MTA focused on achieving a quick the recovery for the tourism sector

Aug 1 2022 Share

Strengthening Malta’s position in the European Markets, tapping into new and emerging geographical markets and niches, and attracting growth in tourist arrivals in the shoulder months of the year, are on the forefront of the Malta Tourism Authority’s Agenda for the rest of 2022 and moving on into 2023. This was stated by Mr Carlo Micallef, Chief Executive Officer of the MTA during the press conference organised by Malta International Airport, to announce the Airport’s results for the first six months of the year. 

Mr Micallef said that despite the pandemic’s threat still being present, and with a range of other factors impacting travel within the European region, tourism recovery in the second quarter of 2022 happened at a more accelerated rate than it was originally anticipated by industry experts – a trend which has been observed both in Malta and also in other countries.

“Naturally, this has created a mismatch between anticipated demand and consequently with the provision of supply against the actual demand which was experienced in the past 3 months,” he added.

Strong Tourism Demand to Malta

Mr Micallef said that there is a strong demand for tourism to Malta, which is highly evident when looking at the very high seat load factors being operated by airline operators this summer, adding that Malta’s major limiting factor at the moment is caused by the international shortage of airline and airport capacity in key source markets like the United Kingdom and Germany.

Notwithstanding, in June this year, the number of airline seats loaded on the Malta routes stood at 82% of June 2019 levels, while seat load factors went up from 84.1% in June 2019 to 85.5% in June this year. This signifies that the gap between this year and peak-year 2019 is getting narrower.

“The international shortage of airline capacity underlines the importance of a national carrier for an Island which is almost entirely dependent on air travel,” Mr Micallef stated.

On the results which were presented today Mr Micallef noted that even in view of the fact that the first three months of the year were heavily impacted by the Omicron variant and the different levels of COVID-19 Travel Restrictions, “it is very positive to see markets like France, Poland and Hungary registering a performance better than in 2019, and countries like The Netherlands and Austria being very close to 2019 levels, especially when considering that 2019 was Malta’s record year.”

On concluding, Mr Carlo Micallef said that the Malta Tourism Authority is looking ahead, and while there are several challenges, like the post-COVID Economic Scenario, rising fuel and food costs, as well as longer-term climate changed induced pressures on aviation costs, “we are confident that together with the Malta International Airport, the Minister for Tourism, and the Government’s backing, and also hand in hand with our partners in the industry, we shall recover tourism and rebuild on even stronger foundations.”

“Malta’s tourism optics are now focused on the ongoing priority that being the recovery stage. The second step is to undergo a thorough analysis of nowadays tourism demands and adopt accordingly. Thirdly, a total revitalisation aimed at revitalising the Maltese hospitality sector. Our aim needs to be continue being that of nurturing the principles of quality and quantity together within Malta’s tourism product. This needs to be exactly the mentality for the upcoming years. The emphasis on striking a balance between volumes and quality needs to be a consensual priority. Quality is not just luxury but needs to be a satisfactory mandatory requisite in a tourist’s daily experience in Malta,” outlined Minister for Tourism Clayton Bartolo.


Star-studded line-up of DJs in Malta this week for World Club Dome Island Edition

Star-studded line-up of DJs in Malta this week for World Club Dome
Aug 1 2022 Share

After months of anticipation, World Club Dome Malta week is finally here and a host of A-list DJ will hit the Maltese Islands for a clubbing weekend unlike any other.

The 3-day festival will take place between the 5th and 7th of August and will welcome a star-studded line-up of international DJs such as Steve Aoki, Robin Schulz and Lost Frequencies, Regard, Le Shuuk, Stella Bossi and more.

Lost Frequencies is set to headline Gianpula Main Room on Friday, with Steve Aoki to tear it down on Saturday and Robin Schulz to close off the 3-day extravaganza at Café  Del Mar. The international DJs will be joined by a roster of local talent and a limited amount of tickets are still available so get yours now!

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One in every five people living in Malta is a foreigner, census reveals

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A census made by the National Statistics Office has revealed that approximately one in every five people in Malta is a foreigner. As of right now there are 115,449 foreigners living in Malta.

Most of these foreigners live in the north of the country or at least north of the Grand harbour. Almost a third of all the foreigners reside in St. Paul’s Bay, Sliema or Msida.

Approximately 14,000 foreigners reside in St.Paul’s Bay whilst there are 7,500 in Sliema and 6,756 in Msida.

It was also reported that the foreigners residing in Malta are predominantly males and younger in age compared to there Maltese counterparts.

33% of the population in the Northern Harbour district which includes places like Qormi, Birkirkara, Sliema and Msida are foreigners. This is a huge contrast to the Western district which includes Attard and Zebbuġ and where only 8.8% of their population are foreigners.


Malta’s population at 519,562 with increase of 25% over past 10 years

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The National Office of Statistics have recently revealed that the Maltese population currently stands at 519,562, which is a 25% increase in the past 10 years.

The density of Malta which already was the highest in the EU has also increased, with now there being approximately 1,649 people per square kilometer. In comparison the average density in Europe is 109 people per square kilometer.

In previous years it was widely known that in Malta there were more females than males, however this has now changed.  There are now more males than females found in Malta.

According to this study Sliema have now overtaken Isla as the place with the largest amount of people in comparison to its size. Sliema apparently have a density of more than 15,000 people per square kilometer.

The largest locality in terms of population is now St. Paul’s Bay overtaking Birkirkara and Mosta. The locality has a population of 32,042 residents.

The census also revealed that nearly 1 in 5 person in Malta is a foreigner. There are 115,449 foreigners living in the country with most living in the north of the country.