Operators are seeing an increasing number of UK holidaymakers visiting Malta
as part of a twin-centre break.
The trend has prompted Malta specialist Sunspot to launch a combined Malta
and Cyprus brochure for next summer.
Deputy managing director Nick Bugeja said: «Lots of people don’t want to
spend two weeks in the same place. Cyprus and Malta both attract an upmarket
older clientele and are less than two hours apart by air. They are a perfect
The operator offers seven nights at the four-star Waterfront hotel in Sliema,
Malta, combined with seven nights at the four-star Marathon Hotel in Limassol,
Cyprus from euro 729 per person including flights and breakfast.
Cadogan MD Gary David said twinning Malta with either Gozo or Comino is also
He said 60% of his clients break their holiday in Malta with a short stay on
one of the smaller, neighbouring islands.
«They can experience the hustle and bustle of Malta and step back in time 100
years in Gozo. It’s beautiful, slow-paced and great for walking and fishing. A
lot of people rent farmhouses to just get away from it all,» said David.
Cadogan offers three nights at the five-star Kempinski hotel in Gozo combined
with seven nights at the three-star hotel Plevna in Malta from euro589 including
flights, transfers and breakfast.
David said the trip from Malta to Gozo takes 45 minutes by ferry although
clients after something special can make the journey by helicopter, which costs
an extra ё86 per person with Cadogan.
Belleair Holidays offers the Italian island of Sicily as a twinning option
with Malta. Sales and marketing manager Richard Gamber said he has seen a
«definite increase» in people combining the two islands, made possible by Air
Malta’s connecting service to Catania in Sicily. It operates thrice weekly in
the summer and twice weekly during winter.
The operator offers three nights at the four-star Victoria Hotel in Sliema,
Malta, combined with four nights at the four-star Ariston Hotel in Taormina,
Sicily, from ё522 including flights and breakfast.
Alternatively, a 14-night holiday, consisting of seven nights at each hotel
leads in at euro665.
Travel Weekly, November 5, 2004