AI Citizen Marija Will Help Tourists Navigate Malta

  VisitMalta just launched a new virtual citizen aimed at helping tourists who are interested in visiting Malta. The virtual citizen is called Marija and was launched today during a conference held by the Ministry of Tourism.   Marija aims to use her artificial intelligence to give tourists an interactive experience that helps them gather […]

Malta hosts some of the world’s hottest male models

Malta is playing host to some of the world’s hottest men this week. More than 40 contestants from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas have gathered on our island for the Mr Tourism World 2020 contest. Wayne Cassar will represent Malta in the fourth annual edition of the international competition, which will takes place at […]

Valletta ‘one of the best-value city breaks’ in Europe

Valletta has been ranked as one of the best-value city breaks in Europe. Malta’s capital city was found to be significantly less expensive than the likes of Edinburgh, Paris, Berlin, Rome and Barcelona. Post Office Travel Money surveyed the price of 12 typical items across 36 European cities. The list included the cost of things […]

This Gozo beach is crowned one of the world’s best

A Maltese beach has been crowned one of the best in the world. Ramla Bay in Gozo was named among the seven most beautiful red sand beaches by US-based Travel and Leisure magazine. It said: ‘Ramla Bay lies on the northern coast of Gozo and its beachfront is coloured a burnt, orange-red, a particularly striking […]

Crete hit by third earthquake in two weeks

Crete has been hit by a third earthquake in two weeks. Scientists said a 5.2-magnitude tremor rocked the Mediterranean holiday island on Monday morning. The quake struck about 64 km north of the island with the tremors also felt on Santorini. Crete lies around 930 km east of Malta. The earthquake came a fortnight after […]

Rome bans tourists from going topless and eating messy food

Rome is cracking down on bad tourist behaviour. The Italian capital city has come up with a series of new rules that cover everything from eating in public to paddling in water fountains. Men have been banned from going topless in public and the practice of attaching ‘love padlocks’ to bridges is also a no-no, […]

Revealed: Europe’s top 10 destinations for 2019

Just in time for summer, Lonely Planet has revealed its ‘Best in Europe’ list for 2019. The travel guide’s list highlights must-see places and includes remote coastlines, vibrant cities and off-the-beaten-track regions. High Tatras in Slovakia was named Europe’s number one destination for summer 2019. It is one of the few areas in Europe where […]

More tourists visit Malta – and they’re staying longer

There’s more good news for the Maltese economy. The number of holidaymakers visiting Malta continues to rise – and they’re spending longer on the island too. New figures show the number of tourist arrivals in March went up by 3.5% to reach 172,971 when compared to the same month in 2018. The National Statistics Office […]

Malta’s hotels and restaurants urged to cut food waste

One third of all the food produced worldwide is thrown out before it hits consumers’ plates. That’s according to a shocking study that discovered billions of tons of food, amounting to roughly €1 trillion, goes to waste each year. Now two organisations in Malta have joined forces to slash the amount of food that is […]

Malta facts in figures: The Maltese Islands by numbers

Malta boasts a wealth of culture and history. That’s why it’s become so popular with holidaymakers, with more than 3.4 million people flocking to the Maltese Islands in 2018 alone. If you’d like to learn a little more about Malta, Gozo and Comino, we’ve delved deep into the history of the islands. From the houses […]

Malta ‘among the safest holiday spots’ for Brits

Malta is one of the safest places to go on holiday, according to the latest official travel advice from the British government. The Foreign and Comonwealth Office in London describes Malta as ‘very safe’ with a ‘low threat’ of terrorism. However, the official travel advice – updated two weeks ago – is less complimentary about […]

Is it time to limit visitor numbers to Comino?

The Maltese Islands are more popular than ever with holidaymakers. Malta’s now so popular, in fact, there are calls for a daily limit to be imposed on the number of visitors to the Blue Lagoon this summer. The demand from campaigners, environmentalists and some social media users comes after a video went viral after it […]

Malta’s most popular beach ‘is to double in size’

Malta’s most popular beach is about to get even bigger. 89.7 Bay can reveal that work will begin this week to double the size of the sands at Mellieha Bay. The mile-long beach will eventually be extended outwards by around 30 metres, creating much more space for families and children to play in the sand. […]

All of Malta’s bathing spots rated ‘excellent’ for water quality

If you’re planning to go swimming at the beach this weekend, you can relax and cool off with confidence in the crystal clear sea. All of Malta’s beaches have been given full marks after passing EU water quality standards with flying colours. Every bathing spot in Malta and Gozo was ranked ‘excellent’ by environmental health inspectors. […]

Tributes to fire chief who died in Malta dive tragedy

Tributes have been paid to a former firefighter who died in a tragic diving accident off the coast of Malta. Andrew Longden, 50, was swimming at one of the island’s most popular diving spots when he got into difficulties. Malta Police told 89.7 Bay they were called to the scene at Cirkewwa on May 8. […]

Malta celebrates new tourism record for 2017

Malta is celebrating a record breaking year for tourism. More holidaymakers than ever visited the Maltese Islands last year, according to new figures. The Malta Tourism Authority announced an astonishing set of results for 2017, providing the Maltese economy with a huge boost. Tourist arrivals reached almost 2.3 million – up 16 per cent Total […]