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In the heart of the Med, Malta offers a stunning backdrop for all manner of events

In the heart of the Med, Malta offers a stunning backdrop for all manner of events

Malta is a destination of choice for business events boasting a plethora of meeting venues set in historical sites and fabulous restored palaces. Combine this with a luxurious abundance of four and five-star hotels complemented by the island’s Mediterranean climate and the renowned Maltese hospitality, this is the perfect destination for conferences, incentives and events.


Conference and Incentive Travel is considered a very important niche in terms of tourism and economic generation for the Maltese islands. Over the past 25 years, this segment has steadily developed and continued to grow. This growth has been embraced by local Government and trade, who have invested their efforts to sustain and contribute towards the evolution of this segment. What before used to be considered as a business opportunity just for the shoulder months, research and results have shown that the Maltese Islands are a business destination all year round.

Conventions Malta, within the Malta Tourism Authority, operates as part of the Maltese Islands official tourism board.

The department focuses primarily on Conference & Incentive Travel and Association Business to the Maltese Islands.

We offer free of charge, unbiased information and assistance to event organisers looking at the Maltese Islands to host their next event on its shores. Conventions Malta operates on a non-commercial basis.

Local Quality Assured DMCs have decades of experience in producing innovative and often award-winning programmes.

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Lindsey Thorpe
Lindsey Thorpe Manager M.I.C.E – UK & Ireland
  • Conventions Malta
  • Unit C Park House
  • 14 Northfields
  • London
  • SW18 1DD
  • United Kingdom
  • National Languages: English , Maltese
  • Time Zone: CET



Malta International Airport is located between the villages of Luqa and Gudja, 10kms from Valletta. Malta Airport is served by 18 UK and Irish Airports.

Driving conforms to the British model and is on the left-hand side of the road. International and British driving licenses are accepted. Buses are available from just outside the airport and taxi stands are available at the arrival lounge at the Malta International Airport. As Malta is a small island, transfers between hotel and airport will take on average 30 minutes.

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Climate & Weather

With almost 300 days of sunshine a year and mild temperatures throughout autumn and winter, this Mediterranean Island offers many possibilities throughout the year.

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Public Holidays

  • 01/01/2019, New Years Day
  • 10/02/2019, Feast of St Paul's Shipwreck
  • 19/03/2019, St Josephs Day
  • 31/03/2019, Freedom Day
  • 19/04/2019, Good Friday **
  • 01/05/2019, Workers Day
  • 07/06/2019, Sette Giugno
  • 29/06/2019, Saint Peter and Saint Paul
  • 15/08/2019, Assumption Day
  • 08/09/2019, Feast of our Lady of Victories
  • 21/09/2019, Independence Day
  • 08/12/2019, Immaculate Conception Day
  • 13/12/2019, Republic Day
  • 25/12/2019, Christmas Day
**changes annually

For more information on events and festivals in Malta please visit https://www.visitmalta.com/en/events

Unusual Venues

Beautiful historical venues are scattered around the Islands and they can create a very special backdrop to an event, provide unrivalled mystical elegance and tell a story of bygone centuries. There are also modern, purpose-built venues offering high tech, adaptable spaces with special lighting and where nothing is impossible.

The narrow meandering streets of Malta's ancient towns and villages are crowded with Renaissance churches and Baroque palaces. The landscape is dominated by the medieval walled city of Mdina, the historic three cities of Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa lining one flank of the Grand Harbour looking out at the majestic 16th century capital Valletta. The countryside is dotted with the oldest known structures in the world, making Malta a veritable open-air museum. Village squares, churches, palaces, museums, and a variety of Government owned spaces and gardens can all be made exclusively available for special events on request.  

The capital city Valletta offers numerous locations and jaw-dropping backdrops for the most spectacular of events. Its magnificent palazzos and elegant squares will elevate a simple dinner into a dramatic experience set right at the heart of Malta’s rich history. On a balmy evening the gardens at Upper Barrakka on the city’s bastions are the perfect setting for a scintillating dinner al fresco with views of the Grand Harbour. The expansive 275m long promenade on Valletta’s Waterfront, an 18th century trading hub, can be adapted for any event of any size. Close by you can opt for an event at Fort St. Elmo or transfer to the opposite side of the coast to Fort St. Angelo in Birgu. 

Gozo is not short of outstanding scenery. The Citadel or Ċittadella has recently been restored and offers an amazing historical backdrop to any event.

With over 300 days of sunshine and mild winter weather, outdoor locations in the Maltese Islands are vast. One can choose from gardens to scenic viewpoints, historical forts, beaches, terraces to old buildings full of character. Sandy beaches and rocky shores give the event a unique island feel while the coastal locations of most of the conference hotels open up a wide range of possibilities.

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Visa Requirements

Malta is an EU member state and part of the Schengen area. For more information about Visas please visit the Ministry for Foreign Affairs website: www.foreign.gov.mt

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There are a total of 80 different bus routes that link the different localities in Malta to either major hubs such as Valletta, Mater Dei Hospital and the Airport or to other destinations. Meanwhile 15 different routes operate in Gozo primarily from the central hub of Victoria Bus Station to various localities on the island.

The white taxi service can pick up passengers from anywhere, except bus-stops. Taxi services from the Malta International Airport to all localities in Malta are based on a fixed tariff.

Renting a car is a good option if you want to get to the farther reaches of the island. All the road signs are in English and driving is on the left. Major international brands and local car hires are located on Malta and Gozo with daily rates of €16 - €28. International and national driving licenses are acceptable. 

