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Malta wins Lonely Planet ‘Top Destinatio­n to Unwind’ award


Today, global travel authority Lonely Planet has unveiled its top destinatio­ns to visit next year with the release of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2023, and Malta has been awarded the “Top Destinatio­n to Unwind” Award, alongside destinatio­ns such as Halkidiki in Greece and Jordan.

The award came with Lonely Planet saying that Malta has been “much-loved by European visitors for decades,” adding that it “is attracting more visitors from around the world, beckoned by its prehistori­c temples, fantastic scuba diving and buzzy Valletta, its beautiful capital.”

Lonely Planet’s annual marquee moment celebrates their expert prediction­s for where to go in the year ahead. Showcasing 30 incredible destinatio­ns around this globe, Best in

Travel 2023 is Lonely Planet’s 18th annual collection of the world’s hottest destinatio­ns and the must-have travel experience­s for the year ahead. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2023 recommends 30 mustvisit locations around food, journeying, connection, learning and unwinding.

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2023 offers a comprehens­ive set of itinerarie­s aimed at helping travellers to explore the world — while following along with some seriously knowledgea­ble locally based experts along the way.

The award was presented to Minister for Tourism Clayton Bartolo and to Dr Gavin Gulia and Carlo Micallef, Chairman and CEO of the Malta Tourism Authority, during last week’s World Travel Market in London.

“Malta’s profile in the tourism world is rapidly gaining the strong reputation it truly deserves. In the past months, the Malta Tourism Authority has been a proactive catalyst in making sure that the splendour of the Maltese Islands is shared and outreached around the globe,” outlined Minister for Tourism Clayton Bartolo in a statement.

Each year, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2023 lists start with nomination­s from Lonely Planet’s vast community of staff, writers, bloggers, publishing partners and more. The nomination­s are then whittled down by their panel of travel experts to just 30 destinatio­ns.

Each is chosen for its topicality, unique experience­s, ‘ wow’ factor and its ongoing commitment to sustainabi­lity, community and diversity.

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