1 Excellent facilities, year-round good weather and convenient connections to Europe’s major airports make Malta a dream destination for incentive planners and conference organisers. Some 80,000 delegates visit the island each year. The EU, the Commonwealth, WHO, UNDP, Microsoft, IBM, Bayer, Roche, Cable & Wireless, Cadbury, Sony, Dell Computers, Eriksson, UPS, Opel, Deutsche Telecom and many others have already chosen Malta as their meeting venue.
2 The country’s compact size also allows for groups and delegates to enjoy leisure and team building activities, such as biking, rock climbing, diving or sailing, during a visit. With 300 days of sunshine, limitless leisure opportunities and first-class dining, Maltaoffers an abundance of attractions that can form a pre- or post- conference programme.
3 The island has adopted an ‘access-all-areas-strategy’, meaning any location can be transformed into a formidable event space. Many of Malta’smagnificent castles, stunning palazzos and impressive forts make it easy to add a luxurious atmosphere and special accent to any function. For a more contemporary note, available venues include theme parks, marinas, luxury yachts and exclusive sea-front properties.
4 Event organisers can make the most of Malta’s 7,000-year history with its scores of cultural and architectural venues, any of which would be ideal to turn a usually routine occasion into a truly memorable event. A particular favourite is the 16th century Mediterranean Conference Centre, which served as a hospital during the era of the Knights of St John and can host 1,500 guests at gala dinners or 4,000 visitors at standing receptions.
Malta is emerging as a Mediterranean financial services convention hub attracting a broad cross-section of the global finance community and speakers of international repute.
5 Malta caters for anything from an eight-strong board of company directors seeking upscale accommodation and elegant entertainment, to a sales meeting for 1,000 company representatives or an annual general meeting of 2,500 people.
6 Most public spaces can be used for events and launch parties; receptions and dinners have already taken place at beaches, museums and village squares. The Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre (MFCC), located near the ancient walls of Mdina, is by far the country’s largest venue with a capacity of 10,000 people.
7 Malta is also excellent value for money. Most smaller venues such as palazzos and hotel ballrooms can be rented for around €2,000 a day, while hotel rates in the off-peak season can be as low as €40 a night.
8 Conventions Malta offers a variety of services designed to provides specific information on the many certifieddestination management companies (DMCs), hotels, facilities, service providers and venues, audio visual companies, exhibition stand designers and event organisers.help event organisers.The portal www.conventionsmalta.com