation comes as a follow-up to last year’s agreement between the European Commission and AirBnb,, Expedia and Tripadvisor. This covers national, regional and city data on number of stays booked, nights spent in accommodation etc. For more information: short-stay accommodation booked via collaborative economy ( This update was […]


The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) notes that Malta is on the EU’s red travel list as the number of COVID-19 cases continued to spike in recent weeks. MHRA has in the past months been on the forefront to commend Government for spearheading a pro vaccination policy with a view to position Malta as […]


Greek Cypriots paying with a credit card spent a total of €1.208.444 in the breakaway northern part of Cyprus from June 4 to the 30th, according to JCC Payments. June 4 was when the crossings in the divided island re-opened after over a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The data also shows that 37% […]


The year ahead will be defined by last-minute bookings due to the global Covid-19 pandemic conditions, said Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis during an Economist conference held at the Grand Resort Lagonissi this week, adding that the time was now to redefine priorities and to diversify the tourism product to meet the changing demands and […]


The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) consistently reiterates the need for a balanced approach towards safeguarding public health and keeping the economy operational. Prudence must be exercised on all fronts, all the times. MHRA has been working closely with the decision makers namely the health and the tourism authorities to ensure that hotels and […]


Controlled mass events can now hold more than 100 people provided that separate areas of the venue are used, under revised guidelines published this week. The government had announced that controlled events will be allowed to take place as from Monday 5 July, but attendance would initially be capped at 100 people. The revised guidelines, […]


Business travel is set to take a major hit in the aftermath of the pandemic, with almost 10% of UK business leaders who travelled for work pre-Covid planning to take fewer business trips in the future, according to new research. The survey, conducted by The University of Law Business School, found that almost half (44%) […]


The collapse of international tourism due to the pandemic could cause a loss of more than $4 trillion to the global GDP for 2020 and 2021, a new report warns. The estimated loss has been caused by the direct impact of Covid-19 on tourism and its ripple effect on other associated sectors. The study, jointly […]

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