Malta was named third on the prestigious New York Times “52 Places to go in 2016” list in its Sunday Travel Section that was issued on January 10, 2016.

A European country situated between Sicily and the North African coast, has three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Valletta, Malta’s capital was named the European Capital of Culture 2018.

An excerpt from The New York Times describes Malta as, “An affordable Mediterranean playground with a superb climate, sublime beaches, megalithic temples and a distinctive crossroads culture.” The article further described the Archipelago, “There are three inhabited islands to explore — Malta, home to buzzing Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage city of stunning limestone buildings; Gozo, more tranquil and with a dramatic coastline filled with great spots for diving; and idyllic, car-free Comino, which has one hotel and few residents.”

Paul Bugeja, CEO, Malta Tourism Authority (MTA), stated that he was very pleased that Malta was named number three by such a prestigious newspaper as the New York Times. Since reestablishing a Malta Tourism Authority presence in the US two years ago, MTA has seen an increase in the number of Americans visiting Malta, however, now with this New York Times Travel Section spotlight,  Malta will lure even more visitors from the US to discover the ‘hidden gem’ of the Mediterranean.

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