Malta Tourism Authority  

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The Malta Tourism Authority is the Maltese tourism industry’s regulator and motivator, its business partner, the country’s brand promoter, and is here to form, maintain and manage meaningful partnerships with all tourism stakeholders.  The main objectives are:

  • To promote and advance Malta as a tourism destination.
  • To advise Government on tourism operations and to issue licences under the Act.
  • To contribute toward the improvement of the level of human resources in the tourism industry.
  • To advise government on the planning and development of tourism and the infrastructure supporting the industry.
  • To assist and advise on any tourism-related issues and to undertake activities, events and projects.

Valletta Cruise Port is a renowned port of call and a growing homeport, with a strategic location in the middle of the Mediterranean. It offers a safe haven for ships and a variety of 24/7 support services. Valletta’s quays are ISPS-compliant and can handle the largest vessels.  Expanding the itinerary to include the sister island of Gozo creates a ‘2 for 1’ bonus, ideal for overnight stays, with fuel savings and no additional port charges.

Brands: Malta Tourism Authority Valletta Cruise Port


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 Press Releases

  • Official data issued by the Malta National Statistics Office shows that the islands welcomed 765,696 cruise passengers during 2019, including 8160 passengers on cruise liners berthed in the sister island of Gozo.  This figure represents the highest number of cruise passenger arrivals on record, an increase of 21% over 2018, and complements yet another record tourism year for the destination.  In fact, the islands hit a new milestone with 2.75mln tourist arrivals (excluding cruise passengers).

    The most significant increases in cruise passenger arrivals were recorded from the North American, German and British markets.  North American visitors (USA & Canada) topped the list and reflect the highest increase.








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    Note: The majority of passenger embarking on cruise liners from Malta generally end their trip at the same destination.  Embarkations are therefore not included in total traffic figures in order to avoid double counting.

    There were 359* cruise liner calls in 2019, with an average 2,133 passengers per vessel, compared to 310* calls and an average 2,041 passengers per vessel in the comparative period of 2018.

    *note: Cruise liners calling at both Malta and Gozo during a single voyage are recorded as one cruise liner call.

    2020 is expected to be another busy year and Valletta Cruise Port has a lot to look forward to, with projects that will improve and sustain core operations.  From a maritime perspective, works will be starting on Quays Pinto 4-5 in November 2020.  With this development, Valletta Cruise Port is looking at a more attractive and secure operation, without the need for the spacer barges currently in use on these quays.

    Valletta Cruise Port is also in the process of implementing an Environmental Risk Management System (ERMS). The environmental and conservation policy is in compliance with ISO 14001:2015, a baseline requirement for almost all national and international “green port” accreditations. 

    Additionally, from a local perspective Valletta Cruise Port is enhancing the Valletta Waterfront destination through the embellishment of the waterfront, investing in excess of €2mln to install new outside canopies that will not impact on the visual of the historical vaults and adding other aesthetic touches that should give the area the attractiveness that it merits.

    In the meantime, the Maltese Government has recently launched a €50mln investment project for shore-side electricity. This project will be implemented by Infrastructure Malta and is set to reduce more than 90% of air pollution from visiting cruise liners.  The Grand Harbour Clean Air Project includes the development of an electricity infrastructure so that cruise liners can turn off their engines and plug into electricity sources from land to offer their services while moored in port.  As a result of this project, when turning off their auxiliary engines, cruise liners visiting the city will produce 93% less nitrogen dioxide, 92.6% less particle matter and 99.6% less sulphur dioxide. These substances are among the biggest causes of health problems. The project will also reduce carbon dioxide emissions of cruise liners by 39.6%, a substance which contributes to climate change.

    Valletta Cruise Port has become one of the top 14 port of calls in the Mediterranean. Homeporting calls are also on the increase and now comprise circa 31% of its operations in 2019 as compared to 22% in 2018.

    Although cruise visitors are not accounted as tourists in the National Statistics Office tourist arrival data reports, these visitors are still an important factor in the tourism success story of the destination.  In the words of Mr Carlo Micallef, Deputy CEO and Chief Marketing Officer of the Malta Tourism Authority,  “Cruise lines and their passengers often describe Malta's Grand Harbour as one of the most beautiful ports in the world and this is possibly the best introduction to Malta's rich history and heritage that first-time visitors to our Islands can enjoy. The Malta Tourism Authority is very pleased with the results being achieved in the Cruise sector, a sector that is very important to the economy of Valletta especially, and also to a wide range of tourism service providers. In addition to the direct benefits of spend by cruise visitors in our Islands, surveys confirm that a high percentage of those that visit Malta for the first time on a cruise ship, often return to our Islands for a holiday within two or three years of first visit."


  • Valletta Grand Harbour
    Malta’s Grand Harbour, with its imposing fortifications, is a spectacular port separating the capital city of Valletta from the historic towns of Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua, making it a popular port-of-call for ships cruising the Med.

  • Cruising into history 
    Entering Malta’s Grand Harbour is like crossing a time portal into the centuries past!

    The majestic setting within the Grand Harbour, a natural deep-water port, for many thousands of years the epicentre of Malta’s maritime activity, provides the backdrop to a portrait of a nation’s fascinating history.  

    Guests disembark at the Valletta Waterfront, a colourful setting to a number of retail, dining and leisure outlets.  With its nineteen historical 250-year-old warehouses, built by Grand Master Pinto at the height of the baroque period in Malta, stretching along the water’s edge, the historical Quay Wall where the Knights of St John and European merchants used to unload their wares, the impregnable Old Power Station that serves as a testimony to the eclectic and heroic history of the Grand Harbour, and as well the Forni Stores dating back to 1626, constructed by Grand Master de Vilhena – the Valletta Waterfront is there to discover and enjoy!

    The Waterfront is also the gateway to Malta’s capital city, Valletta – a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen, as described by former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli (21 December 1804 – 19 April 1881). This open-air museum is just a few minutes’ walk away, accessible through the convenient elevator which takes the visitor to the Upper Barrakka Gardens.

    Valletta is a living, working city, in fact the administrative and commercial heart of the Islands. Named after its founder, the Grand Master of the Order of St. John, Jean Parisot de la Valette, the magnificent fortress city grew on a peninsula which rises steeply from two natural deep harbours, Marsamxett and Grand Harbour.

    After the first stone was laid in 1566, Valletta was completed, with its impressive bastions, forts and cathedral, in the astonishingly short time of 15 years; a remarkable feat when considering the fact that mechanical tools did not exist at the time and the whole city was built entirely by hand.

    Valletta has many titles, all recalling its rich historical past. It is the "modern" city built by the Knights of St John; a masterpiece of the Baroque; a European Art City and a UNESCO World Heritage City. Today, it is one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world and a popular port-of-call.  The city is busy by day, yet retains a timeless atmosphere by night, that gives the feeling that you are walking back in time.

    Valletta is abundantly rich in sites to see and explore, intriguing historical buildings around every corner: statues, niches, fountains and coats of arms high up on parapets. Narrow side streets are full of tiny quaint shops and cafés, while Valletta's main streets are lined with larger international branded shops for fashion, music, jewellery and much more.

    The best way to get around and see the most from your visit to Valletta, is on foot. St John's Co-Cathedral and Museum are a must-see and are home to world famous masterpieces by Caravaggio and Mattia Preti. Apart from the numerous Baroque churches that dot the streets of Valletta, other places of interest include the various palaces, piazzas and museums. 

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