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1.8 million tourists expected for Malta in 2022

 - Travel - May 9 SHARE ON:
1.8 million tourists expected for Malta in 2022

Malta’s Tourism Authority is forecasting that around 1.8 million tourists will make their way to Malta this year, following the heavy impact on the sector due to the pandemic these past two years. 

Speaking with TVM News, the Tourism Authority’s Deputy Chief Executive, Carlo Micallef, said that the predictions for this year’s summer are good. This, despite the Omicron variant depriving Malta of around 400,000 tourists. 

 

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Micallef also revealed that the only tourism sector which continued to grow the pandemic period was the Polish one. For this reason, the Maltese tourism sector strengthened its tied to this sector by planning to open an office in Poland. 

This comes after the Easter period in Malta drove up traffic, welcoming 513,979 passengers during the month of April. This figure, according to a statement issued by the airport, marks a recovery of 78.7% of pre-pandemic passenger numbers. This is the strongest monthly recovery MIA registered so far. 

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Fawaz Najem: Gozo murder victim tried to stop the fight

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Fawaz Najem: Gozo murder victim tried to stop the fight

25-year-old Fawaz Najem was the Syrian teen identified as the Gozo homicide victim who was killed in an apartment in Triq il-Wied Marsalforn.  

According to several sources, Najem attempted to calm the situation down but was instead stabbed multiple times. Some sources also state that he was not even involved in the original altercation. 

The homicide occurred Saturday evening in Gozo, with sources close to Gozitan police saying that the fight kicked off in a bar near Marsalforn harbour. The fight resulted in hot beverages being thrown and blood being spilled. The altercation involved two groups of Syrians, and continued to escalate in an apartment. 

Fawaz was admitted was later admitted to Gozo General Hospital with stab wounds but was certified dead soon after arrival. Another three Syrian men were also admitted to hospital. 

Police believe at least eight men were involved in the fight. The fight broke out at around 9pm, with officers being alerted and convening on site. A knife, pieces of wood and chairs were used in the fight, with those involved aged between 24 and 29. Steps leading to the apartment were covered in blood, making this the fourth murder of the year and the second one to take place in Gozo. 

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WATCH: Johnny Depp showered with gifts by fans as he leaves court

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Johnny Depp showered with gifts by fans as he leaves court

A video uploaded by @jessvaloritz on Instagram showed Johnny Depp fans showering the actor with all sorts of gifts as he left court in a black vehicle.

 

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The actor wilfully embraced the gifts, with people throwing love notes into the car among other objects. One even seemed to hand him an entire suitcase. 

The same could not be said for Amber Heard however as the vehicle carrying the actress simply drove off without any fan interaction. 

 

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Max Verstappen wins first ever Miami Grand Prix

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Current World Champion Max Verstappen has won the inaugural Miami Grand Prix after a fierce battle with title rival Charles Leclerc. The race went down to the last lap with many drivers such as Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly unfortunately having to retire.

 

 

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Charles Leclerc who started the race in pole position lost top position to Max Verstappen in the 7th lap but gradually kept up with the Dutchman until he found some pace in the closing stages of the races. Unfortunately for the Ferrari driver his late surge wasn’t enough to see him win another race this season.

The final podium position of the race was secured by Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz whilst the Mercedes duo of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton managed to finish in 5th and 6th respectively.

The race itself wasn’t the most entertaining according to fans until Lando Norris’s crash with Pierre Gasly that forced a yellow flag before the last few laps of the race. Both drivers had to retire from the race while other drivers such as Fernando Alonso were given 5 second penalties for illegally overtaking Gasly before his retirement. There was also another late collision between German friends Mick Schumacher and Sebastien Vettel.

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