Malta specialist, Belleair Holidays says that it is optimistic for a strong summer season next year.

The operator's CEO, Martin Zahra, said: “Summer 2014 has started off with some very strong sales and our prediction is that it is undoubtedly going to be good season as far as we’re concerned.”

The operator is hoping to build on the success of this year’s summer season, which saw figures remain steady following Air Malta’s sale of the company in September 2012 to SMS.

Zahra added that the positive sales for next year have been aided by the fact the operator now collaborates with a broader range of airlines, although it is still a preferred partner of Air Malta.

BA’s new four-times weekly service from Gatwick to Malta, which will commence operation on March 30, was also highlighted and the additional flights will consolidate the existing services to Malta from 19 regional UK airports.

New hotels for the summer season include the three-star Primera located in Bugibba, which leads in at £319 per person, including flights from Gatwick, seven nights’ breakfast accommodation, transfers and complimentary entry to an attraction.

Zahra said that agents are also able to offer their clients the Malta Pass through the company. The pass gives the user free entry into a range of Maltese attractions and discounts at a selection of restaurants and shops, with prices starting from £18 for one day.
He said: “We don’t just talk about being agent-friendly, we always have something that can add to the sale. We offer exclusives such as Dine Around, which is a card that enables the client to take the half-board at their hotel or other hotels participating in the scheme. For those clients who wish to dine at a higher category hotel using the card, they need only pay an additional small supplement.

"Promotions such as these, as well as the draw of free excursions on some early bookings and events such as the Isle of MTV concert, are having a positive effect on sales for next year’s summer programme. We are advocating early bookings as much as possible and has seen a positive response from the trade."

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