Binance to Open Offices in Malta

Cryptocurrency Exchange company Binance open base in Malta

Binance, a company founded last year in Hong Kong, plans to open an office in Malta, founder Zhao Changpeng has said in an interview. Zhao was recently invited by the Maltese government in order to review an upcoming bill, which was beneficial to crypto businesses.

Binance shall soon begin a “fiat-to-crypto exchange” on the European island nation, and has nearly closed a deal with local banks that can provide access to deposits and withdrawals, he said, without giving a timeframe.

“We are very confident we can announce a banking partnership there soon,” Zhao commented. “Malta is very progressive when it comes to crypto and fintech.”

Regulators from China to the U.S. have been clamping down on exchanges and businesses relating to cryptocurrency, since 2017. This meant that companies such as Binance have been finding difficulty in finding a permanent base.

The company previously had an office in Japan and was attempting to gain a license in order to operate, but then decided to remove its staff to rule out any confrontation with local regulators, Zhao said.

On Friday, Japan’s Financial Services Agency released a warning for the venue of the office, due to operating without approval.

Zhao also stated that he was communicating with authorities in HongKong, though the result of such talks was inconclusive. Binance was just one of seven crypto exchanges that received a warning letter recently from the Securities and Futures Commission. This message warned firms not to trade digital assets defined as securities under Hong Kong law, a person familiar with the letter said.

This all arrives in Malta just as policy makers scurry for methods to promote the nation as a leader in the digital assets field. The government has been hosting multiple public consultations regarding the regulation of virtual currencies, token sales, and crypto-exchanges.

Binance also plans to release a decentralised exchange in the near future. Around 10 teams are working on the development, although the technology is presently not fast enough to fill the role of the firm’s existing centralised exchange, he said.

The Malta Independent reported that plans for a Malta Digital Innovation Authority that will regulate and certify blockchain-based businesses and their operations were revealed in February. The organization will also design a framework to oversee initial coin offerings.



Maltese Parliament Present New Gaming Bill

New motion tabled in Parliament for the first reading of a new Gaming Bill

The Gaming Bill will endeavour to replace all existing legislation with a singular primary Act of Parliament. Once the Act comes into force a series of technical directives and guidelines currently being consulted on by the Malta Gaming Authority will be published alongside subsidiary legislation.

sigma igaming Maltese Parliament Present New Gaming BillAnnounced by the Hon Silvio Schembri, Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation, the Bill will ensure that the MGA has the necessary resources and powers to effectively regulate the gaming industry whilst protecting consumers. This will be in line with concurrent developments on anti-money laundering and funding of terrorism obligations. The bill will also focus on consumer protection standards and responsible gaming.

The consultation with the MGA was launched in July 2017 and was well recieved, resulting in feedback from 53 different parties both locally and abroad.

‘’This Bill marks a major step in streamlining and encompassing the governance of all gaming services offered in and from Malta and across all channels under the competence of the MGA. The Government wants to ensure that the gaming industry continues to be run responsibly, fairly and free from criminal activity, so that the Maltese jurisdiction provides a safe and well regulated environment where the industry can also develop and innovate.’’ Hon. Silvio Schembri said.

‘’We hope to remove any red tape by increasing efficiency and flexibility for the Regulator, whilst improving  the robustness of the current framework and focusing regulation on outcomes. Thanks to this New Gaming Bill the industry will grow by another 4%’’ Hon. Schembri added.

The press conference was also addressed by Joseph Cuschieri, Executive Chairman of the MGA who stated: ”This is an important milestone and welcome this major step forward by the Maltese Government. This Bill contains draft proposals which aim to bridge the regulatory gap between various gaming verticals and channel, including new technologies serving as a platform to future proof gaming regulation whilst ensuring that consumers enjoy a consistent level on protection.”



Malta Retains Highest Economic Growth

Malta maintains leading economic growth out of Euro countries

Once again, Malta has hit the highest economic growth in the Euro Area with 2017 grading at a real GDP growth rate of 6.6 percent.

