Malta compared to Marbella ‘but with tons more cultural delights’ by The Irish Sun

 - International - Aug 6 2023 SHARE ON:
Malta compared to Marbella 'but with tons more cultural delights' by The Irish Sun

The Irish Sun recently featured a glowing article about Malta, touting it as the next Marbella, brimming with cultural delights and sun-kissed fun. A beloved short-haul destination for Brits, the island’s popularity surged as an emerging party hotspot, with UK bookings soaring by an impressive 366 percent between June and September last year, captivating the attention of young travellers sharing their experiences on social media.


Beyond the vibrant party scene, The Irish Sun’s James Draven shared his top ten reasons to visit this captivating Mediterranean gem, unveiling a perfect blend of history, architecture, and natural beauty. Draven’s list includes exploring Malta’s UNESCO World Heritage site, the captivating capital city of Valletta, and stepping into the enchanting Silent City of Mdina, where history comes alive on its ancient streets.

The article also highlights the majestic Dingli Cliffs, offering awe-inspiring views of the sparkling Mediterranean and providing a breathtaking backdrop for unforgettable memories. Visitors can indulge in the island’s maritime charm by sailing on traditional Luzzu boats adorned with the symbolic “Eye of Horus,” while those seeking vibrant nightlife can revel in the electric atmosphere of Paceville, with its buzzing bars and entertainment options.

For travellers in search of tranquility, Gozo, Malta’s serene sister island, offers a peaceful retreat with its laid-back ambiance and remarkable historic sites. With an emerging party scene and an abundance of cultural treasures, Malta beckons travellers from all corners of the globe to explore its riches and create cherished memories on this enchanting medieval European paradise.

In the article itself, The Irish Sun also asked its readers to vote in a poll on whether they would like to visit Malta, with a huge majority of readers voting “Yes! It looks lovely!”.

In a recent report by The National Statistics Office, it was revealed that Malta is basking in the glory of unprecedented tourism success, with a staggering 1,289,292 thrill-seeking tourists flocking to the Maltese Islands, marking a remarkable 6.7% increase compared to pre-COVID-19 levels in 2019. Additionally, the National Statistics Office reported a jaw-dropping tourist expenditure of €1,036,795,000, representing a colossal 17.4% surge from the previous year.


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Farsons Beer Festival Closing Night Cancelled Due to Public Safety

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Farsons Beer Festival Closing Night Cancelled Due to Public Safety

In a disappointing turn of events, the much-anticipated closing night of the Farsons Beer Festival had to be cancelled in the interest of public safety. Organisers made the difficult decision due to the strong winds forecasted to hit the island, deeming it necessary to prioritise the well-being of festival-goers and participants.

The closing night was set to be a highlight of the annual event, headlined by none other than Maltese star Shaun Farrugia. The talented artist had been eagerly looking forward to the performance, and his excitement was evident as he took to social media to express his heartbreak over the news. Shaun shared that he had spent countless hours preparing material and had been dreaming about the opportunity to perform for his family and friends.

However, despite the disappointment, attendees and fans rallied behind the organisers” decision, acknowledging that safety should always come first. The Farsons Beer Festival has always been a celebration of culture, music, and community, and by putting public safety at the forefront, the organisers have once again demonstrated their commitment to the well-being of all involved.

While it’s undoubtedly a somber moment for festival-goers and Shaun Farrugia fans alike, there’s hope that future events will offer another chance to witness the Maltese star’s incredible talent on stage. For now, it’s essential to remember that the decision to cancel the closing night was made with the best intentions, ensuring that everyone remains safe during these unpredictable weather conditions.



MP Graham Bencini Spotlights Rat-Infested Waste Woes

 - Local - Aug 5 2023 SHARE ON:

PN Member of Parliament Graham Bencini has taken to Facebook to raise a red flag on a pressing issue plaguing certain localities in Malta.

Sharing a striking photo of rats scavenging around overflowing dustbins, Bencini’s heartfelt post sheds light on the dire waste management situation in several areas, sparking a call to arms for immediate government intervention.

Bencini’s status echoes the repeated appeals made by mayors Noel Muscat of Swieqi, John Pillow of Tas-Sliema, and Guido Dalli of San Ġiljan.

Amidst the growing concern, Bencini points out a sobering truth that might surprise many.

The responsibility, he insists, squarely falls on the shoulders of the Government, a clarion call for prompt and effective action.

The Facebook post doesn’t mince words when it comes to the lamentable state of affairs. Bencini expresses his dismay at the visible decline of these areas over the years, highlighting a sense of neglect that has taken root.


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Pets No Longer Allowed In Gozo Channel Cafeteria Area

 - Local - Aug 5 2023 SHARE ON:

A Gozo Channel, announcement posted on their Facebook page has stirred up a tidal wave of public outrage and unleashed a passionate debate that’s hotter than a summer’s day on the docks.

In a statement, Gozo Channel informed its faithful travellers and the general public about a new pet policy that aims to bring some order to the furry friends sailing aboard. The announcement stated that pets would be restricted to the lobby and outdoor areas of the vessels, while being leashed or contained in pet carriers.

Furthermore, a stern reminder was issued that pets would not be permitted to roam into the lounge and cafeteria spaces.

While the intention behind this new regulation might have been to ensure a harmonious sailing experience for all passengers, it seems to have struck a nerve in the hearts of pet owners and animal lovers across the board.

A chorus of dissenting voices rose from the depths of the comment section, decrying the move as an infringement on the rights of pet owners. Others pointed out the discomfort that might arise from having pets cooped up in the crowded lobby areas, especially during peak travel times.

Supporters of the decision have voiced concerns about hygiene and passenger safety. A section of the public rallied behind Gozo Channel, agreeing that allowing pets to roam freely in enclosed spaces might lead to a messy, chaotic, and even potentially dangerous environment for passengers and pets alike.


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