December 9, 2022 Mediterranean Observer

ETS aviation: Council and Parliament strike provisional deal to reduce flight emissions

The Council and the European Parliament reached a provisional political agreement on the revision of the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS) rules applying to the aviation sector. The agreement ensures that aviation contributes to the EU’s emission reduction objectives under the Paris Agreement. According to the agreement, the EU ETS will apply for intra-European […]

November 7, 2022 Mediterranean Observer

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, […]

November 5, 2022 Mediterranean Observer

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 […]

November 3, 2022 Mediterranean Observer

Eurostat I Platform tourism: so far, 2022 levels exceed 2019

During the first half of 2022, guests spent around 199 million nights in short-term rental accommodation booked via Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia Group or Tripadvisor in the EU, an increase of around 138% compared with the same period in 2021. With this value, platform tourism exceeded the levels recorded in the first half of 2019, the year […]

October 28, 2022 Mediterranean Observer

MHRA | Tourist arrivals continue to recover. More Connectivity needed to reach 2019 levels.

The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) today presented the BOV Quarter 3 2022 Hotel Performance Survey as prepared by Deloitte at SeaView Hotel, Bugibba. On a cumulative basis, tourist arrivals for the first six months of the year reached 75% of 2019 levels, almost matching the same length of stay as in 2019. (Refer […]

October 24, 2022 Mediterranean Observer

Budget 2023 | MHRA, “Strong headwinds, importance of firm hand on the tiller”

The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) refers to the Budget 2023 communicated by the Minister of Finance Clyde Caruana as a war chest addressing current unprecedented global economic challenges. MHRA President Tony Zahra states, “the Government’s 600 million investment in energy represents approximately 10% of Malta’s budget and this must be the most important […]


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 […]
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ASEAN and the EU sign the world’s first bloc-to-bloc Air Transport Agreement

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union (EU) and its member states have signed the Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement between the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and the European Union and its member states (“ASEAN-EU CATA”) at the 28th ASEAN Transport Ministers’ Meeting on 17 October 2022, […]
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MEPs revamp pandemic relief measures for aviation sector

75% of take-off and landing slots must be used to keep them next season Exceptions in the case of health emergencies, natural disasters or political unrest Special measures on EU-Ukraine connectivity To better reflect increasing air traffic, Parliament updated the take-off and landing slots rules for airlines and kept some exceptions introduced during the pandemic. […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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