30 New Electric Buses To Add 410 New Trips Daily

 - Local - Sep 15 2023 SHARE ON:
30 New Electric Buses To Add 410 New Trips Daily

Malta Public Transport has unveiled a groundbreaking €20 million investment in electrifying its public transportation system. 

This initiative includes the introduction of 30 new, fully electric, zero-emission buses alongside the inauguration of the first electric bus charging depot. 

Felipe Cosman, Chairman of Malta Public Transport, emphasised the importance of this move towards sustainable transport during the official launch.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Aaron Farrugia echoed support for this endeavour, highlighting the government’s commitment to alternative transport. 

This investment aims to enhance service frequencies on vital routes, reducing wait times and providing more available space on buses. It also aligns with the goal of reducing traffic congestion and pollution by promoting sustainable transportation options.

The new 12-meter King Long Amigo electric buses come with modern amenities, including accessibility features, air conditioning, USB chargers, and free Wi-Fi, providing a more comfortable ride for passengers. Equipped with advanced battery technology, these buses can cover up to 300 kilometres on a single charge. 

Charging can be done overnight, ensuring uninterrupted service.

This transition to electric buses will significantly reduce emissions, with an estimated 70% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and a cut in noise pollution. It is projected to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 1,800 tonnes per year compared to diesel buses.

The charging stations offer a wide power range, thanks to a unique two-socket solution, and the 3MW charging system can service up to 30 buses simultaneously, a pioneering effort in Malta. 

This initiative builds upon Malta Public Transport’s earlier foray into electrification in January 2020 with the pilot of an electric bus, followed by the introduction of two fully-electric 12-meter buses last year. Additionally, the company is testing an electric minibus for use on low-demand routes and in village cores.


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Celebrity Chef Gino D’Acampo Teases Malta Visit from Iconic Mercury Towers

 - Celebrities - Sep 14 2023 SHARE ON:
Celebrity Chef Gino D'Acampo Teases Malta Visit from Iconic Mercury Towers

Renowned celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo has just sent shockwaves through the world of social media by posting a mysterious video on TikTok and Instagram.


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In this intriguing clip, he found himself at the iconic Mercury Towers in St. Julians, which is nearing their long-anticipated completion, donning a high-visibility vest and a construction protective helmet.

Gino D’Acampo described Malta as an “amazing island”, as he added an element of suspense by asking his massive following a crucial question: “What do you think I’m visiting the Mercury Towers for?” His cheeky grin and playful tone left fans speculating and buzzing with excitement. Could it be that Gino D’Acampo has something extraordinary planned for the Maltese culinary scene?

Gino D’Acampo is no stranger to the world of gastronomy and entertainment. Born in Italy, his passion for food was ignited at a young age, and he honed his culinary skills in some of the finest restaurants across the UK.

He quickly became a household name through his television appearances, cookbooks, and restaurants. Gino’s charisma, boundless energy, and love for authentic Italian cuisine have earned him a dedicated fanbase worldwide.

Could Malta be the Next Culinary Destination?


Madame Blanc Mysteries Season 3 Is Being Filmed In Gozo

 - Local - Sep 14 2023 SHARE ON:

The world of television entertainment is about to get a thrilling new addition with the highly anticipated “Madame Blanc Mysteries” Season 3. This captivating TV series, composed of seven episodes, promises to take viewers on a suspenseful journey filled with intrigue, mystery, and breathtaking scenery. What makes this production even more exciting is its collaboration with the Malta Film Commission, taking advantage of the generous 40% Cash Rebate currently offered to filmmakers in Malta.

“Madame Blanc Mysteries” Season 3 is set to be a visual treat for viewers, as 100% of the show will be shot in Malta and Gozo. Picturesque landscapes and historic locations will serve as the backdrop for the series, adding a unique and visually stunning element to the show.

The filming started in May and will continue till October, making the most of Malta’s beautiful weather and diverse settings. From the charming streets of Valletta to the rugged landscapes of Gozo, viewers can expect a visual feast that complements the intriguing storyline.

Behind the scenes, “Madame Blanc Mysteries” Season 3 boasts a talented team of directors, producers, and crew members. The company directors and shareholders, Michael Klokkos and ClapperBoard Studios Ltd. from the UK, bring their expertise and vision to the project. Michael Benson and Michael Klokkos serve as producers, ensuring that every aspect of the production is meticulously crafted. Their dedication to the series is evident in the attention to detail and commitment to delivering a high-quality product. Dermot Boyd, the Director of Production, brings a wealth of experience to the project, ensuring that the creative vision is translated onto the screen effectively.

With a total budget of €5,319,052, “Madame Blanc Mysteries” Season 3 is a production of grand proportions. The Malta budget alone accounts for €5,063,689, reflecting the significant investment in the local film industry.

This substantial budget has allowed for the employment of a dedicated team of 107 individuals, with 86 being local talent and 21 joining from abroad. The collaboration between local and international crew members promises to create a rich tapestry of talent that will enhance the overall quality of the series.

To ensure a seamless production process, “Madame Blanc Mysteries” Season 3 has enlisted the services of Malta Production Hub as the local service provider. Their expertise and knowledge of the Maltese film industry will play a crucial role in the success of the series.


Over 325,000 Tourists Visit Malta in July 2023; Increase of 17.5% from 2022

 - News - Sep 14 2023 SHARE ON:
Over 325,000 Tourists Visit Malta in July 2023; Increase of 17.5% from 2022

In July 2023, Malta experienced a remarkable tourism surge, with a staggering 17.5% increase in inbound tourists compared to the same month in 2022.

This surge brought a total of 325,457 visitors to the picturesque Mediterranean archipelago. These tourists extended their stays, contributing to a total of 2,532,743 nights spent on the islands, further boosting the local economy. In terms of spending, tourists in July 2023 collectively expended nearly €334.5 million, underscoring the significant economic impact of this influx.

Rental Accommodations Preferred

What’s interesting is that 84.3% of guest nights in July 2023 were spent in rented accommodation establishments, highlighting the popularity of self-catering options like holiday apartments and villas. This trend reflects the flexibility and diverse preferences of travellers exploring Malta’s attractions. Additionally, the expenditure per capita during the first seven months of 2023 stood at €849, showcasing tourists’ willingness to invest in their Maltese experience and significantly contribute to the local economy.

A Promising Future

Malta’s tourism industry is on a promising trajectory. The blend of diversified accommodation options, effective marketing campaigns, and a steadfast commitment to preserving its cultural and natural heritage has proven to be a winning combination. As travel restrictions continue to ease and the world recovers from recent challenges, Malta’s tourism sector is poised for sustained growth, promising unforgettable experiences for visitors and further economic development for the archipelago.


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