Malta Treasure Hunts

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‘Revolutionising’ the way to visit the Maltese islands

Mosta, 25/09/17 – Island Publications ‘revolutionised’ the way tourists and residents toured the islands in 2010 with their Malta Treasure Hunts.

 

Today, the Mosta-based travel industry publisher has just produced the third edition of Malta Treasure Hunts (the second edition was published in 2013).

 

Devised, written and illustrated by veteran journalist Terence Mirabelli, this third edition of Malta Treasure Hunts is a 64-page booklet that contains a series of themed hunts that will take tourists and residents alike on a self-guided voyage of discovery around the Maltese islands.

 

For instance, Gozitan odyssey is a 45-kilomtere long treasure hunt that takes in the principal and offbeat sights of the island. Gozitan odyssey is an exciting tour undertaken by car or bicycle.

 

Other, shorter, pedestrian, hunts let one discover Victoria, Valletta, Mdina (aimed at children), Birgu, Zejtun, Zabbar, Rabat, St Julian’s as well as the popular resort of Bugibba and Qawra (dubbed ‘Bugiwra’).

 

For ‘techies’ Sliema – smart therapy is a pedestrian hunt that requires a smartphone. Clues come as QR codes and geographic coordinates.

 

All treasure hunts are colour coded, denoting levels of difficulty. Green hunts are easy, yellow ones are slightly harder and red ones require (a bit of) thinking and deduction.

 

Each hunt has a set of questions that sometimes lead to a landmark or require an answer to find a hidden password. Hunts are either circular or linear, meaning they either end where they start or not. A map is recommended for car and cycle hunts, otherwise one is not necessary for the pedestrian treasure hunts. Unlike previous editions, where hunters had to go online, answers are now available in the book – but it does require a bit of working out to figure them out.

 

No treasure hunt requires the payment of any entrance fees. Some hunts do go past sites, museums and landmarks that may require payment to visit, but entering these sites is at the discretion of the hunter.

 

Malta Treasure Hunts is the fun way to discover and tour the islands and see what they have to offer”, says Terence Mirabelli – managing director of Island Publications and originator of the hunts.

 

“The booklet is not intended solely for tourists, but also for residents of the islands. And hunts can be enjoyed singly, with friends, as a family or as a team-building exercise at whatever time of year.

 

“Moreover, Malta Treasure Hunts is the perfect tool for language students as they can be used as an exercise in English comprehension” Mirabelli adds.

 

“Producing Malta Treasure Hunts has been so much fun and educational, that I’m already planning a fourth edition”.

Malta Treasure Hunts is available from Agenda bookshops and from other leading book retailers and stationers at €10.

 

The hunts will also be available individually for download – as pdf files – from http://www.maltatreasurehunts.com from October.

 

For more information, contact:

Terence Mirabelli

Island Publications Ltd

tmirabelli@travelmalta.com

 

 

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Asia Pacific inbound, outbound

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Asia Pacific inbound, outbound

Inbound

Our calculation of AsPac visitor arrivals for latest-month April, in the current editions of the Travel Business Analyst newsletter, shows +9.3%; previous month +5.3%.

 

Of the bigger destinations:

 

-Japan looking fair after fears that the China market would fall. Presumably gaining some traffic otherwise bound for Korea…

 

-…trouble in Korea – presumably because of fears concerning North Korea and US mutual armageddon threats.

 

-Thailand growth weak.

 

 

 

Outbound

Our calculation of AsPac resident departures for latest-month April, in the current editions of the Travel Business Analyst newsletter, shows +7.9%; previous month +6.9%.

 

Of the bigger markets:

 

-Doing well – Hong Kong, Korea.

 

-Weak – Singapore.

 

 

The Fox

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Travel stocks in August

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FOXTROTS

Fox – sly.  Trots – left-leaning (Trotsky) plus its more insalubrious meaning.

Foxtrots – leading the industry in a dance.

 

Travel stocks in August

Travel stocks (US, AsPac, Eur) in August.

Airlines: biggest growth, Lufthansa +16%; biggest fall, Alaska -12%.

Hotels: Banyan +12%, Dusit -16%.

Tech: Travelpoint +6%, cTrip -14%.

Others: Hertz +59% sic, Disney -8%.

 

Previous month:

Airlines: biggest growth, Turkish +10%; biggest fall, Norwegian -28%.

Hotels: Dusit +22%, Jinjiang -8%.

Tech: cTrip +11%, Trivago -10%.

Others: Boeing +23%, HNA -14%.

 

TBA Travel Stocks Index: World 226, AsPac 109, Eur 183, US 386. Index previous month: World 232, AsPac 108, Eur 185, US 402.

 

NVTT (Net Value Travel Tech) Stocks Index: 146; previous month 145.

 

Stockmarkets. Biggest growth, Bangkok +3%; biggest fall India -2%. Previous month: Istanbul +7%; Stockholm -3%.

 

Info via Travel Business Analyst. Details in next month’s newsletters.

 

 

The Fox

Remember, I’m an industry expert in the parallel world.