The Malta Independent 4 August 2020, Tuesday

Watch: Valletta Waterfront gets a €2 million face lift

Thursday, 9 July 2020, 14:25 Last update: about 26 days ago

A €2 million investment was made into the Valletta Waterfront with structures of new modern, practical and advanced tent structures, which provide a fresher look to the waterfront, being built.

The tents, which are equipped with the latest technology, have a simple and modern style, whilst respecting the historical aspect of the Valletta Waterfront, which dates back over 270 years.

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Tourism Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli, who was present at the inauguration of the new tents, explained that the €2 million investment will surely have an impact and offer a better first impression to the thousands of tourists who arrive in Valletta via cruise liners.

She also praised all the businesses that were able to take on the challenge of strengthening their business further after the coronavirus pandemic. Similar to other retail outlets and restaurants that had to close due to COVID-19, the Valletta Waterfront lacked any form of business during the previous months. Now, such businesses have begun operating once more under the new protocols and guidelines.

“The determination you find yourself in due to the situation brought about by COVID-19 has promoted everyone involved to take on the challenge. Since the Valletta Cruise Port took on the responsibility of the Waterfront back in 2002, there was an investment of around €30 million to make the place what it is today,” Farrugia Portelli said.

In 2019, it was estimated that 900,000 passengers passed through the Valletta Waterfront, which is an increase of 27% when compared to the previous year and 83% when compared to 2010.

The Valletta Cruise Port CEO Stephen Xuereb said that over the past few years, architects and restaurant owners all came together to develop a situation that addressed the practical needs for an outdoor relaxation destination.

“While respecting the historical aesthetic values of the place, we remain focused on providing a high-quality experience for our clients, both locally and foreign”, he said.

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