The ever popular Mediterranean island of Malta is firmly established as a favourite conference and incentive destination among FTSE100 companies and beyond. After decades of hosting myriad events, from international political summits to corporate celebrations, not to mention some very creative team-building days, Malta is not resting on its laurels.
It may boast 5,000 years of history, but Malta’s tourist product offering is always fresh and up to the minute with new hotel openings, ambitious upgrades and even better connectivity guaranteed to keep the small island on top of everyone’s must-visit list. Once on the island, its compact size means less precious time wasted on transfers leaving more time to get down to business. Competitively priced and with an emphasis on delivering consistently high standards across the board, Malta is committed to ensure that every visitor has the experience of a lifetime.
Conventions Malta operates as part of the Maltese Islands official tourism board which is a national non-profit government organisation, established for over 25 years. Conventions Malta focuses on conference and incentive travel and Association business to the Maltese Islands. The role of Conventions Malta is that of promoting Malta, Gozo & Comino as a M.I.C.E. destination focusing on research and planning, marketing and promotion, product development and quality assurance. At present, Conventions Malta offers free of charge, unbiased information and assistance to event organisers looking or planning to host their next event on our shores. Conventions Malta does not operate on a commercial basis.
Connectivity is key in choosing a MICE destination and Malta has never been so easily accessible. The national airline Air Malta, which this year is celebrating its 45th anniversary, there will be up to eight flights a day to/from London during peak times. Several low-cost and legacy airlines also operate regular flights to Malta.
Quality Hotels & Venues
Malta currently has 13 five-star hotels with almost 6,500 beds and 42 four-star properties with just over 15,300 beds. Top international brands include Hilton, Marriott, Intercontinental, Corinthia, Westin, Kempinski and Radisson Blu.
The Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta is Malta’s flagship venue and has played host to all major international summits and events including the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting presided over by HM The Queen, the Valletta Summit on Migration attended by European and African leaders and the start of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Originally built as a hospital in the 16th century by the Knights of St John, it was converted into a multi-functional conference centre in 1979. The Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre is the island’s largest indoor venue with 8,500 square meters of seamless space that can be converted to suit any event.
What makes Malta stand out is the sheer diversity of venues and events spaces thanks to the creativity and ingenuity of destination management companies and event organisers who give new meaning to the term versatility.
The island’s chequered past has contributed to an array of baroque palazzos, museums, piazzas, bastions, not to mention dramatic coastline that all serve to provide unique backdrops to dinners and events that go down in history.
Speaker Bio: Lindsey Thorpe
Lindsey has worked for Conventions Malta for nearly two years following on from ten years experience of employment within a CVB’s MICE department and so well placed to assist with your meeting and convention needs.