Brussels│Commission acts to promote transparency in the short-term rental sector to the benefit of all players

Today, the Commission adopted a proposal for a Regulation to enhance transparency in the field of short-term accommodation rentals and help public authorities ensure their balanced development as part of a sustainable tourism sector. While short-term accommodation bookings offer benefits for hosts and tourists, they can create concerns for certain local communities struggling, for instance, […]

MHRA: “Dr Mifsud Bonnici – A loyal advocate for the working class”

The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) salutes the memory of former Prime Minister of Malta, Dr Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici, describing him as a “defender of the working class, who was neither swayed nor interested in personal wealth.” MHRA President Tony Zahra states that, “Dr Mifsud Bonnici was a genuine gentleman who believed in the […]

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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 […]

Drowning among leading causes of death for kids, young adults: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) stated on Monday that drowning is among the leading causes of death among people aged between 1-24 and the third leading cause of unintentional injury deaths, claiming more than 236,000 lives each year. On World Drowning Prevention Day, the WHO aimed to raise awareness about preventable drownings. “Every year, hundreds […]

Lebanon celebrates modest return of music festivals

Lebanon’s music festivals made a modest comeback with a performance in the Roman ruins of Baalbek at the weekend, marking the very first show of the country after the financial crisis. Under the title of “Baalbek Nights Return,” conductor Lubnan Baalbaki – whose first name means “Lebanon” and whose last name means “from Baalbek” – […]

Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association salutes the memory of trade unionist Tony Zarb

Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) President Tony Zahra on behalf of the Council and members, salutes the memory of trade unionist Tony Zarb.   Accordingly, MHRA remembers Tony Zarb as a pioneer of trade unionism who devoted his whole life and all its energy to the fight for a better world for the working class, […]


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