Holiday travel hotspot Malta gets royal boost
A favourite foreign holiday destination has just become even more popular – thanks to a royal boost.
The Duke of Cambridge’s recent visit to certain parts of Malta has sparked a 71% increase in tourist travel there.
William was on the Mediterranean island to mark its 50 years of independence.
Now Trivago reports that Malta’s website search activity has jumped as a result.
The hotel comparison site has contrasted web searches of the weekends before and after the Prince’s visit.
Malta has belied its size over the years to become a centre of vast cultural heritage, including many Neolithic temples.
Other attractions include clean beaches, musical festivals, holiday resorts, restaurants and bars.
The study finds that Qawra in St Paul’s Bay (71%), Mellieha (60%), Bugibba (41%) and the Valletta capital (31%) have all seen big hikes in interest among searchers.
Among the hotspots William visited were Attard’s San Anton Palace, and Valletta’s Auberge de Castille, Grand Harbour, Upper Barrakka Gardens and St John’s Co-Cathedral.
Currency fact: Up until 2007, Malta had its own currency – Maltese Lira. On 1 January 2008 it took on the Euro.