The rate of growth is over double the average growth rate of 2.3 and 2.4 percent recorded in the Euro Area and the EU28 respectively.

The Finance Minister, Edward Scicluna, said in a statement: “I am pleased to note that our country has been consistently recording historically higher economic growth rates in the last four years confirming that this higher level of generated wealth for our families can and will be sustained.”

In nominal terms, GDP grew by 9.0 percent. The latter augurs well for the debt-to-GDP ratio for 2017, which is expected to fall below 55 percent.

The increase of €916 million in nominal GDP last year was split between a €290 million rise in compensation of employees, a €498 million increase in business profits, and a €128 million increase in revenue from production and imports taxes.

Private consumption remained a crucial driver of growth during the last year, increasing by €191 million or 4.4 percent. This continues to reflect the dynamic performance of the labour market, boasting a consistently record low unemployment rate of 4.0 per cent in 2017 and a strong employment growth of 3.1 per cent in the third quarter of last year. Exports also aided economic growth.

Government final consumption expenditure showed a decrease of €4 million or 0.3 per cent.

Other noteworthy private sector increases were in the arts, entertainment and recreation sector, the construction, quarrying and utilities sectors, the wholesale and retail trade, transportation and storage sectors, the accommodation and food services sector, as well as the information and the communications sector. This also includes the growth in the manufacturing sector, where gross value added rose to 9 percent last year.

This is following the prediction of the European Commissioner that Malta would lead the way for GDP growth.



Malta Digital Innovation Authority unveiled: Legal Certainty on the horizon

Malta Digital Innovation Authority to launch Policy

The government has announced the launch of a policy document. This will be regarding the Malta Digital Innovation Authority, in an attempt to offer legal certainty in Blockchain technology and by extension cryptocurrencies.

So far, Blockchain technology (a concept forming part of the wider Distributed Ledger Technology – DLT) has not been regulated in any way by any institution or body worldwide. This technology involves a consistent increase in records, called blocks, that are connected and secured through the use of ‘cryptography’. Every record is linked to the record that comes before it, and contains transaction data and also a timestamp.

When the block is given a timestamp, the record is no longer alterable. This technology could provide the opportunity for more efficient procedures in day to day life, despite its notorious complexity.

An example of this would be in the music industry. Bands could utilise DLT platforms such as Blockchain in order to eliminate the intermediate required for receiving royalties when people download their music. Instead, transactions would be made across a peer-to-peer system, where they are computed, verified and recorded through an automated consensus method.

The responsibilities held by Malta Digital Innovation Authority include a wide variety. Furthermore, one of these roles would be to certify DLT platforms in order to provide legal certainty for those that make use of them.

Presently, if a company were to utilise a DLT platform for the sake of bypassing central authorities to account for a cheaper and more efficient process, this would entail using an uncertified platform.

By creating this authority, the government will certify a platform (e.g. Blockchain), and certified surveyors in the authority will in turn verify that the information being logged onto the platform is
authentic material. Through this, companies that use DLT will therefore have peace of mind that the platform is genuine, offering legal certainty, whilst simultaneously making operations more efficient.

The parliamentary Secretary for the Digital economy, Silvio Schembri, further explained to stakeholders what it takes to launch the policy document. He stated that this “historic moment” will be completed in three phases.

The first step involves the actual setting up of the authority. Step two relates to the launching of a Bill that sets out the system of registration of Technology Service Providers and the process of certifying Technology Arrangements. Step three will then launch a Bill that provides the framework for initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and the regulatory system on to the supply of certain services relating to virtual currencies.

ICOs are methods for new digital currencies in order to create financing. This is accomplished by offering investors the new currency in exchange for alternate, more established ones, for example: Bitcoin and Ehterium.

Those subject to the virtual currency Bill include brokers, wallet providers, exchanges, investment advisors, asset managers and market makers working with virtual currencies (issued by the MFSA).

