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The Balearic Islands, which include the tourist hotspots of Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca, will be moved back to England’s amber travel list. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the move will take effect from 4am on Monday. It comes two weeks after the islands were moved to the green watchlist. Mr Shapps said that since then […]

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Professor Murat Akova, an infectious diseases expert, warned on Wednesday that delta variant cases, currently at a lower level, may become the dominant strain in Turkey after the upcoming Qurban Bayram (Eid al-Adha). Akova, who also serves as coordinator of the Phase 3 trials of China’s CoronaVac vaccine in Turkey, said the situation is no […]

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Store is tool to help retailers evaluate, improve online experiences based on local insights Google launched the ‘Grow My Store’ tool in Arabic (Link) and English (Link), on Monday, for retailers operating in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This free tool guides local businesses to improve their digital storefront, grow customer traffic, […]

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Free tests at beaches and campsites, COVID-sniffer dogs and a more expansive tracing system are among the measures France plans to put in place this summer in order to facilitate tourism. “With 2,000 to 3,000 cases per day, the virus is no longer hunting us, we are hunting the virus,” Health Minister Olivier Véran said […]

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The European Union is sending a strong message with its vaccination and digital Covid certificates campaign. Once this infrastructure is in place, it is paramount to focus on pushing forward tourism on an international level, Maltese MEP Josianne Cutajar said. She was addressing the Global Tourism Forum in Bodrum, Turkey. The Maltese MEP added that […]

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75,420 people travelled through Malta International Airport Some 75,420 passengers flew in to Malta in May, new figures show, as airport bosses welcomed the “slight improvement” on the first few months of the year. The numbers were still drastically down on pre-COVID levels, with a drop of 88.8% compared to the same month in 2019. […]

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Seated mass events will resume on July 5 for those who are fully vaccinated, the Maltese government announced on Friday, with entry only allowed to those possessing a vaccine certificate. Events will have their capacity capped at 100 people at first, going up gradually to 200 over the course of 4 weeks. Events can be […]

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The Mediterranean Tourism Foundation President Tony Zahra and Secretary General Andrew Agius Muscat virtually hosted the Annual General Meeting for the Senators of MTF. The Senators coming from different countries of the Mediterranean region discussed the current situation which the tourism sector is facing from their respective perspectives and accordingly focused on what needs to […]

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With summer around the corner, Maltese and Gozitans are gearing up to for an enjoyable season while staying safe and respecting health regulations. With an abundance of COVID-19 measures issued by the health authorities – all of which are in flux – it can be challenging to keep up with the latest protocols. Here are […]


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