AX ODYCY Hotel awarded at the 2023 MASP awards

AX ODYCY Hotel, located in the coastal town of Qawra, is delighted to announce its prestigious win at the 2023 MASP Awards, organised by the Planning Authority. The 4-star destination concept has been awarded the Interior Architecture Award for Hospitality and Tourism Projects, a testament to its commitment to excellence in hospitality design.

The MASP Awards recognize excellence in the realm of architecture and design, celebrating innovation, creativity, and ingenuity. AX ODYCY Hotel stood out among a competitive field of contenders, impressing the esteemed jury with its outstanding interior architecture that seamlessly blends heritage with modernity to create a unique and immersive guest experience.

This project would not have been possible without BOX CONCEPT STUDIOS, together with designers Simon Abela and Sara Brincat who brought the AX Group’s vision to life. Box Concept Studio, renowned for its innovative approach to design, played a pivotal role in reimagining the interior spaces of AX ODYCY Hotel. With a keen understanding of the hotel’s heritage and the evolving needs of modern travellers, Box Concept Studio crafted a visionary design that preserves the hotel’s landmark identity while introducing contemporary elements that enhance the guest experience. With their creative flair and attention to detail, the various spaces within AX ODYCY Hotel are now offering guests tailored experiences.

New Hall at the Mediterranean Conference Centre

Celebrating 45 years of excellence, the Mediterranean Conference Centre unveils a versatile new hall today. Perfect for dinners and after-parties, this latest addition enhances their commitment to hosting multi-purpose events. Exciting times ahead

Imex 14th -17th May 2024

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IBB Palazzo Bettina – Birgu

Yesterday we had to opportunity to visit the new IBB hotel Palazzo Bettina in Birgu. The hotel is steeped in history and its restoration has been carried out with true passion. The boutique hotel, featuring 13 luxuriously furnished suites combines ancient with modern, offering an optimal solution both for guests looking for a luxury historical dwelling with a certain flair and for those searching for an elegant, modern, and progressive solution.  The building appears to date back to the 17th century and has a long and varied history serving as a residence for several distinguished individuals and families, in particular, Elizabeth
Muscat Dorell (1741-1829), known as Lady Bettina, who also gave her name to the building.. The palazzo also served as a British military hospital in the second half of the 19th century and St Ġorġ Preca, the founder of the Society of Christian Doctrine. The Third Order Carmelite also made use of the property as one of the seats for the Society of Christian Doctrine in the inter war years.

In 2017, Palazzo Bettina was purchased by the Sormani family, who were charmed by the history of the building. With the extensive experience in recovering and renovating ancient buildings with the objective of returning them to their original splendour, they undertook this new adventure. The result of the investment can be seen in the complete renovation of the building, transformed into a luxury boutique hotel. Bought in 2023 by Bettina Investments Limited, the restoration of the Palazzo was completed back in the summer of 2021 and included the creation of 13 rooms fitted with every possible comfort and luxury.

Easter Sunday in Malta
Malta’s exciting Risen Christ statue Easter Sunday tradition is still going strong.
A symbol of joy, the run sees a group of men run through the streets carrying a massive statue of the Risen Christ and it is one of Malta’s most beloved Easter traditions.
Several towns took part in the tradition on Sunday. This video, taken by Matthew Farrugia in Senglea, shows a large crowd cheering on a group of runners as they sprint through a street with the statue before raising it high.
Happy Easter everyone!
article credits – Lovin Malta

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COM team catching up with new exciting Hotels

Our team are thrilled to have toured the impressive Barceló Fortina this week! With its stunning Valletta views and versatile spaces, it’s the perfect blend of style and functionality for our upcoming collaborations. Exciting times ahead!

2023 breaks records for highest number of tourist arrivals in Malta’s History

2023 proved to be a record-breaker in tourism numbers. This was revealed by the National Statistics Office (NSO), whose figures revealed that the total inbound tourists for the year of 2023 amounted to 2,975,670.

This marked a 30.1 per cent rise when compared to the corresponding period in 2022. 2023’s record figure breaks earlier record set in 2019, that of 2,771,888 visitors to the islands.

Overall, NSO noted that in 2023 the total tourist expenditure was estimated at €2.7 billion, an increase of 32.7 per cent than that recorded for 2022.

The total nights spent by inbound tourists also increased by 21.9 per cent, exceeding 20.2 million nights. Additionally, an increase was also noted in the expenditure per capita, from €880 in 2022 to €898 in 2023.