Schembri manifested how the setting up of the new authority and promoting government policies of which are in favour of Malta being the new hub for advanced and innovative technologies, are some of the objectives to be pursued.

Additionally, the objective is to inspire innovation in the design, as well as in the actualisation and use of new technologies. It is significant to also facilitate innovation by creating a system based on the use of newly advanced technology in useful business cases.

The implementation of anti-money laundering directives is also a priority maintained by the new Authority, also acting as a consultation board.

There are three kinds of DLT platforms, including: those for the purpose of private consumption (e.g. an internal payroll system for a large company), private DLT platforms that are created for the use of regulated organisations, (e.g. a financial institution using a platform to be used by its clients), and lastly: a public platform that shares the functions of consensus (such as Bitcoin and Ethereum).

Schembri then offered examples of how DLT platforms may be utilised in practice. This involved using Blockchain technology for the purpose of recording and managing the circulation of good and related invoices, therefore substantially alleviating the risk of errors and the opportunity to change invoice values and recipients.

He insisted that this will support the supply-chain by providing the opportunity to trace products back to their sources.

Schembri elucidated the process of consultation including all relevant stakeholders,national authorities (including the Financial Intellifence Analysis Unit – FIAU) and the police, coupled with local industry players as well as international. All whilst also consulting with international authorities prior to the launch of the policy document.

Throughout the upcoming three weeks, the public is able to freely offer feedback on the objectives and ideas that have been set out. After, the three Bills and a full explanation of the policy’s system will be presented in Parliament.


30,000 Foreigners to Join Maltese Workforce as iGaming Flourishes

Number of foreign employees in Malta expected to increase

Only 25% of the roughly 10,000 new jobs created in Malta yearly go to Maltese nationals, according to economist and JobsPlus chairperson Clyde Caruana. In an interview published today by the Malta Independent, Caruana gives an overview of the Maltese employment landscape, and the influence of the iGaming sector.

At the current rate, the island could be looking at 28,000-30,000 additional foreign workers within three years. According to Caruana employment of foreign nationals in such quantities is essential to maintain the level of growth required for economic development.

JobsPlus is currently pursuing employing third country nationals and only this week emails are being sent to European non-EU countries seeking to attract employees to Malta.

Caruana seemed unfazed by recent news of redundancies at a leading iGaming firm, stressing that such developments are not out of the ordinary in the industry. He made it clear that if the entirety of the industry had to relocate, the effects would be more harshly felt.

“If, hypothetically, all iGaming companies decided to all just lock up and leave, then yes. That would leave prominent effects, and it is important not to put all our eggs in the same basket. In the past iGaming took up 4 per cent, today it takes up 12 per cent of our GDP which is quite a sizeable number,” Caruana explains. “Companies now and then will make some of their employees redundant for various reasons. But if we had to look at the sector as a whole the number of employees are still going up, so it does not mean that if there some redundancies this is a symptom which is the norm for all”.


European Commission Expects Malta to Lead EU in GDP Growth

5.6% forecast more than double the European bloc average

The Maltese economy outperformed predictions in 2017, registering 7.2% over the first three quarters of the year. European Commission experts expressed some surprise at the rate of growth, and chalked it up to the export services sector going from strength to strength.

Now, the Commission forecasts a 5.6% growth rate for 2018, a figure that leads the EU at more than twice its average predicted growth rate, according to the Winter 2018 Interim Economic Forecast.

Private consumption is expected to become more of a driver of growth in 2018, as strong employment growth, improved consumer confidence and growing disposable income start to tell.

The European Commission forecast follows a similar pronouncement by the Central Bank, touting the expected growth leading up to 2020.


More Air Malta Flights to Tel Aviv as Demand Surges

Commercial ties drive increased visits

The number of arrivals from Israel topped the 16,000 mark in 2017. The increased popularity of the Malta-Tel Aviv connection has been chalked up to an uptick in commercial activity involving the two countries – especially in the fields of tourism and tech.

