October 3, 2022 Mediterranean Observer

Malta | Four key officers appointed at db Group

The db Group’s Board of Directors has appointed four key officers to take forward its vision and oversee its execution. The move also marks a watershed in the family’s succession planning moment. Robert Debono has been appointed as the Group’s CEO with a clear brief to continue to drive an already robust business and investment […]

September 22, 2022 Mediterranean Observer

Brussels │Single Market Emergency Instrument to safeguard EU freedoms in future crises

On Monday, 19th September, the European Commission announced a new proposal for a Single Market Emergency Instrument (SMEI). This builds on lessons learnt from the Covid-19 crisis and creates a framework that enhances the Single Market’s resilience through appropriate and necessary crisis preparedness and crisis management actions to guarantee its smooth functioning in times of […]

September 22, 2022 Mediterranean Observer

Carrying capacity exercise suggests Malta needs 4.7 million tourists to achieve 80 per cent accommodation occupancy

The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) presents the Carrying Capacity Study for Tourism in the Maltese Islands by Deloitte Malta. A study commissioned by the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) and conducted by Deloitte Malta, clearly shows that once all bed stock that has regulatory approval comes on line, that together with the […]

September 15, 2022 Mediterranean Observer

Bank of Valletta appoints new Chief Executive Officer

In view of the expiry of Mr Hunkin’s contract as CEO of the Bank in November this year, the Board of Directors has identified Mr Kenneth Farrugia as the successor to the role. This followed an extensive process which has utilised national and international channels in order to identify the executive with the best possible […]

September 14, 2022 Mediterranean Observer

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 […]

September 13, 2022 Mediterranean Observer

The European Commission launched call for evidence and public consultation on review of Slot Regulation

The European Commission launched a call for evidence together with a public consultation on the review of the Slot Regulation (Council Regulation (EEC) No 95/93), which was announced in the framework of the EU’s sustainable and smart mobility strategy at the end of 2020. With the revision, the Commission aims to ensure efficient management of […]

MHRA | Continuous Investment in Tourism is not an option

The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) refers to reports in the media that government is planning to freeze expenditure on several large infrastructural projects entirely funded by national funds. Whereas MHRA recognizes Government’s challenges to save on expenditure as it continues to subsidise electricity and fuel costs, it is important that investment in the […]

Russia | EU to tighten visa rules for Russians but split on travel ban

Germany and France warned it would be counter-productive to ban ordinary Russians, a move advocated by Kyiv in response to Russia’s invasion and backed by some EU members, and the agreement’s suspension was a compromise that could be reached at the ministers’ two-day meeting in Prague. European Union foreign ministers are likely to agree to […]

European Commission | Antitrust: Commission publishes market study on hotels’ distribution practices

The European Commission published today the results of an external market study on the distribution practices of hotels in the EU. The market study was conducted in 2021 and covers the period between 2017 and 2021. It focused on a representative sample of six Member States (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Poland, Spain and Sweden). The study […]

Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa recognised for ‘excellence in service delivery’ by Marriott International

The parent company acknowledged the hotel’s customer service and for ensuring its guests are ‘safe, secure, and welcomed’ Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa has been recognised by parent company Marriott International for its customer service delivery through a distinction for its Intent to Recommend score for July 2022, it announced on Monday. Marriott International was […]

Malta International Airport retains Level 2 position of international airport carbon accreditation programme

The certification is awarded by Airports Council International to airports that demonstrate progress in managing carbon dioxide emissions. Malta International Airport plc (MIA) has retained its place at level two of Airports Council International’s (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme after satisfying all the necessary requirements, it announced on Friday. Comprised of six different stages to […]
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Turkey | Influx in July sends foreign arrivals in Istanbul to 10-year high

Foreign arrivals in Türkiye’s metropolis and a top tourist destination hit a 10-year monthly high this July, official data showed Wednesday. Istanbul welcomed nearly 1.76 million foreign tourists last month, according to the provincial culture and tourism directorate data. The figure surged 56% compared to 1.1 million who arrived in the same month a year […]
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