Here are some reasons why:
Location: nearer than you think
Malta lies around 93km south east of Sicily and 288 from Tunisia, its nearest point on the North African coast. It is around three hours’ flying time or less from most major European capitals and well connected onwards to long-haul destinations. London is just over three hours, while Rome is barely an hour away.
Malta is English speaking; English is in fact a joint official language alongside Maltese. This gives the Islands an edge over many other Mediterranean destinations when it comes to conference & event travel. If you need translation or interpreting of main world and European languages, we can easily find qualified personnel to help. Malta is one of the most multi-lingual nations in Europe (according to a recent Eurobarometer) as so many people speak a second language. Italian is the most widely spoken after English and Maltese.
The Maltese Archipelago may be easily accessible but it has a real feeling of escapism, as only islands can. You’ll find yourself well away from your work-a-day environment and able to focus on the business at hand all the while enjoying the lifestyle and climate of the Mediterranean.
Small is useful
The islands are small – around 30km from southern Malta to the northern tip of its sister island Gozo. The beauty of small is that you can see so much on just a short stay. Most major heritage sites are within half an hour of each other, and it’s quite possible to take in both cultural sight-seeing and leisure pursuits within a single day. From wine tasting in local vineyards to visiting Unesco World Heritage sites and from enjoying summer festas to a spot of designer label shopping, your interests are catered for within a short distance of Island Hotels and your event venue.
History of Hospitality
The Maltese Islands, with their strategic, central position in the Mediterranean, have long attracted visitors whether as conquerors, traders or travellers. From mythical names such as Homer’s Odysseus to the more well-documented arrivals of the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Knights of St John, the French and the British, the Islands have seen so many cultures come and go. Today, Malta is a microcosm of all that is the Mediterranean; it offers both a window onto this vast cultural legacy, tracing some 5000 years of inhabitants, as well as contemporary living at its best. It has a history of openness and welcoming people.
Malta is one of the most wired and connected of EU member states. It scores highly on EU benchmarks for broadband penetration, and mobile and e-Services. You’ll find Wi-Fi nearly everywhere - increasingly in public spaces from shopping malls to gardens and squares. Island Caterers, in conjunction with Island Hotels Group, and other trusted partners, provides a one-stop shop in sophisticated ICT facilities for your event as well as skilled personnel to provide technical support.
Malta has an archetypal, perfect Mediterranean climate with around 300 days with sun a year. It has hot, dry summers and mild winters; even its coldest month, January, sees temperature around 12-20 °C (54 to 68 °F) during the day and 7 to 15 °C (45 to 59 °F) at night. Autumn to spring are ideal months for corporate travel here, especially if you wish to escape a northern European winter. Malta averages five hours of sun a day even in winter months.