Air Malta is set to increase the number of flights to and from Tel Aviv, with five weekly flights planned for summer and three in winter. This move will be accompanied by the creation of a sales distribution network in Israel, and is expected to facilitate the increased presence of Israeli tech and iGaming firms in Malta.

The Ministry of Tourism has also announced promotional efforts to increase the number of Israeli tourists visiting Malta. Minister Konrad Mizzi is currently in Israel, where he visited the IMTM fair in Tel Aviv. He said his ministry aimed to considerably increase the number of Israeli visitors to Malta, as arrivals over the past year reached 16,666.


MGA (Malta Gaming Authority): Challenges and Opportunities

For many years now, the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has arguably been the world’s pre-eminent remote gaming jurisdiction, with little or no competition from bigger countries who took far longer to recognise the value inherent in the industry. In particular, Malta has become the mainstay jurisdiction with regard to licensing and regulation in ‘grey’ gaming markets, such as Australia and Canada, where players are not prevented from participating in online gaming even though operators are barred from running sites from within those countries’ borders.

Although there are other licensing regimes, such as Gibraltar, Belize and Alderney, a site accredited and regulated by the Malta Gaming Authority generally earns the greatest respect and trust from players, and they see it as being a well-organised body that effectively oversees the fair and secure operation of gaming sites. In essence, Malta has for some time been virtually the only game in town.

However, there have been significant challenges posed to the MGA’s position, not least by the UK’s decision to become a ‘white’ market where online gaming is fully regulated through the auspices of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). Now, operators of white listed casino sites are required to be regulated by the UKGC if they want to advertise and provide services to UK players, and a point of consumption tax is paid by the operator on every wager.

This development has not, however, significantly impacted on the reputation of the MGA’s licensing regime, as UK-based operators who continue to operate in grey markets still seek and retain Maltese licences. Currently, there are more than 500 MGA licences held by remote gaming operators from around the world and their value continues to be recognised globally.

Nevertheless, in order to retain its pre-eminent position within the remote gaming industry, the MGA has been seeking to expand and diversify its offerings, and is looking to innovate in a number of areas.

Most notably, the MGA is seeking to expand into the realm of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and cryptocurrencies, through allowing operators with its licences to offer online gaming based on DLT and to accept payments using cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Litecoin and Etheruem.

Such a move is not without potential challenges for the MGA. In a White Paper issued in July 2017, the authority noted that before it can licence DLT and cryptocurrency operators with confidence, it needs to ensure that proper protocols are in place to protect players and that security measures are implemented so as to prevent money laundering and the funding of terrorism. This is deemed necessary so that a move towards accepting new technologies and emerging currencies will not in any way compromise the MGA’s reputation and international standing.

Therefore, the MGA is currently establishing a ‘test and learn’ live environment in which cryptocurrencies can be used for gaming, and is also exploring how it might draw up and enact a regulatory regime applicable to remote gaming sites implementing DLT. Industry observers have noted rapidly growing interest in the use of cryptocurrencies at remote gambling sites, fuelled by the spectacular rise in value of Bitcoin and others in 2017, and so the MGA has clearly recognised this as a sector in which it needs to be an active, if not leading, participant in the future.

This represents the sort of forward thinking that has seen Malta lead the way and remain at the forefront of regulated remote gaming for so long. From the outset, it recognised that prohibition was not the answer, but rather that a better solution was to create safe and secure gaming environments in which operators were regulated and controls were in place to ensure that players were treated responsibly and games operated fairly. Likewise, the MGA has recognised that as cryptocurrencies gain more widespread acceptance, it make sense to ensure that players using Bitcoin are able to benefit from the same sort of assurances that players using traditional currencies have always enjoyed.

