Sec­ond pub­li­ca­tion in a week says Malta is an ideal travel des­ti­na­tion in 2018

The Malta Business Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

Where should you be trav­el­ling in 2018? Ar­chi­tec­tural Di­gest mag­a­zine has re­cently posed this ques­tion and con­sulted travel ex­perts on the an­swer. In its own words, the pub­li­ca­tion’s ex­perts ex­plored the “hottest new cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions and ho­tels open­ing” and looked around the globe for the “most ex­cit­ing emerg­ing des­ti­na­tions”.

This re­sulted in 20 des­ti­na­tions from the world over, one of which is Valletta. In a short write-up de­scrib­ing the rea­son be­hind the choice, the pub­li­ca­tion re­ferred to the fact that Valletta is the 2018 Euro­pean Cap­i­tal of Cul­ture and a Unesco World Her­itage Site fa­mous for its 16th cen­tury for­ti­fi­ca­tions cre­ated by the Knights of the Or­der of St John of Jerusalem.

The pub­li­ca­tion notes that the fes­tiv­i­ties planned will ex­tend far be­yond Malta’s cap­i­tal, with some 400 events and 140 projects by 1,000 lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists, cu­ra­tors, per­form­ers, writ­ers, de­sign­ers and film­mak­ers.

The Malta Tourism Au­thor­ity’s CEO Paul Bugeja wel­comed the lat­est in a se­ries of pos­i­tive men­tions for the Mal­tese Is­lands in pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional pub­li­ca­tions.

Min­is­ter for Tourism Kon­rad Mizzi re­ferred to the fact that Lonely Planet re­cently con­sid­ered Malta as one of the 10 coun­tries that its read­ers “need to visit next year”. He noted that such recog­ni­tions em­pha­sise the im­por­tance of safe­guard­ing lo­cal her­itage for the ben­e­fit of both present and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

In this re­gard, the MTA and the Min­istry for Tourism work hand in hand in or­der to en­sure that the Mal­tese Is­lands con­tinue to stand out in the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket­place for travel.

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