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Malta is a popular year-round destination with its wonderful climate and picturesque villages, there is plenty to do during your stay in Malta. Malta as a destination offers you plenty of interesting things to do and see and better still the locals are English speaking with some well spoken in other European languages. The Maltese Islands are just a short flight away from any European destination, a 3 hour flight at the most from the UK. To book an airline has become fairly easy with a good selection of carriers that operate cheap flights to Malta and there are plenty of hotels to choose from to suit your pocket.

The majority of airline carriers have made it much simpler for the traveller to book their flight with the option of online facilities offering a wide range of services to suit your requirements and budget. You will note the competitive prices when you book your Malta flight with airlines featuring a low cost for the flight. You are then given the option to add services such as baggage, priority boarding, baby car booster seats, sports, musical equipment and others. So keep an eye out for these extras when you have a tight budget. Another important factor is to remember, is make sure you print off your boarding passes, these may come at a charge should you not have them handy when checking in.

There is no off peak season for flights when you book Malta with it being an all-year- round destination. However flight costs will vary depending on the time of year due to holiday periods etc. Great accommodation packages are offered when you book Malta flights from most online portals. These packages will incorporate cheaper accommodation prices and the best deal on Malta flights.

Hotels in Malta

There is a vast selection of Malta hotels available ranging from 2 star to 5 star luxury hotels. Hotels are located all over the island with the majority being in the north and east coastal areas, to suit every budget offering a good range of facilities. Most hotels which have a website offer an online facility allowing you to book your holiday real-time.

In the north coastal area, St.Paul’s Bay, is a popular destination for holidaymakers, which is now a developed area built around the original picturesque fishing village. The resorts of Bugibba and Qawra offer a good number of hotel accommodation, tourist facilities and amenities.

The coastline is primarily rocky but there are still plenty of opportunities for swimming and sunbathing, with a choice of beach clubs and lidos in the resort. There are hotels in the northern resorts of Mellieha and Golden Bay, both boasting their popular sandy beaches, each with their stunning surrounding views.

The main resorts of Sliema and St Julians are on the east coast of the Islands, both areas extremely popular and are linked by a seafront promenade. Many hotels are located on the coastal areas or on seafront promenades; others can be found tucked away in quiet streets but still in walking distance to the promenade and amenities. Sliema is more upmarket with its busy waterfront cafes, bars and many shops and small malls, whilst St Julians is considered to be the best place for entertainment in Malta, offering a bustling nightlife with an abundance of eateries, restaurants, bars, chic cafe’s, clubs, cinemas, bowling alley and more. The main resort in the south of Malta is Marsascala, with its tranquillity and colourful bay, popular with the locals.

The capital of Malta, Valletta, is an ancient fortified city, a historical gem, full of culture, wonderful artefacts and beautiful buildings, dating back to the 15th century. Valletta is oozing with architectural delights, never ending streets with quirky looking buildings, some from the 15th century or from during the British governance and others more recent. Palazzo’s, piazzas, monuments are just a few marvels to mention. St John’s Co Cathedral, with Caravaggio’s masterpiece of the Beheading of St John the Baptist, the Grand Master’s Palace and War Museum. One also has plenty opportunities to enjoy a celebrated selection of local and international performances in its magnificent baroque Manoel Theatre or at St James Cavalier with its stylish architecture. Valletta is also one of the main shopping hubs in Malta, offering an abundance of indoor and outdoor cafeterias and good eateries. Valletta is a great place to stay in, with hotels located in various areas of this remarkable city, some overlooking superb harbour views, and others have views of botanic gardens or grand historic monuments.

History buffs will be enthralled with the Island’s several millennia of history waiting to be explored. From fascinating archaeological sites, some of which are older than the Pyramids, various imposing buildings dating back to the 15th century from the days of the Knights of St John, to the amazing St John Co Cathedral in Valletta, Malta’s capital city. Not to forget to mention the several churches throughout the Island – there is literally one for every day of the year! Museum lovers will enjoy getting lost during their visits to Malta’s several treasures. Each museum houses impressive artefacts from various eras be it art, archaeology, natural history or war time. Enjoy afternoons of lazy sunbathing, water sports or take a boat trip around the striking coastline of hidden lagoons, rugged cliff tops and beaches. You can easily book for any boat trip or enquire about any other activities from the hotel front desk.

It is worth noting that throughout the year a good number of Malta hotels like to feature special promotions on their websites, which are great to take advantage of and book your flight and accommodation there and then.

You will find the Maltese Islands to be a treasure that offers great value for money with welcoming service.

