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Will we ever see a Maltese person on Love Island?

Aug 2 2022 Share

Now that fan favourite couple Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti have won the 2022 edition of Love Island, viewers are already eager for the next. For those missing the show, applications have now opened for next year’s edition, which got us wondering if Malta will ever support a Maltese contestant in the same way Italy backed eventual winner Davide.

Some Maltese influence has already been seen on the famous show with a number of Shaun Farrugia’s songs featuring throughout the season and in the all important final episode as well as contestant Gemma’s Maltese ex dishing out some tea in the past weeks.

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Unfortunately, not everyone can apply to enter the famous villa in Mallorca and this includes non-UK residents so not every Maltese person can apply. However there are 40,230 Maltese people who live in the UK which means the exciting prospect of seeing a Maltese person shake things up in the villa is not impossible.

A Maltese person would bring a whole new dimension to the show. From speaking flat English and in a Maltese accent to the pure and wholesome parents who might also feature. Who knows the parents might also bring the contestants a fresh ‘pastizz’ and some Twistees to share.

The self-proclaimed ‘Italian stallion’ and ‘Turkish delight’ dazzled viewers for nearly 8 weeks with their fiery personalities not only being a cause for some iconic fights between the pair but also the foundation for a strong relationship.

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WATCH: Shaun Farrugia reacts to his song being played on the Love Island final

WATCH: Shaun Farrugia reacts to his song being played on the Love Island final
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In the latest joyous moment of rising Maltese star Shaun Farrugia’s career, the singer-songwriter has had his music feature in Love Island for the third time… in the final no less!

 

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Serving as an accompanying soundtrack to a wholesome moment between soon-to-be-winners Ekin-Su and Davide, I Don’t Wanna Fall Asleep yet provided the perfect vibes and certainly got fans and followers emotional and hyped for what’s to come.

This instance is the the third time Farrugia had his music featured in the hit series, with his covers of The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights and Coldplay’s Sky Full of Stars having their own moment in previous Love Island episodes.

What’s next for Shaun Farrugia?

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WATCH: Multiple dolphins spotted near Sikka l-Bajda

WATCH: Multiple dolphins spotted near Sikka l-Bajda
Aug 2 2022 Share

This summer, dolphin sightings in Malta have been pleasantly frequent and whenever a local gets a glimpse of the majestic creature, you better believe that they’re capturing the moment.

 

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The latest sighting happened at White Reef, better known as is-Sikka l-Bajda, which is situated near Marfa Ridge, off the North West coast of Malta.

Sikka l-Bajda is of Malta’s largest reefs, frequented by divers for its intriguing features and enchanting underwater ecosystem.

This is the latest in a series of dolphins sightings in Malta this summer. Have you spotted any yet?

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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.

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“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.

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