A regular ferry service carries passengers and cars between Malta and Gozo. The trip takes about 20 minutes.

A&S Water Taxis operates a shuttle service from Valletta to Vittoriosa and Senglea using traditional Maltese boats.

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Corporate Social Responsibility


The Maltese Islands offer a wide variety of sports both for amateurs and experts. Outdoor and indoor activities are available for all age groups. They include hiking, golf, abseiling, cycling, boat racing, sailing, swimming and a number of water sports. Outdoor sports are a delight, especially during the winter months when temperatures are just right. And for those few days when the weather is not great, most hotels offer in-house facilities such as tennis, golf and squash courts.

The rugged Maltese terrain is ideal for walking and cycling amongst beautiful panoramas of blues and greens. Fans of the underwater world can immerse themselves in the clear blue seas surrounding Malta, Gozo and Comino. The abundance of reefs, caves and wrecks make Malta a diver’s playground. In fact, the Islands have been repeatedly awarded top positions amongst the best diving destinations around the world. The diving and water sports season is long and stretches across almost all seasons. 

Being in a hectic and complex world, it’s a good idea to hop over to a place with a slower pace. The Maltese Islands offer a shelter of wellbeing, and the pace is slower on the Island of Gozo. What better way to escape the noise than taking in some fresh air from the Mediterranean Sea? The view of a calm blue horizon may be enough to blow away modern day stresses, and with the Maltese Islands’ warm climate, activities such as yoga on a beach or Pilates on a sunny roof garden or private villa are very relaxing.

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Team Building Events

There’s nothing better than a common objective or an intriguing challenge to bring out the team-player within. Get your staff to build and race a functioning life-size cardboard ‘boat’ or ‘car’. Make the most of the climate, the beaches and the surrounding Mediterranean Sea with Beach Olympics and water sport competitions, using jet-skis, yachts and speedboats. 

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Corporate Meetings Sample Programme

While our Quality Assured DMCs are able to develop a programme tailored to your particular event requirements, below is a taster conference programme highlighting the possibilities available on the Islands.

Day 1
Arrival of delegates
Welcome BBQ outside around the pool or grounds of the hotel

Day 2
Main plenary sessions
Lunch at the residing hotel
Afternoon activities including a trip to Mdina, Malta’s silent fortress city and the Island’s old capital. This medieval capital can trace its origins back more than 4,000 years. Mdina is the seat of several noble houses, including the islands’ oldest titled family, created barons in 1350. The city commands a spectacular vista of the island.
Enjoy cake and coffee overlooking the panoramic view across Malta. 
Gala Dinner at the MCC - themed around the Knights of Malta with transfer from hotel to venue by vintage cars and then an extravagant Medieval Banquet.

Day 3
Main plenary sessions
Coach transfer from hotel to Valletta Waterfront for lunch by the sea followed by visit to the historic fortress capital of Valletta.
Delegates can enjoy tablet treasure hunts around the city exploring the attractions, the food market, shops and restuarants whilst competing against other teams. 
'Street Food Trucks' dinner at Valetta Food Market offering casual networking and the opportunity to try local Maltese food. 

Day 4
Closing speech
Delegates to be picked up from the hotel pier for a schooner transfer to Gozo, where they will savour a buffet lunch accompanied by entertainment as well as an interactive event on board.

Once disembarked, delegates can discover Malta’s sister Islands by Jeep or quad bikes during a fact-finding mission, which includes visits to the Citadella, the inland sea, Ggantija temples and Calypso’s cave.
Dinner at Ta'Frenc before returning back to hotel by boat transfer.

Day 5
Delegates can choose from: Spa treatment, taster dive, bike trail to Gozo or a yacht charter cruise.


Convention Sample Programme

DMC: Alpine Sterling  

Client: The Fetal Medicine Foundation, 26 - 30 June 2011

Alpine Sterling won the bid to organise the 10th world congress of the Fetal Medicine Foundation, which brought together 1,500 doctors and health sector researchers and specialists from 28 countries. The conference was held at the Hilton Malta. The farewell dinner was held at the Limestone Heritage Park, a former quarry in the south-west of the island, with a remarkable history and even more extraordinary setting. Guests were welcomed with traditional Maltese folk music. Numerous buffet tables and bars were set up to cater for all the guests. The park was illuminated and colour-coordinated to highlight the spectacular limestone forming a unique backdrop to the event. The soft music played during dinner gave way to more hip tunes as guests partied the night away. The highlight of the evening was certainly the fireworks display, which showcased the phenomenal talent of Maltese fireworks factories.



Emily Quinton

Emily Quinton

Fisher Scientific

For 2014 we decided to hold our European Sales Conference in Malta in January. I am delighted to report that this has been the best conference that we have staged to date. Mark Gatt from EC Meetings has provided a service that has gone above and beyond anything I could have anticipated, and exceeded the service I have received from any other European DMC partner.

Prof. Kypros Nicolaides

Prof. Kypros Nicolaides

Founder of Fetal Medicine Foundation

We have chosen Malta because of its excellent university and tradition in research and training, and also because of its Mediterranean climate, ancient towns, historic architecture, unique styles and traditions, which reflect the various cultures that have come into contact with the Maltese Islands throughout the centuries. Malta is in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, it is easily accessible from all European destinations and it offers high quality hotels and good conference facilities.
Apline Sterling was the DMC employed by the Fetal Medicine Foundation to deliver the event.

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