Where To Book It Prestige Holidays
01425 480400 www.prestigeholidays.co.uk
Three nights in June at the Hotel Phoenicia in a twin room with fl ights from Heathrow with Air Malta is from £529pp. Or, three nights in September at Hotel Phoenicia, with fl ights from Gatwick with easyJet, is from £515pp. Both are for twin rooms on a b&b basis, with private transfers and the services of Prestige’s local representative from £515pp.
Who Flies There Air Malta
Air Malta offers UK passengers double-daily fl ights from London Heathrow, a daily service from London Gatwick and up to fi ve fl ights a week from Manchester. Fares start from £69 one way including taxes, a complimentary hot meal, non- alcoholic drink and a 20kg baggage allowance. Other airlines include: Ryanair: www.ryanair.com
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More Information Malta Tourism Authority
020 8877 6990 www.visitmalta.com
Got clients who dive? They might not have considered Europe but
Malta is the region’s best for diving. Sell them on wrecks, fab visibility and incredible rock formations.
Lone rangers: For couples who want a romantic escape, schedule
a night or two at the stunning Xara Palace. The five-star hotel within a17th century palazzo is the only hotel within the city walls of medieval Mdina.
Don’t forget Gozo: The smaller island now has some upscale properties.
Or suggest self-catering in a villa with car hire for independent clients.
each having created its own artifi cial reef. Gozo is also home to the Ggantija temples, which pre-date Egypt’s pyramids and Stonehenge. Malta has a calendar of events to help
attract visitors. In February, carnival takes over, celebrating the country’s culture and food. The event features street parties, elaborate costumes, vibrant parades and loads of food stalls. Another explosive event is the Malta
International Fireworks Festival, when a series of displays by local fi rework factories compete for attention. On April 29 in 2012, this is the time to head to Valletta’s Grand Harbour. The Isle of MTV – the largest free European summer music event of 2012 – is an open-air concert held in June that attracts up to 50,000 revellers. There’s also the Malta Jazz Festival (July 19-21,
2012 when international and Maltese artists perform a mix of contemporary jazz at the historic Ta’Liesse wharf on Valletta’s Grand Harbour. Also in Valletta is the annual all-night
Notte Bianca, on October 1. The festival opens the doors to Valletta’s museums, historical buildings, art galleries and other cultural institutions.
tourismtalk Alex Incorvaja,
Director UK and Ireland, Malta Tourism Authority “The traditional family
demographic remains one of Malta’s primary target markets, although we have witnessed an increase in individual travellers and those seeking historical or cultural vacations, as well as younger travellers seeking city breaks.
“Re-educating the trade to promote
a more current image of Malta is key to re-generating its appeal to a younger audience. A PR push dedicated to presenting a ‘sexier’ image of Malta is currently underway. “We launched our online training
programme Learn Malta in April 2010. We also host dedicated agent familiarisation trips, in-house and face-to-face product training and road-shows, as well as providing promotional material and displays.”
asktheoperators Richard Gamber, Belleair Holidays
“Malta is safe, English is spoken and its people are friendly and welcoming. The island is only 19 miles wide, by seven miles long so it’s easy to get around, and prices are similar to those in the UK.
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