Small though they are, the Islands of Malta – comprising Malta, Gozo and Comino – are certainly big in stature. Located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, the archipelago’s main island is Malta, but even though it measures just 27 kilometres by 15 kilometres, its ability to host world-class meetings is not to be underestimated.
Malta has, once again, secured the opportunity to showcase its meetings prowess having been awarded the 2015 Commonwealth Head of Governments Meeting (COHGM). The tiny island state stepped in after Mauritius pulled out of hosting the 2015 event marking the second time a country has welcomed the event in the past decade.
Malta first welcomed the Commonwealth in 2005, hosting 4,000 delegates from around the world at Ghajn Tuffieha on the northwest coast of the island. The total event cost US$8 million (EUR6 million), with US$1.15 million (EUR850,000) coming from private sponsors. However, the financial impact of the 2015 event is immeasurable when assessed against the value generated in terms of promotion and status.