Expanding further on figures recorded in December 2023, NSO explained that a during the month under review a total of 144,301 tourists vised the islands for holiday purposes. Meanwhile, 9,156 tourists visited for business purposes. 84.8 per cent of which chose to stay in rented accommodation establishments.

The majority of the tourists were aged between 25 and 44 years old at 42.1 per cent, followed by the 45-64 age bracket at 32.1 per cent.

In total, British, Italian and Polish residents made up for 45.4 per cent of total inbound tourists.

In December the total nights spent by tourists also increased. With a marked rise of 9.9 per cent when compared to the corresponding month in 2022, tourists spent almost 1.1 million nights in Malta.

Meanwhile the average length of stay of total inbound tourists stood at 6.7 nights.

The overall spending by tourists nearly reached €116.7 million, marking a 15 per cent rise compared to the same month in 2022. The average expenditure per night was estimated at €109.8.

article credits: https://businessnow.mt/2023-breaks-records-for-highest-number-of-tourism-arrivals-in-maltas-history/?fbclid=IwAR34xWgWELfVgOIuqMV5bJPXmIxUF_dqyrad-MWXDf1koj0Up9EFxVQkoPw  

 

Malta Makes It On Bloomberg’s List of Top Travel Destinations in 2024

Once again, the charm and allure of Malta have captured the attention of the global stage, earning our Mediterranean gem a spot on Bloomberg’s list of must-visit destinations for 2024.

In an article titled “Where to Go in 2024,” Bloomberg dedicated a special section to Malta, highlighting its unique offerings as an ideal travel destination.

Among a diverse array of locations globally, including cities and states of much larger scale, Malta stood out alongside Busan in South Korea, Boston, Las Vegas, Montecito, and Aspen in the United States, Argentina, Hong Kong, Halifax in Canada, Bergen in Norway, Quito in Ecuador, Transylvania in Romania, San Sebastian in Spain, Belfast in the UK, Lima in Peru, Morocco, and the enchanting island of Palau.

Bloomberg anticipates 2024 as a record-setting year for travel, with a positive outlook on overcoming pandemic fears, economic challenges, and geopolitical conflicts. The International Air Transport Association projects that 4.7 billion people will take to the skies this year, generating a staggering $964 billion from air travel alone.

For those planning their travels, Bloomberg recommends choosing Malta for a vacation in 2024. The article highlights the opportunity to explore filming locations of blockbuster movies like Gladiator and Troy, as well as the iconic settings of the Game of Thrones series. Beyond cinematic landscapes, visitors can immerse themselves in Malta’s rich historical tapestry and bask in the beauty of the surrounding seas.

On the cultural front, Bloomberg acknowledges Malta’s International Contemporary Art Space (MICAS) as Europe’s most significant museum. With a government investment of thirteen million euros, MICAS provides a platform for both local and international contemporary art exhibitions. Notably, the museum offers breathtaking views of the Port of Marsamxett.

The article also encourages travelers to mark their calendars for March to May, as Malta hosts the Maltabiennali.art, themed “White Sea and Olive Groves.” Additionally, October presents an enticing opportunity to experience Notte Bianca, when museums and historical sites open their doors to the public free of charge.

Article credits: https://maltadaily.mt/malta-makes-it-on-bloombergs-list-of-top-travel-destinations-in-2024/
UNESCO recognises Maltese festas as an Intangible Cultural Heritage

The festa is a community event of religious origin held annually in village parishes across Malta and Gozo. The main festa season in Malta starts towards the end of April and runs until the beginning of October, with multiple events taking place in different villages. Community volunteers prepare the festa throughout the year and the event itself typically lasts a week. On the final day, a statue is carried in a procession led by the clergy and accompanied by members of the parish and marching bands. Festa weeks entail concerts, band marches, firework displays and bell ringing. Typical festa food, such as nougat, is sold from street stalls. The practice is transmitted informally through participation in the preparation and events. For instance, youth learn the stories and songs of the village and its sacred figures and how to participate in the festa by attending community events. Some parishes organise a children’s festa in conjunction with the church, and children carry a smaller statue through the town. Despite its increased secularisation, the festa remains an important part of cultural heritage in Maltese villages, uniting families, outsiders and local communities in a celebration of popular religiosity and local identities.

9th annual Hosts Global Forum – Malta

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