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Volume 20. Issue 34. 16th July 2020. View Online
Reopening Course

Welcome back! Our picturesque beaches, tranquil waters, historic honey-coloured architecture and the people of the Maltese Islands have missed you and your clients. Malta’s excellent performance in managing COVID-19 has been acknowledged by the European Commission, Commonwealth, World Health Organisation and United Nations World Tourism Organisation.

Take our Reopening Course, which will provide you with the information to sell the Mediterranean archipelago with confidence. Malta, Gozo and Comino await just 3h 45m away from Dublin and Cork.

Accommodation and Dining

All accommodation and dining providers must comply to Maltese Government protocols devised to safeguard the safety of guests and employees.  The guidelines include maintaining social distancing of 2m, increased levels of hygiene and the wearing of masks or visors by staff.   Malta Tourism Authority will inspect accommodation before it is certified to reopen, with approved businesses awarded a Certified Compliant sticker to display and audits will be carried out periodically to ensure standards are adhered to. Buffets and self-service counter dining are no longer on offer in the archipelago.

Experiencing Malta

Malta is ensuring travellers can still enjoy the island’s culture, history, landmarks and beautiful scenery with daily beach cleans, more frequent cleaning of public amenities, and 2m distance between sunbeds and umbrellas. Social distancing and hygiene protocols will also be in place at beaches, swimming pools, shops, museums and attractions.

Upper Barrakka Gardens, Valletta
Upper Barrakka Gardens, Valletta
Discover Malta Course

This course gives you a great introduction to the Maltese Islands; Malta, Gozo and Comino. Discover the islands’ vibrant history and culture, tantalising gastronomy offering and the ‘need to know’ information to facilitate your bookings.

Course highlight: Learn more about the main attractions found on the Mediterranean archipelago and why they appeal to a variety of holiday-goers.  

If your customers are yet to discover the English-speaking Maltese Islands, it’s time to book a trip to visit the small archipelago situated in the heart of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. Just a short 3h 45m flight away, the Maltese Islands are perfect for a beach holiday or a city break.

The colours of Malta, Gozo and Comino are breath-taking; honey-coloured architecture compliments the deepest of Mediterranean blues. Stroll through the narrow meandering streets of the towns and villages while basking in over 300 days of sunshine a year.

Explore 7,000 years of history, yet live passionately in the present. The Islands’ scenery and architecture provide a spectacular backdrop to explore megaliths and medieval dungeons; the Maltese Islands are positively mythic. Malta has rightly been described as an open-air museum, boasting over 320 historical monuments and three UNESCO World Heritage Sites; the Megalithic Temples, the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum and the City of Valletta.

The nearby islands of Gozo and Comino are easily reached by a short ferry ride from Malta and offer more sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and an abundance of adventure activities.

Footsteps on Ramla san Blas, Gozo
Footsteps on Ramla san Blas, Gozo
City Break Course

The Maltese Islands are home to a number of fascinating cities, Valletta, Mdina, The Three Cities and Victoria, which are perfect for a city-break. After you’ve completed this course, you’ll find recommending where to stay, top events and main attractions easy.

Course highlight: Discover where to wine and dine in Malta’s capital city using an interactive map.

Valletta is a masterpiece of the Baroque, a European Art City and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Malta’s capital is one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world; just 80 hectares in size, the city’s 320 historic monuments can be discovered completely on foot.

The origins of Mdina, Malta’s medieval capital, can be traced back more than 4,000 years. The history of Mdina and its suburb Rabat is as old and as chequered as the history of Malta itself.  It’s still home to Malta’s noble families and impressive palaces line its winding streets. Mdina is often referred to as the ‘Silent City’ as no cars can pass through its gates.

The Three Cities is the collective name of the three fortified cities of Birgu, Senglea and Cospicua in Malta. The picturesque narrow streets are perfect for absorbing some of the local atmosphere and traditions.

Victoria, known to the Maltese as Rabat, is Gozo’s capital city. The city was named in 1887 to honour Queen Victoria during her Jubilee year. The walled city sits in the centre of the island and boasts interesting museums, cathedrals and most famously; the Citadella.

Just a 3h 45m flight away from Ireland and boasting over 300 days of sunshine, the Mediterranean archipelago calls to city breakers of all ages.

Malta’s Medieval Capital, Mdina
Malta’s Medieval Capital, Mdina
Scuba Diving Course

This course will provide you with the inside knowledge and the top tips to sell the Maltese Islands to your customers who are looking to take their dive qualification or more experienced divers who are yet to experience the breath-taking dive sites.

Course highlight: Check out the top wreck, cave and reef sites surrounding the Maltese Islands.

The Maltese Islands, repeatedly voted second best dive destination in the world, boast an abundance of reefs, stunning caverns, caves and spectacular wrecks. The water surrounding the Mediterranean archipelago is known for its pristine transparency, warmth and azure blue colour.

Malta, Gozo and Comino are home to over 100 dive sites collectively. Whether your customer is an experienced diver or a beginner, the diverse dive offering appeals to all levels and has divers returning year after year.   

If your customers are yet to experience scuba diving, you can feel confident diving in Malta; there are over 30 dive centres across the islands and English is an official language in Malta. A full range of programmes are available from ‘try dives’ to qualified diving courses.

The relatively small archipelago offers more shore-dives than anywhere else in the Mediterranean. This provides a great opportunity for divers to rent a 4x4 and visit the incredible sites at your own pace – the islands are very easy to navigate and the ferry crossing from Malta to Gozo is just 25-minutes.

Diving Blue Hole, Gozo
Diving Blue Hole, Gozo
Family Course

When customers are choosing a holiday for the whole family, keeping everyone happy might seem a daunting task. This course highlights the top beaches, adventure activities and main attractions on the Maltese Islands to keep the whole family entertained.

Course highlight: Follow the points included in our recommended itinerary and explore the islands’ main family attractions.

Long gone are the days of buckets and spades, it’s time to find a getaway which will keep teenagers entertained, without losing the feeling of a traditional family holiday. The English-speaking Maltese Islands boast over 300 days of sunshine each year and are just a short 3h 45m flight away from Ireland.

Families can discover more than 7,000 years of history on the Mediterranean archipelago by Segway, Quad Bike and ‘Rolling Geek’ tour and eliminate the sigh of despair from teens when they hear hist… The Maltese Islands are home to a host of historic sites including the Megalithic Temples, the oldest free-standing structures in the world, predating the Great Pyramids of Giza by 1,000 years.

The Mediterranean Sea offers a tranquil environment ideal for snorkelling, kayaking and swimming; whilst the topographical island landscape encourages rock-climbing, mountain-biking and horse-riding. Malta has been named one of the Best Dive Destinations in the world at the Diver Awards for a number of years, and children can gain their PADI certification from the age of 10. Malta’s sister islands Gozo and Comino are just a 25-minute ferry away from Malta and offer more unique diving experiences.

If adventure by day isn’t enough, young adults can enjoy exploring Malta’s thriving nightlife scene, whilst parents experience Maltese Cuisine at a waterfront restaurant.

Citadel, Gozo
Citadel, Gozo
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