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25
Jul

Why Malta is a haven for incentive trips

Often described as a good solid choice for meetings, Malta can sometimes be overlooked as an incentive destination. But the increasingly popular Mediterranean archipelago – named by Conde Nast Traveller as one of the must-see destinations of 2018 – is brimming with fun and fresh incentive activities to suit groups of all tastes…

Bake-off fans…
…will love Nenu The Artisan Baker – a café located in the heart of Valetta that has supplied fresh bread to locals for more than 450 years. Incentive delegates can get involved in the baking action by taking part in one of the fun baking masterclasses on offer. Each person is supplied with dough and a range of delicious ingredients to make their own ftira – a pizza-like dish buried under fresh vegetables and meats and baked in a stone oven. After the hard work is done, delegates get to sit back and taste their own creations, accompanied by the best local wine.

Wine lovers…
… should head to the Meridiana Wine Estate – one of Malta’s first established wineries to taste a tipple or two. The estate, located  scenically below Malta’s ancient, walled capital of Mdina, invites groups to its 19-hectare site for tours and tastings. A tour of the estate includes a visit to the fermentation-hall and underground cellar, both set within a picturesque Maltese farmhouse, with the highlight being given the opportunity to taste the produce while enjoying views of the vineyards and island beyond from the panoramic terraces.

Beach bums…
… should head to Comino, the smallest island in the archipelago and a paradise for snorkelers, divers and windsurfers. Only 3.5 square kilometres, Comino is car-free and apart from one hotel, is virtually uninhabited. The island’s main attraction is the Blue Lagoon (main image). In summer, this sheltered inlet of shimmering aquamarine water over white sand is an idyllic spot for a dip and some downtime. Other beaches on the island include Santa Marija Bay and San Niklaw Bay. Groups can pack and picnic and spend the day there, enjoying the sunshine and calming waters of the Mediterranean.

History & culture vultures…
… will be spoilt for choice given that the island features three UNESCO World Heritage Sites and more monuments per square kilometre than any other country in the world. Malta’s golden-hued capital Valetta – European Capital of Culture for 2018 – is the obvious place to start. Check out city’s gate, recently remodelled by architect Renzo Piano to prepare for its moment in the limelight. There are so many areas of heritage and culture to be explored – the 16th century masterpiece Grandmasters’ Palace, the “Sacra Infermeria”, which is now a fully equipped conference centre, the St. James Centre for Creativity – a superbly restored fortification where contemporary works of art are exhibited against the original rough-textured walls and rediscovered spaces.

To find out more about Malta, come and meet with Conventions Malta, who will be attending inVOYAGE 2018 on 1-4 October in Ras Al Khaimah.

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