Encouraging news for destinations

Opening of borders, simplified protocol, sustainable tourism and slow tourism, flexibility… these are the trends that have emerged since the day organized by the association of foreign tourist offices in France.

Malta

Malta is looking to expand its air offer, as Dominique Micallef, director of the Tourist Office of France, explained: “This year we have more flights, even more than before Covid: whether from Paris or the provinces.” The destination is still served by the national airline Air Malta (daily from Paris, Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly, and 5 flights a week from Lyon), Air France (Paris, Charles de Gaulle) and Transavia (Paris -Orly), as well as provinces with Vueling and Ryanair.

The direction appreciated by our compatriots continues Dominique Micallef: “Even during periods of self-isolation, the French were the most reactive. We were in 4th place and moved up to 2nd place in terms of the contingent of foreign tourists on Malt.” It must be recognized that the period disrupted by the pandemic favors a safe and hopeful direction. What’s more, the French “love the islands” and Malt is a must-see archipelago – Gozi, a gem of architecture and culture. To spend your holiday in complete peace and security.

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Malta Fireworks Festival – 7 dates from 17 to 30 April 2022

21th This internationally recognized fireworks festival will take place in seven different locations in the archipelago from 17 to 30 April: Qala (Gozo) 17 April (Easter), Ghadira Bay (Melliha) 20 April, Golya tas Salib (Melliha). ) April 22, St. Thomas Bay (Marsaskala) April 23, Vyal l Indipendenza, (Mqabba) April 27, Floriana April 30 and the Grand Final will be held April 30 at the Grand Port of Valletta.

Malta Carnival – May 20-22, 2022

With a tradition of six centuries, the Maltese Carnival is one of the oldest carnivals in Europe. A popular festival not to be missed since the time of the knights, celebrated with incredible enthusiasm in Valletta, as well as throughout the archipelago, both on the island of Malta and on the island of Gozo.

Festi – from June to September

Festi are village parish festivals organized every year from June to September. Each parish in Malta and Gozo honors its patron saint. Marching bands, processions, an abundance of decorations and magnificent fireworks!

Hungary

Of course, since many tourist offices communicate on this topic, this destination is open without restrictions, and it wants to be known about it. But apart from this news, the country has just taken advantage of this waiting period to embark on “huge” renovation programs to further embellish their heritage. This is the case of the opening of the Hungarian National Opera after a long period of work. But the exceptional, if there is one, lies elsewhere. The country is launching a massive program to restore castles that were destroyed during the Soviet era for all known ideological reasons. Thus, the past will be revived with the reconstruction of an identical historical monument with modern comfort and practicality.

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Completely restored Hungarian National Opera. The official opening took place on March 12, 2022.

Numerous renovations and reconstructions in the Buda Castle area thanks to the Hauszmann program.

Within the framework of the liget project: House of Music, House of the Hungarian Millennium, Museum of Ethnography.

Two new direct post-pandemic flights from France: Lyon and Nantes. WizzAir launches direct flights from Orly. The city of Debrecen is now served twice a week from Orly and Beauvais.

Italy

In 2022, Italy is placing increasing importance on environmentally responsible and sustainable, local and, above all, open tourism.

Italy continues to promote slow tourism with its traditional pilgrimage routes such as Via Francigena https://www.viefrancigene.org/it/, its routes through the most beautiful villages in Italy https://borghipiubelliditalia.it/ or rehabilitation from Italian trail which crosses Italy from north to south, https://www.vasentiero.org/sentiero-italia. Since last year Vie di Dante www.viedidante.it invites you to cross the magnificent mountain scenery between Florence and Ravenna in the footsteps of the poet.

More and more cross-cutting initiatives combine gastronomy and territory, responsible agriculture and wine tourism, slow tourism and slow food: oleotourism in Puglia www.viaggiareinpuglia.it or in blue zone https://www.bluezones.com/exploration/sardinia-italy/ located in the unspoilt region of Barbagia and Ogliastra in Sardinia, home to the largest number of centenarians https://www.sardegnaturismo.it/en/

The positive legacy of a two-year health crisisICultural events are increasingly taking place in the open air, such as the 61st edition. Stresa Festival on Lake Maggiore, whose two editions of July and September will take place outside on the Catapult, a new acoustic stage designed by architect Michele De Lucchi and built specifically for the festival www.distrettolaghi.it

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