Malta News

Ghedin upbeat despite upset

Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:48:11 +0200
Jean Paul Farrugia (right) is through but the action started from an infringement which led to the Maltese player getting dismissed. There were mixed feelings about the national team’s fifth successive defeat in the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign on Sunday following the 3-1 defeat to Slovakia at the National Stadium. The eastern European side proved a step too far for the Maltese in a match they dominated for long stretches. Goals from Wladimir Weiss, Jan Gregus and Adam Nemec lifted Slovakia to second place with three wins and nine, four adrift of leaders England. As for the home team, they only had an opportunistic Jean Paul Farrugia goal to show in the end for the national team to stay rock bottom and still in search of our first point in Group F. Farrugia was red carded 11 minutes from time after a second booking as Slovakia had Nemec dismissed in stoppage time. Despite the latest upset, coach Pietro Ghedin reckoned he can still take a few positives from his team’s commitment and wholehearted performance. “Again, I’m very proud of my players as they gave everything they had,” the Italian said. “We knew beforehand that Slovakia were a very strong but my players fought bravely throughout the entire match. With a bit more luck the result could have been different. “We lost the match 3-1 but I felt that... >
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What makes a portfolio diversified?

Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:19:00 +0200
Any typical investor holding a portfolio of assets, willing to achieve the maximum possible return for a given level of risk, will undoubtedly wish his/her portfolio of assets to be as diversified as possible. But what does diversification really mean? The more, the better? We have all heard the saying of “putting your eggs in one basket” as a means of trying to visualise the concept of diversification – but in investment terms, how can we achieve the optimal diversified portfolio of assets? Portfolio diversification is the strategy used by investors (of all types – from individuals to asset managers and hedge fund managers) to attempt to minimise and eliminate the exposure of the overall basket of assets to company-specific risk as well as even out the short-term effects of the performance of a particular asset class (such as bonds or equities) on the overall performance of a portfolio. So in practice, portfolio diversification can be achieved through a number of strategies, or rather portfolio allocations. A portfolio is said to be diversified if it gains exposure to more than one asset class. For example, a portfolio with 100% allocation to bonds or 100% allocation to... >
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Win in Malta crucial says Hamsik

Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:45:10 +0200
Slovakia’s Marek Hamsik tries a shot against Malta after coming on as a second-half substitute. Marek Hamsik said the 3-1 victory over Malta on Sunday was central to Slovakia’s chances of qualifying for next year’s World Cup finals in Russia. The Slovaks had no margin of error at the National Stadium to maintain their hopes of finishing in second place in Group F behind England who continued to lead the way after a 2-0 win over Lithuania at Wembley. Wladimir Weiss’s second-minute opener gave Slovakia the start they craved for but poor defending from Milan Skriniar saw Jean Paul Farrugia drawing the two teams level. But Jan Kozak’s men never lost tactical shape and focus. Before half-time Jan Gregus had given the visitors the lead with a shot from outside the box before Adam Nemec sealed victory late on for three precious points that lifted Slovakia to the runners-up spot, a point ahead of Slovenia and two clear of Scotland in what promises to be a tight three-horse race for a play-off berth. “This was a crucial win for our hopes of qualifying for the 2018 finals,” Napoli midfielder Hamsik, who came on a second-half substitute, told Times of Malta. “Scotland beat Slovenia and results mean we’re now second in the group so the points won against Malta are very important for... >
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Japanese manufacturers brace for possible US import tax – poll

Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:45:08 +0200
Shipping containers in a port in Tokyo. Photo: Issei Kato/Reuters Japanese manufacturers are wary of a possible US border tax, with just over half expecting profits to take a hit if the US slaps a 20 per cent levy on imports, a Reuters poll showed yesterday. In response, they are thinking of cutting costs, increasing production and procurement in the US and raising US product prices, but those steps would offset only some of the impact, the monthly Reuters Corporate Survey found. The US is the top destination for Japanese shipments. The House Republicans’ proposal to tax imports at 20 per cent could hurt Japan’s vital automobile, electronics and other exporters. “We’d have to consider setting up production facilities in the United States,” wrote a manager at a rubber company. “But in the longer term, it could lead to a shift away from the US for the manufacturing industry as a whole.” In the monthly survey, conducted March 7-21 for Reuters by Nikkei Research, 51 per cent of the 129 manufacturers that responded said earnings would be affected. The ratio was highest among automotive-related firms, at 77 per cent. The figure is lower for Japanese companies overall, at 36 per cent of the 246 that participated in the survey, which includes... >
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FIFA says no word from Maradona over threat to quit

Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:21:08 +0200
Diego Armando Maradona during the FIFA U-20 World Cup draws. FIFA said yesterday it had heard nothing official from Diego Maradona since the Argentine World Cup winner threatened last week to quit his ambassadorial role. FIFA said its last contact with Maradona had been when he took part in a draw for the U-20 World Cup in South Korea on March 15. “There have been no updates from him since then,” said a FIFA spokesman. Maradona told daily Clarin last Wednesday that he was angry over the Argentina FA’s (AFA) decision to appoint television presenter Marcelo Tinelli as head of its national teams committee. Maradona told FIFA president Gianni Infantino in a telephone call that he would step down if the decision was not reversed within two days, the interview said. The AFA is currently under FIFA intervention which, Maradona said, gave the governing body the power to reverse the appointment. Last June, FIFA responded to a financial and governance crisis in the AFA by stepping in and putting it under the administration of a ‘normalisation committee’. The committee’s main role is to prepare the AFA for a presidential election which is due to be held tomorrow. Maradona took up his new role in February and said at the time he had fulfilled a... >
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