Transavia will be dou­bling its flight fre­quency from Paris Orly to Malta as of April

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

The Malta Tourism Author­ity has re­cently par­tic­i­pated at the most im­por­tant Tourism Trade Fair in France, namely the IFTM Top Resa. This was at­tended by Do­minic Mi­callef, newly ap­pointed man­ager in charge of the French of­fice and sup­ported by long time em­ployee Thierry Du­rant

Top Resa, which first took place in 1979, is a multi-tar­get fair and cov­ers all mo­ti­va­tion to travel, namely busi­ness, leisure and events. Of those that visit the fair, al­most 40% are French travel agen­cies, while 25% of vis­i­tors are re­lated to Buy­ers Busi­ness and the MICE seg­ment.

Through­out the fair, MTA rep- re­sen­ta­tives met var­i­ous French tour op­er­a­tors to dis­cuss the mar­ket sit­u­a­tion, whereby the op­er­a­tors con­firmed that the out­look for Malta from the French mar­ket dur­ing 2016 is en­vis­aged to con­tinue to be a pos­i­tive one. Th­ese pos­i­tive in­di­ca­tions are good news for the Mal­tese Is­lands as the MTA is aim­ing for more growth from this im­por­tant mar­ket.

Re­cently re­leased statis­tics clearly in­di­cate that the French mar­ket con­tin­ued to grow - in the first six months there was an in­crease of 4.8% in in­bound tourists, when com­pared to the same pe­riod in 2014. A to­tal of 60,498 French tourists vis­ited Malta be­tween Jan­uary and June.

Dur­ing the travel fair, Val­letta’s Grand Har­bour was voted as the sec­ond pre­ferred port of call by the French in 2014. Cé­dric Rivoire-Per­rochat of Cruise Lines In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion France pre­sented the tro­phies to the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the top ports of call pre­ferred by the French. The port of New York placed first, whilst for the French pub­lic, Val­letta’s Grand Har­bour was their most pre­ferred port of call in Europe.

Dur­ing the meet­ings held dur­ing the fair, Transavia con­firmed that in sum­mer 2016 it will be dou­bling its ser­vice from Paris Orly to Malta from two flights per week to four flights per week.

From the left: Thierry Du­rand - MTA Do­minic Mi­callef - MTA, Mr Vin­cent Camil­leri – Am­bas­sador of Malta to France, Mr Mark Busut­til – GTA

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