Tech & Internet

Mediterranean ObserverDecember 9, 2022

Calling all tourism SMEs interested in innovating and investing in digital technologies With the aim to stimulate digitalisation and innovation uptake in Europe’s tourism sector, the Tourism4.0 project has now officially launched the call for the selection of tourism SMEs. The Malta Business Bureau (MBB) is encouraging local SMEs to apply for the chance to […]

Mediterranean ObserverNovember 16, 2022

Today a landmark new set of EU rules for a safer and more accountable online environment enters into force with the Digital Services Act (DSA). The DSA applies to all digital services that connect consumers to goods, services, or content. It creates comprehensive new obligations for online platforms to reduce harms and counter risks online, introduces strong […]

Mediterranean ObserverNovember 8, 2022

Malta Business Bureau and MHRA believe the rules are a step closer to a fair level playing-field in the tourist accommodation sector. Yesterday (7th November 2022), the European Commission adopted a proposal for a Regulation for new rules on short-term accommodation rentals (STR). The rules aim to create more transparency in the short-term private rental […]

Mediterranean ObserverNovember 3, 2022

During the first half of 2022, guests spent around 199 million nights in short-term rental accommodation booked via Airbnb,, Expedia Group or Tripadvisor in the EU, an increase of around 138% compared with the same period in 2021. With this value, platform tourism exceeded the levels recorded in the first half of 2019, the year […]

Mediterranean ObserverNovember 2, 2022

The EU Digital Markets Act (DMA) has now entered into force. The new Regulation will put an end to unfair practices by companies that act as gatekeepers in the online platform economy. It was proposed by the Commission in December 2020 and agreed by the European Parliament and the Council in record-time, in March 2022. […]

Mediterranean ObserverSeptember 19, 2022

On Friday, 16th September, the Malta Business Bureau (MBB) held an informative webinar discussing the details of the European Union’s proposed Data Act and its local implications. The Data Act is one priority that stems from the European Data Strategy which aims to make the EU a leader in a today’s data-driven society. The webinar was […]


Leading at a time of inevitable exposure to disruption requires a will to embrace continuous innovation as a way of life- as a philosophy of work. On June 14, 2022, as part of the Mediterranean Tourism Forum organized in Malta by the Mediterranean Tourism Foundation, the panel on disruption in the hospitality industry was one […]


‘Retirement planning can be a cause of anxiety due to people not knowing how much money they will need to maintain their standard of life during their retirement years, and not knowing how to secure that income.’ This was stated by Sandra Magro, Manager at BOV’s Investments Centre during a seminar organised entitled ‘Encouraging Motivation […]


Key topic from the EU Autonomous Framework Agreement on Digitalisation agreed by EU cross-sectoral social partners. Last Friday, The Malta Chamber and the Malta Business Bureau organised a webinar discussing key topics from the EU autonomous framework agreement on digitalisation. The event was organised in association with the General Workers Union as part of the […]


For the athletes at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, travel entailed … robots. Everywhere. These machines prepared and served noodles, rice and burgers, and roamed hallways to take the temperatures of passersby. They even passed the Olympic flame underwater. Yet even if you’re not an Olympian, your travels these days are far more likely […]

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The Mediterranean Observer is a news portal dedicated to travel tourism, and hospitality in the Mediterranean region. This portal is managed by the Mediterranean Tourism Foundation, based in the Mediterranean country of Malta.