Malta and Gozo feature in The Sun to over 650,000 readers.
One of Malta's true national symbols, the 5-star Hotel Phoenicia at the gates to Valletta was featured extensively on a double-page tabloid spread in The Scottish Sun newspaper last Saturday. Deputy News Editor and Travel Editor Heather Lowrie praised the islands saying, "Malta has culture and architecture in lorry loads."
The Scottish Sun, printed and published in Glasgow, is Scotland's leading tabloid newspaper reaching over 650,000 readers daily. It is published by the News Group Newspapers division of News UK, itself a wholly owned subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation..
Mrs. Lowrie said Malta was "an island exploding with history, culture, and warm, friendly people" and during her trip she visited Valletta, Mdina, Gozo and the Marsovin Winery, which she described as a "real must" visit, especially as the experience restored her faith in white wine, calling their La Torre Girgentina "a revelation". Hotel Phoenicia's kitchen garden and its flagship eatery Pegasus also came in for praise with Mrs. Lowrie saying, "It was definitely a highlight of our week here."
Built in 1939, Hotel Phoenicia was Malta’s first luxury hotel, giving it a wealth of history and a unique charm standing proudly within the Valletta bastions. Most of the 136 bedrooms and suites at Phoenicia have stunning panoramic views over the harbours, and are painstakingly designed and luxuriously comfortable. The hotel's 7.5 acre garden is unique and home to a kitchen garden that provides fresh produce for the hotel's restaurants. A ballroom and the oak-lined Club Bar stocked with over 40 malt and grain whiskies and featuring live jazz is also part of what Mrs. Lowrie called a "legendary" hotel.
Charles Azzopardi, Hotel Phoenicia's General Manager said, “We are delighted that Malta and Gozo were able to benefit from this timely extra publicity, we have to be focused on maintaining visitor experiences at this level going into the peak season. Mrs. Lowrie's perception that Malta and Gozo are ticking all the right boxes is comforting especially from such a seasoned and well-travelled journalist.”