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There have been impressive increases in the number of Greek visitors to the island republic of Malta<.>…

There have been impressive increases in the number of Greek visitors to the island republic of Malta<.>. A 45% rise in tourist traffic from Greece was recorded during 1999 over the previous year. Over 9,000 made the trip from Athens, via Air Malta, which operates four times a week during season. Plus one weekly plane from Thessaloniki during summertime.

Dino Frantzeskakis, director of Discover the World Marketing, which is the GSA for Air Malta and the Tourist Office of Malta in Greece, believes that Greeks 'have only just begun to discover Malta'.

Trips are also a bargain with package prices for a three night 'break' in Malta reasonably priced at between 80,000 and 100,000 drs. per person, depending on choice of the hotel. The price is all-inclusive, with air transportation, transfers, three nights at half board and various tours.

The tours include the medieval city of Valleta with its remnants of the famed Knights of Malta, the internationally famed glass factory in Medina, plus a full day exploring the island of Gozo.

There is optimism for tourism in the future, with Air Malta renting space at the new Spata International Airport, with the notion of establishing a hub.

Malta, comprised of three islands, with a total of 122 square miles and with its population of some 350,000, gets some two million tourist overall a year, primarily from Europe. Traffic is growing at such a pace that the Maltese Government is opening an embassy in Athens.

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