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Highlights of Malta Tourism Authority 2017 Calendar of Events

Highlights of Malta Tourism Authority 2017 Calendar of Events

The Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) has just launched the 2017 Calendar of Events for the Maltese Islands. Produced for the third consecutive year, this 88-page publication is a compilation of the main festivals and events taking place in Malta and Gozo for the coming year.

Michelle Buttigieg, MTA representative in the US, noted “this Calendar of Events is very timely for the US Market, as Malta has become a “hot” destination in the US, being named on the 2017 “places to go” lists of prestigious publications including a 12-page spread in the Dec./Jan. 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveler and Bloomberg Pursuits.

This year’s calendar of events is available in brochure format from any of the Malta Tourism Authority Tourist Information offices. It is also available in digital format and can be downloaded from MTA’s website.

The calendar lists all events which may be of interest to both tourists and locals, including musical events, sports, folklore, re-enactments and others. The main events for each month, such as the International Fireworks Festival in April, Isle of MTV Malta Special in June, the Notte Bianca in October, and The Rolex Middle Sea Race in October are highlighted with greater prominence. The calendar also includes a handy Index of Traditional Village Feasts and ends with a forward glimpse to 2018 when Valletta will be European Capital of Culture.

MTA CEO, Mr. Paul Bugeja, said that “the Malta Tourism Authority considers events to be a prime component of our tourism product, one which makes our destination especially attractive to the culture seeking American travelers. From the marketing perspective, our calendar of events provides us with a tool that helps showcase the variety of activities taking place in Malta and Gozo throughout the year, which our visitors may choose to use to plan their vacation dates. We note with satisfaction that the number of events listed grows each year, which is testament to the hard work put in by all individuals and entities involved.” Mr. Bugeja concluded by thanking the organizers of these events, and the MTA team that compiles all the data into one easy to navigate booklet with an online component accessible to all.

The sunny islands of Malta, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, are home to a most remarkable concentration of intact built heritage, including the highest density of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in any nation-state anywhere. Valletta built by the proud Knights of St. John is one of the UNESCO sights and the European Capital of Culture for 2018. Malta’s patrimony in stone ranges from the oldest free-standing stone architecture in the world, to one of the British Empire’s most formidable defensive systems, and includes a rich mix of domestic, religious and military architecture from the ancient, medieval and early modern periods. With superbly sunny weather, attractive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of intriguing history, there is a great deal to see and do.

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