Therefore, it would seem that despite the challenges posed by the UK and other jurisdictions becoming regulated white markets, Malta looks set to stay ahead of the game, and will continue to be a respected and valued regulator as remote gaming moves into its next phase.


Experience, Strategy & Innovation at the Core – An Interview with Alan Brincat

Alan Brincat of Quasar Limited fills us in how the industry has changed since he first started and what other prospects are in sight for this growing company.

Alan Brincat is currently the Operations Director at Quasar Limited, where he contributes to the development of the business and products for & OVOCasino. com. His work is mainly focused on a strategic and innovation level, while also ensuring that both online casinos operate seamlessly.

With over seven years in this field, Alan has garnered considerable experience in online casinos, poker, and sportsbook betting, with a specialisation of the German market and other regulated territories such as Italy, France, and the UK.

“I was immediately drawn towards the novelty and appeal of the iGaming industry when it started to gain attraction in Malta.
I pursued studies in Management and Tourism, so my entry into this industry was not very relevant to my educational background. In fact, when I started working in the field back in 2010, the local skill pool was not fully developed as it is today.”


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But as with most industries, the climb to the top was not an easy one for Alan. “I had to start working my way up from the very bottom, but I was very fortunate to be surrounded by individuals that believed in my potential and wanted to invest in my growth. During my time working in iGaming, I have managed to work on most key aspects that make an online gaming operation successful, and I have to say that I enjoyed every challenge and never settled for ‘good enough’.”

The iGaming industry in Malta has come a long way since opening its doors a few years ago. And for Alan, who has seen it grow and change since landing his first job in it, can attest to this as well.

“Technology keeps on advancing at an exponential rate, and as our lives become even more digitalised, the market for online gambling continues to grow year on year. In fact, over the years I have seen an increase in competition that is being fuelled by the increasing demand and acceptance of the product. The reality is that we operate in a fast-changing landscape, particularly in terms of innovation, technology and regulation, which guarantees an interesting challenge for anyone that is interested in joining.”

For many individuals, it seems as though working for an iGaming company is a dream job, but getting on the first rung of the employment ladder may not be as straightforward as it seems. Alan has had his fair share of ups and downs when it came to entering this industry.

“Yes, it can be tough to break into certain roles with no industry experience, but this was always the case for any industry. I still remember back when iGaming was in its infancy, and the first recruitment consultant I turned to for a job said that I had no hope of making it into the industry. Perseverance is important, so my main advice is not to give up and to go for a role that you enjoy.”

The history of Quasar Limited

Quasar Limited is a gaming company based in Malta that aims at providing its clients a unique and outstanding experience. Offering a wide range of top quality games by cutting edge developers Novomatic, NetEnt, and EGT, players at Quasar are guaranteed a top notch playing environment.
This company operates a number of leading online casino brands, as well as a professional affiliate platform, excellent affiliate management, as well as a large selection of marketing tools, and much more.

 “Quasar Limited operates two leading online casino brands, and The company has grown from a relatively small and unknown start-up with very humble kitchen table beginnings, to one of the fastest growing on the market. I can attribute most of this success to the bold strategy taken by the founders to tap into the demand for popular land based games online, as well as the vision and early commitment towards the implementation of SEO.”

It is without a doubt that Quasar Limited has had a great journey from where it began to where it finds itself now. When asked about some of the most remarkable moments in the company’s history, Alan mentioned the fact that in 2014 the company was trusted to operate with premium Novomatic content in Germany, which to date remains one of its main USPs.
And when it comes to achievements, Quasar Limited is definitely on the right track. “It is safe to say that the daily figures that we see today are even more than what used to take us a month to achieve when I joined Quasar Limited 3 years ago!”

Alan Brincat – Operations Director at Quasar Limited

The Maltese influence on Quasar Limited and its company culture

There is something uniquely Maltese about Quasar Limited, from its founders to the great team of locals that have built some of the brands within Quasar. The loyalty and dedication expressed by the team at Quasar is impressive.

