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The seventh edition of the MTA Malta Tourism Press Awards was held on Thursday 9th June at the recently restored historic Fort St Angelo in Vittoriosa. The Hon Minister for Tourism Dr. Edward Zammit Lewis opened proceedings with a welcome address and the awards were presented by Mr Paul Bugeja, Chief Executive Officer, Mr Leslie Vella, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Mr Carlo Micallef, Chief Marketing Officer and Mr Michael Piscopo, Director Communications & Digital Media. 

The main objective of the awards is to honour journalists, TV producers and photographers from all over the world, whose work, published during 2015, contributed to the promotion and enhancement of tourism to the Maltese Islands. During 2015 MTA hosted over 400 journalists from a wide range of International media. It is estimated that the combined media exposure generated around the globe by these journalists has a value of more than 90 million euro. 

The committee tasked with selecting the best amongst the various articles, reportages and programmes of 2015 was composed of representatives from MTA, the Malta Hotels & Restaurants Association, the guiding community and Maltese academia. 

The winners of the six categories of the awards were the following: 

1. Magazine Article Category – Ms Dana Facaros – The Sunday Times Magazine – “Malta Tease” 

2. Newspaper Article Category –. Ms Yvonne Gordon – The Irish Independent – “Escape to Gozo” 

3. Digital Media Category- Ms Bérénice Debras – - “Escales à La Valette, à Mdina et à Gozo: On part à Malte” 

4. MICE Article Category – Mr Stefan Senn – EventEmotion – « Ein Archipel geizt nicht mit seinen Reizen” 

5. Photography Reportage Category – Ms Yoko Suzuki – Act4 – “Malta The Magic of Baroque” 

6. Television Documentary Category – Ms Simona Stoppa – DoveTV/Sky Italia – « Malta Dove l’Arte Va In Scena – L’Arcipelago Delle Meraviglie »

In his closing remarks, MTA CEO, Mr Paul Bugeja thanked all those who assist the MTA to host journalists on the Maltese Islands, including Air Malta and other airlines, Heritage Malta, visitor attractions, hotels and restaurants, tourist guides, and many others. Mr Bugeja also thanked the foreign journalists for generating such magnificent exposure of our Islands and the selection committee for their hard work. He concluded by thanking everyone at the MTA, in particular the Marketing Directorate responsible for coordinating press trips to Malta.

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