The Malta Council for Economic and Social Development (MCESD) has welcomed the system by which businesses will continue to be assisted whilst the tapering of the wage supplement is introduced. Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Sustainable Development Miriam Dalli and Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister Carmelo Abela attended the MCESD meeting during […]


An extensive investment of € 5.5 Million has been announced during a press conference by the Maltese Minister for Tourism Clayton Bartolo for the regeneration of Spinola Garden and Paceville Street, in St. Julian’s on Saturday. During the press conference in the same garden, the Permanent Secretary within the Ministry for Tourism, Ronald Mizzi stated […]


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 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 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 […]


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 […]


Greek parliament approved this week a permanent reduction by 30 percent in VAT (Value Added Tax) applicable to five Eastern Aegean islands. Greek lawmakers passed the revised bill tabled by the development & investments ministry by majority vote with the new VAT tax reduction to go into effect on the islands of Leros, Lesvos, Kos, […]

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