“The key success factor behind any company is without a doubt its people. We would not be where we are today if it wasn’t for the outstanding delivery of the team that bring the company’s vision to life. We operate with a very passionate team, where people are given the individualistic treatment that they deserve. This keeps operational overheads low, but also ensures that everyone is involved in the conversation and heard.”

When asked about the office culture at Quasar, Alan indicated that the company goes out of its way to organise regular company events throughout the year where everyone can unwind and build stronger relationships outside of the office environment.
“We invest a lot in celebrating outstanding work together, as we believe that this keeps the team united and motivated. Over the last few years, we have taken the whole team to places such
as Austria, Sicily, and Barcelona, and organised events such as track days and skiing trips. Quasar boasts a very low staff turnover levels, so much so that most of the employees that started with us still work here to this very day.”

Future perspectives for the company

Looking towards the future is a natural step for any successful company, and Alan Brincat was very clear about where Quasar was heading and which new technologies where on the company’s radar at the moment.
“We are currently working on developing a Big Data platform that is leveraging the cloud to feed self-service BI tools, and become a completely data-driven business. This will enable our data analysts and our business in general to receive insights in real-time so that we can take more informed decisions. Given that data gives us a complete view of our customer preferences, this will allow us to introduce personalisation to our products and improve our customer journey when using our products. Going forward, we would also like to capitalise on machine learning to take our personalisation to the next level.”

Quasar Limited’s success strategy

Another key brand by Quasar Limited is OVO Casino, which was conceived with the idea to target the affluent market. In fact, the company tried to recreate that luxury feeling that one would expect in a real-life casino to complement the strong, traditionally land based game offerings.
“We engaged a local design company to render the actual casino in 3D and built the product around it. As such, you can expect a chic, slick, and 1960s themed swinging casino with a strong emphasis on delivering a superior experience to high rollers. An engaging product and consistent service quality are imperative in an industry where competitors are just one click away.”


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And yet, the iGaming industry is a very competitive one, and shrinking profit margins through regulation and taxation continue to be persistent issues in companies. Alan is aware of these challenges, but he believes that when it comes to the end-user, Quasar is doing it right.
“We believe that effective retention marketing is a crucial aspect in extending customer
lifetime value. In order to achieve this, we spend a considerable amount of time designing and running innovative and engaging casino promotions. One of our most successful campaigns was The Big Race, during which we gave away VIP tickets to some of the most highly sought-after sport events, such as the Champions League Final, Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monaco, and two buy ins to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.”

Alan Brincat’s balance between work and private life

An interesting fact about Alan Brincat is that there is more than meets the eye than just the Operations Director of a successful iGaming company. He went from tending the bar at Ryan’s Pub to winning a prestigious poker tournament, catapulting his name in the poker scene to working in the industry. However, Alan feels that all the steps he took in the past have led him to where he is now.
“Interestingly enough, I feel that working behind a bar during my student days at university played a huge part in where I am today. I played some of my first hands of poker with friends that I made there, and eventually went on to winning a six – figure amount in the Battle of Malta. After graduating from my studies and spending some months pondering on my next steps, it was my employer who persuaded me to start looking for a full-time job. As luck would have it, I met an old school friend at Ryan’s who told me all about Betclic Everest Group, where I landed my first position.”

And with the University days behind him, Alan Brincat has now settled down and started his own family. In fact, this is quite a common occurrence for gaming folks that come to Malta for an extended period of time, where they end up settling in, getting married, or having kids. What seemed to be an industry that never sleeps is also maturing in Malta. Alan thinks that the current infrastructure in Malta is good enough to cater for the overall demands of C level executives that want to relocate to Malta.

