Not many destinations have thousands of years experience as a meeting place. But the Maltese Islands have played host to everyone from St. Paul to latter-day presidents and from EU conferences to small groups.
Whatever the size, formality or informality of your event, Malta has the expertise and venues to suit, whether you are looking for the perfect place to hold a business meeting or conference, or an ideal destination to host your staff’s well deserved incentive.
Here’s a list of the Top 7 reasons to choose Malta for your next destination event:
Malta lies within the heart of the Mediterranean at the foot of Europe. The island is located within 3 hours flying range from Europe’s main capitals and is part of the Schengen Zone with the Euro as the national currency. Maltese is the national language, however English is widely spoken with most information such as signs, menus and tours conducted in English. The island is very easy to get around and experience everything it has to offer in a short time frame. Few other destinations can guarantee such a versatile programme due to the actual physical size of the island.
From magnificent castles, palazzos to forts as function venues, Malta and Gozo has everything on offer. Other special settings include village squares, luxury yachts and exclusive sea-front facilities. State-of-the-art conference hotels or venues are available for any size of event, and include the 16th century Mediterranean Conference Centre, once considered the most advanced hospital in Europe. We can easily host gatherings of well over a thousand delegates.
Numerous luxurious five and four star hotels in which to accommodate guests are in all main locations around the islands. These range from large-scale International Hotel chains to boutique establishments. These are just a few of the many reasons that make Malta one of the most exciting emerging destinations in the conference and incentive market.
Malta’s climate is typical of the Mediterranean and is strongly influenced by the sea. The Maltese Islands have a pleasantly sunny climate with over 300 days of sunshine per year, making it ideal to hold meetings or events throughout most of the year.
The history of Malta is a long and colourful one dating back to the dawn of civilization. With UNESCO World Heritage Sites including ancient temples to the fortifications around the island giving Malta its own unique atmosphere, it is perfect for sightseeing and holding exclusive events in stunning surroundings.
Malta’s cuisine is highly influenced by Sicilian and North African flavours. Amongst the various items, one can find a wide selection of vegetables, breads, cheeses and pasta. Malta offers a large variety of places to dine, in areas like St. Julians, Sliema and Valletta as well as St. Pauls Bay. Hundreds of restaurants offer an exciting mix of foods ranging from typical Maltese cuisine to fusion cuisine between North African and Mediterranean cuisine. The options are endless!
7. VAT Refund
The Maltese Government imposes 7% VAT on accommodation and 18% VAT on all other services. However the Maltese Government has implemented an incentive scheme where VAT paid on certain services in the MICE industry are entitled to a refund. For a list of the types of items where VAT may be refunded, please click here.
Snapshot on Malta:
Capital City: Valletta
Location: The Maltese islands (Malta, Gozo and Comino) lie virtually at the centre of the Mediterranean Sea, 93 km south of Sicily (Italy) and 290 km north of Africa
Area: 316 km²
Airport: Malta International Airport (MLA)
Climate: Mediterranean with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers
Time: Malta is one hour ahead of GMT (2 hours ahead in summer)
Population: 452,515 (National Statistics Office, Malta 2011)
Religion: Roman Catholic (98% of population)
Languages: Maltese (official), English (official). Italian, though not official, is widely spoken
Independence: 21 September 1964 (from UK)
Economic sectors: Tourism, electronics, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, ICT and finance
For distances from main capital cities around Europe, click here.
So when picking a destination for your next event or meeting, consider the possibilities of Malta in making a memorable experience for your attendees.