The Mediterranean is home to one of the most visited tourist destination, Malta. Whether modest or luxury holidays to Malta, visitors will surely be happy with their experience. The archipelagic republic has a yearly tourist of volume of 1.2 million visitors, and that number is still going up. By the time the peak season rolls in, the number of tourists is three times more than that of the locals. Luxury hotels, white and golden sand beaches, and other tourist facilities that are at par with high-class destinations are what helped spark the increase in tourists every year.
Recently, Malta has promoted itself as a medical tourism destination. The region is pretty serious on this, and even private health providers are giving a hand in developing the industry. Supporters of medical tourism are mostly from Britain. However, the Malta tourism board is also marketing the region to the US, Far East, and Latin America.
The transportation system in Malta is one other reason it has become a popular tourist destination. Indeed, for a considerably small archipelago, Malta has one of the best and most effective transportation systems in the world.
* Malta’s road network is extensive. There are about 2,254 kilometers of roads in the whole island. The majority of it, around 1,972 kilometers, is paved. The rest are unpaved, but they can still be travelled upon by off-road vehicles.
* Putting the size of the whole island into consideration, the number of people owning a car in the island is considerably high. Car ownership in the island ranked as the fourth highest in the entire European Union. In 1990, registered cars in the whole island totalled a whopping 180,000 and it continues to grow year after year. What this means is that there are about 582 cars per square kilometre.
* Touring the whole island is one easy feat. One can ride the bus, the primary means of public transportation. Bus lines were established in 1905 and undertook a massive reform and rehabilitation in 2011. Self-employed drivers who were then driving their own vehicles were offered to drive for a single company via a public tender. Arriva Malta was the public tender and is now the island’s primary bus operator. Arriva has a large fleet of 264 ultramodern buses. There are also two smaller buses operated by Arriva that are meant for intra-Valleta routes. These buses run 24 hours a day.
* Malta once had a railway that connected Mtarfa and Valletta via Mdina between 1883 and 1931. Following the introduction of modern electric trams and buses, the railway eventually closed. The railway hasn’t been in operation even before World War 2, and the rails have long since been dismantled.
* The Malta International Airport serves as an air hub in the entire island as tourists coming from other countries land there. The tarmac was built over a Royal Ari Force base during The Second World War. In 2006, a heliport was dismantled which was in proximity to the entire air strip. The heliport is now found in Xewkija. Furthermore, two smaller airfields that serve as terminals for small, private aircraft existed; today, they’re closed. The Ta’ Quali, one of the smaller airfields, now houses a stadium, a national park, and the Malta Aviation Museum. For aircraft enthusiasts, the museum is haven, complete with real Hurricanes, Spitfires, and other World War 2 aircraft.
* There are three large harbours on the main island, all natural thanks to Malta’s unique location. First, the Grand Harbor features a cruise ship terminal and an extensive number of docks. Second, the Marxsamxett Harbor features a number of marinas for personal yachts. Lastly, the Marsaxlokk Harbor handles cargo ships.
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