The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) has over the past days been engaged in consultation with the Ministry of Tourism about a new law concerning Valletta, allowing music to be played outside until 01:00hrs. MHRA positively notes that over the past years Valletta has continued to transform itself into a destination in itself. MHRA […]


European Union Director General for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and Tourism Valentina Superti, in an interview with The Malta Business Weekly, briefly explains the way the EU and Malta are taking when it comes to accommodating not only the tourist of the future but also building a more sustainable tourism sector. What is being […]


Over 1000 delegates from 31 different countries are expected to attend the 7th Edition of the Mediterranean Tourism Forum which will happen on the 14th June at the Intercontinental Hotel, starting at 0900hrs. The Forum’s distinctive characteristic from other similar conferences is that it acts as a stage where new practical ideas are presented with […]


Establishments encouraged to seek STAR Journey certification, a new quality assurance standard that seeks to incentivise industry players at all levels to up their game. Malta is the first European country to be certified by the Forbes Travel Guide. This is an agency that classifies, into various categories, hotels and restaurants for the service they […]


Maltese Minister for the Environment, Energy and Sustainable Development Miriam Dalli said Thursday that the government wage supplement scheme has been extended to the month of May, as well as revealed that the total government investment for the scheme was that of over €720 million. The wage supplement scheme was launched to help recover from […]


Catering establishments and Hoteliers are being invited to an information session being organised by BCRS Malta Ltd, the operator of Malta’s Beverage Container Refund Scheme, in collaboration with Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA), and with the participation of the Scheme regulator, Circular Economy Malta. With only a few weeks until the launch of the […]


Maltese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health Chris Fearne announces lifting of several restrictions and changes in isolation rules. The mandatory wearing of face masks will only be applicable in hospitals, health clinics, elderly homes and on flights from Monday 2 May health minister Chris Fearne announced on Friday. Announcing the removal of the […]


The President of the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA), Tony Zahra, has said he is 100 per cent in agreement with comments by Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo that a “collective effort” is needed to ensure Malta’s tourism industry post-COVID. Speaking to, Mr Zahra confirmed that it is not just the authorities, but everyone, […]


Travel and tourism is expected to create nearly 126 million new jobs within the next decade. The forecast by the World Travel & Tourism Council also shows the sector will be a driving force of the global economic recovery, creating one in three of all new jobs. The latest WTTC economic impact report shows travel […]


A delegation from the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) Council led by President Tony Zahra and CEO Andrew Agius Muscat held a meeting with Minister of Tourism Hon Clayton Bartolo, and newly appointed Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Tourism Anthony Gatt.  During the meeting, President Tony Zahra congratulated Minister Bartolo for his reappointment […]

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