December 8, 2021 Mediterranean Observer

ICAO/UNWTO joint statement: International Civil Aviation Day Message

This International Civil Aviation Day, the UN Aviation and World Tourism organizations (ICAO/UNWTO) have issued a joint call for efforts to reconnect the world to be accelerated. The COVID-19 pandemic brought global air mobility and tourism to an abrupt halt. It also pressed pause on trillions of dollars worth of economic activity. Millions of livelihoods […]

December 7, 2021 Mediterranean Observer

Omicron variant ‘to hit Last-Minute Travel over Christmas’

The emergence of the new Omicron variant coupled with new travel restrictions will inhibit demand for last minute travel over the Christmas period. The warning came from air ticket data firm ForwardKeys which noted a slowdown in bookings, down to 54% of 2019 pre-pandemic levels in late November. The downturn was closely correlated with a […]

December 7, 2021 Mediterranean Observer

Malta | First direct link with Croatia established with introduction of Zagreb flight

Malta International Airport on Saturday welcomed the first two flights from Zagreb and Parma, which will be operated on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout winter by Lauda Europe and Malta Air respectively, both of which are part of Ryanair Holdings. While Italy is one of Malta International Airport’s most popular markets, connected by flights to 16 […]

December 3, 2021 Mediterranean Observer

HOTREC 83rd General Assembly in Lyon | European Hospitality calls for Urgent Support

On 2-3 December 2021, HOTREC welcomed national associations and prominent speakers in Lyon for its 83rd General Assembly. Delegates voiced their grave concerns for the sector’s viability and urged policymakers to ramp up support actions. The European hospitality industry is severely concerned by a resurgence of infection rates and lockdown measures. HOTREC General Assembly discussions […]

December 3, 2021 Mediterranean Observer

EU Climate Webinar Highlights Malta’s Insularity Challenges.

On Thursday 2nd December, the Malta Business Bureau and the European Commission Representation in Malta organized a webinar on the European Union’s climate strategy and the Fit For 55 package, in collaboration with The Malta Independent and the Enterprise Europe Network. Released in July 2021, the Fit For 55 package is the first set of […]

December 2, 2021 Mediterranean Observer

Malta | Tourism Strategy focuses on Sustainable Growth, Seeking New Sectors

A new strategy for Malta’s tourism sector up to 2030 was announced on Thursday, with the stated aim being to breathe new life into the sector by looking at new ways for sustainable growth. Launched by Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo, the strategy is based on three pillars: helping the industry continue to recover from the […]

MHRA Senior Vice President George Micallef elected member of the Board of Directors of the Hotels Stars Union.

On the occasion of the 2nd General Assembly after the establishment of the Hotelstars Union as an international non-profit organization under Belgian law (AISBL) in early 2021, the members elected the previous Vice-President Markus Luthe (Germany) as the successor to President Jens Zimmer Christensen (Denmark), who is leaving after four successful years in office. The […]

The 83rd HOTREC General Assembly kicked off today in Lyon, France.

Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) President Tony Zahra and CEO Andrew Agius Muscat are currently attending the 83rd HOTREC General Assembly in Lyon, France. HOTREC brings together 45 National Associations in 34 Countries and is the Voice of Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, Cafés and similar establishments around Europe, ie 5% of the EU GDP, which […]

Refunds ‘more of a priority than low prices’ for travel booking since pandemic

Almost three-quarters of UK holidaymakers perceive instant refunds to be the most important factor when their travel is cancelled or changed. In addition, 76% agree that prompt refunds are key when booking travel since the pandemic. Transparent (84%) and flexible travel booking policies (80%) were cited as key considerations for travellers when booking their 2022 […]

International Tourist Protection code mooted to Boost Travel Confidence

An international code for the protection of tourists is being proposed in response to the drop in consumer confidence caused by the pandemic. Heralded as a “landmark legal code”, the initiative by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) aims to provide minimum standards and consumer rights for travellers in emergency situations. It was developed in […]

WHO corrects advice against Travel for Over-60s

The World Health Organization has issued a correction to a travel advisory released on Tuesday which initially stated those unwell or aged over 60 should avoid travel to areas with community transmission of Covid. The UN agency subsequently corrected the advisory to confirm it applied to those who were vulnerable or not fully-vaccinated, bringing it […]
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European Commission proposes Nine-Month Vaccine Validity

The European Commission has proposed that vaccine certificates for travel are valid for nine months – and rules on travel within the European Union should be tied to travellers’ personal health risk, rather than country of departure. The EU Digital Covid Certificates are used to prove that a traveller has been vaccinated, tested or was […]
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