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

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 15, 2021

More coronavirus restrictive measures relating to mass events will be lifted as from Monday, health minister Chris Fearne announced on Friday morning during a press conference at the Central Procurement and Supplies Unit in San Ġwann. After explaining in detail how the new budgetary measures will affect the health care services as of next year, […]

Mediterranean ObserverOctober 15, 2021

Malta would have faced a downturn in tourism even if the Coronovirus pandemic had not hit, as the number of available beds was growing higher than the actual demand, a study presented to the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association shows. Presenting the results of a study at an MHRA National Tourism Forum, Raphael Aloisio, a […]


Malta will be the first country in the world to participate in the Forbes Travel Guide STAR Journey Award, a comprehensive quality programme which aims to set Malta as an In-Partnership Forbes Travel Guide Destination with a focus on Service Excellence and Safety. The aim of the Forbes Travel Guide STAR Journey Award is to […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 29, 2021

The MHRA refers to the announcement made yesterday by Deputy Prime Minister Dr Chris Fearne about restaurants which voluntarily accept only fully vaccinated people in possession of a recognised vaccine certificate. MHRA has repeatedly recognised the efforts spearheaded by Government in gearing Malta to have one of the world’s highest vaccination rates. MHRA welcomes the […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 28, 2021

A number of Covid-19 restrictions are going to be relaxed next week, Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne announced on Tuesday. For restaurants, bars and band clubs (kazini) that voluntarily accept only fully vaccinated people in possession of a recognised vaccine certificate, a number of restrictions will be eased. For such establishments, the distance between tables […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 24, 2021

Prime Minister Robert Abela continued with further consultation meetings with key stakeholders on the drafting of the 2022 Budget, Prime Minister Abela held a meeting with the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association which represents the tourism industry, which was the most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In a short speech at the beginning of the […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 20, 2021

The executive president of the World Travel and Tourism Council, Julia Simpson, said today that the Covid-19 pandemic “has been devastating” for employment in the sector, having lost 62 million jobs around the world. Referring to data prior to the pandemic, the head of this organization (WTTC, World Travel and Tourism Council) indicated that, in […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 20, 2021

Winter tourism is looking promising, with airlines reporting solid bookings for October and giving positive indications for the following months, according to the president of the Malta Hotels and Restaurant Association, Tony Zahra. He said that in September and October, the airlines had received at least 60 per cent of the bookings they took during […]

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