“The quality of life in Malta is second to none, and the country also boasts several reputable international schools. Over the years, we have evolved into a knowledge hub for affiliates, providers, and operators alike. Malta also offers attractive corporate and personal tax incentives for C level executives wishing to relocate. The local regulator has a deep commercial understanding and is a responsive leader in the governance of the latest developments including e-Sports and Blockchain.”
Lastly, Alan thinks that it is all up to the individual to achieve that perfect balance in life, with the help of a great employer of course. “Having my own child has made me realise the importance of achieving an ideal work life balance, and that it can ultimately make employees happier and more productive. This is also something that Quasar takes firmly into consideration for employees that have families.”

Come for SiGMA, Stay for Malta

Enjoy the various activities of the Mediterranean paradise Malta – packed with a remarkable history, a breathtaking seaside and home to many iGaming companies

The Summit of iGaming in Malta or SiGMA will open October 2018.  Whether you are a South African online casino operator, affiliate, game developer, or otherwise connected to iGaming, this summit is a must.  In addition, there is a lot to do on a visit to Malta!

The most popular sites for tourists, aside from the beautiful beaches – which may be good for a sunset walk, but less welcoming for a dip in February – are the historical sites. They reflect Malta ’s history as a strategic set of islands centrally located in the Mediterranean.  Both the British and French ruled Malta, as did the Romans in their day.  The Moors controlled the islands for a short period and the islands were ruled alternatively by knights during the Crusades.

Take a Cruise

Malta is also a popular destination stop for Mediterranean cruises.  A one-day excursion may take travelers to the Saflieni Hypogeum, which is a fancy Latin name for a massive underground network of rooms and burial sites.

Look up for Birds

Malta is a major fly-over site for migratory birds.  A few hundred species of birds fly over the islands every year.  Unfortunately, February is a bit early for the next migration but, if you’re lucky, the weather will have been warm in Europe and the birds might start flying north a month early.

Nature Loves Malta

The Ghadira Nature Preserve may offer some good bird-watching but it also features many other exotic animal species.

Beautiful Churches

If you’re of a church-going mind, you might enjoy Sunday Mass in one of the many magnificent churches on the islands.  The Maltese are far more religious than mainland Europeans and church attendance is still high.  Even if you prefer not to attend Sunday Mass, we recommend a tour of St. John’s cathedral.  There are two wonderful paintings by Caravaggio on display in the cathedral.


Wine has recently become much appreciated by the people of Malta.  Tourists can enjoy many different wines at the many wine bars that have popped up in the last few years.

Walking Tours

One of the best ways to see Malta is through a walking tour. Private tours are quite expensive but group tours are reasonably priced and just as good.  You can get a group tour of many locales on the islands.  You’ll be tempted to take a full day or half day tour but the summit is the reason you’re in Malta so take one of the shorter tours.  You won’t be disappointed.

Heritage Trails

The best known is the Xemxija Heritage Trail.  It boasts caves and catacombs amongst other attractions.  A clear day in February is just about the best time of the year to explore this trail.  It’s a difficult walk at times with some steeps climbs but you can always go in as far as you can and turn around.


The immortal movie The Maltese Falcon (which was based on an equally great book of the same name) is so named because falconry has long been a major part of Maltese culture.  The Malta Falconry Centre is the most accessible to most locations on the island.  The guides offer excellent tours.  This is another perfect short activity you can do whilst keeping your close attention on the summit.


It shouldn’t come as a surprise that in addition to being the leading certifying agency of your favourite online casino, Malta also has many land based casinos.


If you can arrive a day early, or stay a day longer, we strongly recommend a trip to Mdina.  This is a walled city that dates back, some say, as many as 4000 years ago.  Legend has it that St. Paul lived here.  The catacombs are named after him and are well worth a visit.  There are numerous museums in the church buildings and palaces.  You’ll need at least a full day to properly explore this ancient city.
Over the generations, the nobility of each ruling family lived here so the silent streets are lined with historical memories such as several palaces.  Every building in Mdina has historical significance.

Malta, the Underappreciated Destination

We feel strongly that after you visit Malta for SiGMA, you’ll want to come back for everything that Malta has to offer and that you didn’t have time to see or do.