Two Ital­ian jour­nal­ists win awards fol­low­ing MTA press trip

The Malta Business Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

The Malta Tourism Au­thor­ity is pleased to an­nounce that two Ital­ian jour­nal­ists who were in­vited in 2016 to visit the Mal­tese Is­lands on press trips, have won prizes in re­la­tion to their me­dia cov­er­age at the ADUTEI (As­so­ci­azione Del­e­gati Uf­fi­ciali del Turismo Es­tero in Italia) awards, which took place re­cently at the splen­did set­ting of the Palazo Reale in Mi­lan.

ADUTEI is the as­so­ci­a­tion of tourist boards in Italy, of which the MTA is a mem­ber. The ADUTEI awards recog­nise the best tourism-re­lated ar­ti­cles on var­i­ous me­dia, pub­lished the pre­vi­ous year, in this case 2016.

The two jour­nal­ists that were in­vited on MTA press trips and won awards were Irene Colzi and Marco Ber­chi.

Colzi is a fash­ion blog­ger, who runs the blog www.ire­ to over 230,000 fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram. Be­sides these two me­dia sources, Colzi also had some tele­vi­sion ap­pear­ances on Detto Fatto on Rai 2. Colzi won first prize in the Blog cat­e­gory of the awards, with her en­try ti­tled Cosa vedere a Malta: vi rac­conto il mio vi­ag­gio (What to see in Malta: an over­view of my trip). This blog fo­cused on the des­ti­na­tion as a whole as well as some of the more trendy and quirky as­pects of the is­lands. This press trip al­lowed Colzi to ex­plore the is­lands while be­ing at the cen­tre of a photo-shoot which was or­gan­ised in part­ner­ship with lo­cals, such as Dian­dra Mat­tei (make-up artist), Mal­colm Gauci (stylist), Charles and Ron (cloth­ing) and Gary Bugeja (pho­tog­ra­pher).

Ber­chi was awarded sec­ond place in the news­pa­per cat­e­gory with his ar­ti­cle ti­tled Malta: che luce sull’isola dei fuochi ar­ti­fi­ciali (Malta: bright lights on the is­land of fire­works), which was pub­lished in La Repub­blica. Dur­ing the jour­nal­ist’s stay in Malta, he man­aged to ac­cu­rately por­tray the Mal­tese cul­ture, rep­re­sented through the Mal­tese feast and fire­works.

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