Consumer protection: Google commits to give consumers clearer and more accurate information to comply with EU rules

Following a dialogue with Consumer Protection Cooperation Network (CPC) which includes EU Member States authorities responsible for consumer law, Google agreed to introduce certain changes in Google Store, Google Play Store, Google Hotels and Google Flights in order to ensure compliance with EU consumer law. The action was coordinated by the European Commission. Have you […]

The changing face of Spinalonga, ‘island of the living dead’

Immortalized in Victoria Hislop’s award-winning novel, “The Island,” the uninhabited islet of Spinalonga has a long and tragic past. Known by its grim epithet, the “island of the living dead,” and nestled in the picturesque Elounda Bay of northeast Crete, the islet was home to one of Europe’s last leper colonies, active from 1903 to […]

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“Parcours, chemins et Sentiers”…or the incredible life journey of Tijani Haddad

Let’s imagine that extraterrestrials landing in Tunisia, come to ask us to introduce them to the most representative of Tunisians today. For me it would be without hesitation: Tijani Haddad! He is intelligent, gifted, skilful, enterprising, persevering, laughing, generous, bon vivant, faithful in friendship, fundamentally local and resolutely universal, patriotic but never chauvinistic, successful entrepreneur […]

Global Luxury Tourism To Reach 1.5 Billion by 2028

Experts anticipate the value of the global luxury travel market will reach $1.5 billion by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 6.3% between 2018 and 2028. There is a correlation between luxury travel and unique, one-of-a-kind experiences and bespoke service. Increasing spending by well-off visitors motivated by a desire to see uncharted territory and engage […]

Mediterranean Diet Ranked Best In 2023; Know All Health Benefits

In recent years, the Mediterranean diet has dominated the rankings for being full of good nutrition, easy to follow and having a colourful palette. There are a few diets that promote a healthy lifestyle, and the one that is widely acclaimed for its health benefits is the Mediterranean diet. According to the US News & […]

MHRA pays tribute to tourism pioneer and seasoned politician Robert Arrigo

The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) salutes the memory of Robert Arrigo, describing him as a “leading pioneer of the Maltese tourism sector, a champion of local sports, and a conviction politician.” MHRA President Tony Zahra states that significantly, “the Maltese tourism sector has today lost a committed entrepreneur who contributed to shaping up […]

MHRA: Valletta is becoming too loud, not fitting as a high end destination

The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) refers to misleading and inaccurate comments recently made by Valletta Mayor Alfred Zammit in the media about the impact of late night music in Valletta. Whereas MHRA supports the concept of having commercial activity in Valletta, the way it is currently being carried out is causing a lot […]

BOV launches first start-to-finish online home loans solution in Malta

Bank of Valletta plc (BOV) has become the first local financial institution to offer its customers a “holistic digital journey” when applying for a home loan. While customers may still opt to visit a branch at any point during their home loan application process, the new online home loans solution, accessible through a revamped landing […]

Popular English Names You Had No Idea Were Actually Greek

Every couple who is expecting a child at some point has to face the difficult task of choosing a name for their new born, whether it be a girl or a boy. It may be surprising, but many of the most popular English names are actually Greek. But what are their Greek origins? Ancient Greek […]

UK restaurant lets customers know carbon footprint of their meals

The menu at The Canteen in southwest England doesn’t just let diners know how much a dish costs. They can also check its carbon footprint. The carrot and beetroot pakoras with yogurt sauce are responsible for just 16 grams of carbon dioxide emissions. The aubergines with a miso and harissa sauce with tabbouleh and Zaatar […]

Malta | Bank of Valletta puts workplace pensions on agenda at MHRA quarterly seminar

Bank of Valletta has built a long-term partnership with the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA). Through this alliance BOV supports MHRA and its members by sharing industry insights, analysing financial instruments and identifying how they can benefit MHRA’s members and their employees. During the latest Quarterly MHRA Seminar, held on 22nd July 2022, Claire […]

EU Court Rules ‘Feta is Greek’ in Denmark Cheese Violation

The European Union’s highest court reiterated this month that feta cheese was Greek after it found that Denmark was violating EU law by allowing its dairies to export white cheese as feta. Denmark has allowed local companies to export white cheese products labelled as feta for decades. The decision was a win for Greece, which […]


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