A guest post by Paul Selis
Situated in the heart of the Mediterranean, the three main islands Malta, Gozo and Comino are small, beautiful and unique. With a fascinating 7,000 years of history and pre-historic temples older than the Pyramids, the Islands are bursting with culture, friendly locals, sunshine and ongoing events. With its thriving economy, continuous business development and considered to be a very safe destination, Malta has become an important hub for various trades, professions, services, vocations, research and education in the Mediterranean, making it an optimal choice to hold international meetings.
Malta is easily accessible with a 3-hour flight from all major European airports: 75 airports within Europe, Africa and the Middle East are serviced by 40 different airlines operating direct daily connections. With transfer times rarely exceeding 15 minutes, the Islands are extremely suited to be discovered in a stay of two to three nights. It is the perfect destination for meetings and incentives with a large selection of internationally branded four and five-star hotels, as well as boutique hotels. Complimented with magnificent historical monuments which can be used as venues, state-of-the art infrastructure and conference facilities.
Unexpected experiences on the Maltese Archipelago
On Site Malta is a Destination Management Company whose multi-lingual team of 15 event professionals arrange an average of 50 events hosting approximately 5,000 guests yearly. Two years of intricate planning, two weeks of set-up with over 200 crew members, and two days of intense rehearsals by international artists and their troupes led up to the largest event ever held in Malta which entertained some 7,000 guests in September 2014. The Valletta Waterfront, a busy, operational cruise port and business hub, was the chosen venue – beautifully transformed for this special event.
For the first time in history, all four AIDA cruise liners approached the Grand Harbour and majestically sailed in, one by one, to a full seven-round canon salute for each vessel. The ceremony was looked onto by the one hundred VIP guests who waved the ships in from the Upper Barrakka Gardens, triggering uproar of cheers from the passengers on each ship as they entered the harbour.
The guests disembarked onto specially constructed platforms and into their designated areas to enjoy the show which included past and present German and international singers, musicians and DJs, high-tech projections and fireworks. Several bars and seating areas were set up along the promenade and the quays and shuttle services operated to the hotels and to the ships. The vessels vacated the harbour a couple of hours after the event ended, and Valletta Cruise Port and its businesses were restored to resume normal operation the following day. http://www.onsitemalta.com
Photos in text courtesy of ©Onsite Malta
The header image shows the Valletta Waterfront by day. Courtesy of ©Viewingmalta.com