The MTA’s STAR Awards are Back!

The MTA’s STAR Awards are Back!

The STAR (Special Thanks And Recognition Awards) are back, after a two year hiatus. Through these awards, the Malta Tourism Authority is encouraging all tourists, visitors, and locals to submit their nominations to deserving people that offer outstanding service and who work directly or even indirectly within the tourism industry.

Anyone can be nominated for a STAR AWARD. All guests, whether tourists or locals can submit their nominations based on their experiences in relation to individuals who work in the tourism sector.

Nomination forms can be found at Tourist Information Offices, the arrivals lounge at the Malta International Airport, hotels, restaurants, diving centres, museums, transport operators & visitor attraction sites. Nominations can also be accessed and submitted online from or by scanning the QR code on the nomination form itself.

Along with the STAR AWARD nominations, Hotel Management can nominate one employee for the Hotel Worker of the Year Award. The ideal candidate could be a member of staff who not only offers outstanding service to hotel guests, but also shows initiative and anticipates guest expectations with honesty, efficiency and creativity. Businesses & hotel management are highly encouraged to participate in the STAR AWARDS as such contribution would acknowledge and promote service excellence across the tourism industry.

“Human resources are the most important asset of Malta’s tourism industry. Hospitality is a characteristic ingrained in Maltese culture and we have no intention of stopping here. In the coming months, the Government will continue working hard to attract more people in pursuing a career in such a hardworking yet rewarding sector,” outlined Minister for Tourism Hon. Clayton Bartolo. 

Mr. Carlo Micallef, Chief Executive Officer of Malta Tourism Authority also noted that, “The STAR awards offer the best opportunity to our passionate and resilient tourism frontliners to shine and receive the commendation they deserve. By nominating these workers, the tourism workforce would be encouraged to continue excelling in the provision of high-quality service, exceptional hospitality, culminating in an unforgettable experience to our tourists and residents alike. The service given by all those who work in the hospitality industry is a very important component in the long-term strategy which we have set out for the Maltese Tourism Industry – a strategy which seeks to Recover, Rethink and Revitalise the sector, from now until 2030.”

Winners for the STAR AWARDS will be selected according to the highest number of valid nominations per category (e.g. tour guide, shop assistant, taxi driver, etc). In the meantime, the STAR Committee will evaluate each nomination for the Hotel Worker of the Year to determine the deserving winner. Winners will receive a trophy, a certificate, and a monetary gift, in a ceremony which is scheduled to be held in February 2023.

There are also interesting prizes up for grabs for those who nominate in this year’s edition of the Star Awards.

More information on how to participate is available on