Tourist Information

View of Sliema, Malta from Google Maps

Sliema is a major tourism spot on the northeastern coast of the beautiful island of Malta. Visitors here will find an abundance of relaxing holiday activities available, as well as restaurants, shopping and nightlife. In recent years the town has experienced significant growth, with modern villas and apartments abounding as well as one of Malta’s best hotels.

Visitors can therefore enjoy fine shopping and dining as part of their stay here. There is also plentiful opportunity for relaxing beach activities such as an idyllic cruse, or water sports such as snorkeling and diving.

The Church in Sliema

Another draw-card for those interested in architecture and history is the Stella Maris Church, otherwise known as the Mother Parish Church of Tas-Selima, which dates from 1878. Initially approved for construction under the condition that it was dedicated to the apostle Paul, locals pushed to have it dedicated to their adopted patroness ‘Our Lady Star of the Sea,’ and so it was.

New Healthcare Initiatives Set to Reshape Malta

Diet and obesity education is on the agenda in Malta in the wake of recent reports revealing the dire state of national health. Despite a World Health Organization ranking of fifth in the world when it comes to quality of healthcare, recent data shows that obesity levels in Malta are creating a bona fide crisis. “Malta’s obesity rate is amongst the worst in Europe and it is constantly increasing,” MP Robert Cutajar, shadow minister for youth and sport said. “We are currently spending around €19 million to tackle obesity-related health problems. The time has come to create a law that will deal with this problem.” The World Health Organization and the International Obesity Task Force have confirmed this assertion that the Maltese are among the heaviest within Europe as well as globally.

How Bad Is It?

According to a study published in the Lancet medical journal last year, 74% of Maltese men and 58% of Maltese women are either overweight or obese. Diet-related diseases account for 82 per cent of deaths in Malta, a figure which clearly indicates the dire need of a change in lifestyle, which is the main objective of the Food and Nutrition Policy and Action Plan launched in December 2014.

Tourist Attractions in Malta

It is quite impossible to list down all the details about every tourist spot and every activity to do in Malta. Malta may be a smaller country of Europe, but it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. From the language, to archaeological and historical paces, there are lots of places to visit which are thousands of years old. Malta is a stunning place of natural beauty and also one of the most agreeable climates in the Mediterranean. The climate in Malta is hot and dry in summer, with adequate rainfall, warm autumns, and cool winters (without frost or snow).

For those who want to get away from the busy life in the city to get lazy on the warm sand all day long without doing anything but relaxing, Malta is one recommended tourist attraction. You can laze in the sun on the sandy beaches in the morning and go out at night at a bar or disco until the wee hours in morning. You can go visit historical places and learn about the culture of the Maltese people. This one little island may be small in size, but it’s full of many artistic treasures!

Employment Trends

The recruitment market in Sliema is varied, depending on the type of employment. It does, however, remain quite active, especially in industries such as Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) and healthcare, where the demand for health professionals has increased over recent months.

• Hospitality and Sales- The majority of Maltese workers are employed as service workers and shop and sales workers. As a resort town, this is understandable, especially considering the number of hotels and tourist shops in the city. Annual earnings for hospitality staff range anywhere from 8,000 Euros, to 28, 000 Euros, with managers earning the most, and kitchen staff the least. Those in sales can earn slightly more, with annual wages ranging from 12,000 Euros for a sales rep, to 35,000 Euros for account managers and marketing managers.

• Healthcare workers, including doctors, nurses, and therapists, are in high demand. Depending on qualifications and experience, doctors can earn between 18,555 and 27,764 Euros; nurses between 14,000 and 25,000 Euros. Detailed information on some less common healthcare wages, such as the ultrasound technician salary data which can be easily found on a US website, is conversely sparse within Europe. Other specialists range from 18,000 Euros for a speech or physical therapist, up to 60,000 for a general practitioner.