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Malta Facts About The Maltese Islands Malta Overview Location , Size & History Malta lies in the central Mediterranean sea, 93 km South of Sicily and 290 km from North Africa. The Maltese Archipelago consists of three main islands – Malta , Gozo and Comino , as well as two small uninhabited islands, Comminotto & Filfla. Malta’s land area is just 316 sq km ( approx 20% the size of London), and the coastline is 140 km. Gozo the 2nd largest island is 67.1sq.km The largest city is Valletta , which is also the nation’s capital. Through the melting pot of cultural influences , the Maltese language evolved as the national language together with English . The Maltese islands are so rich in History , spreading from the prehistoric era right up to the present day. It is said that the first settlers arrived in Malta & Gozo 5000BC from Sicily. Malta Overview Population & Culture The population of Malta is estimated to be above 405,000. The Maltese people are mainly descendants of ancient Phoenicians and Carthaginians who originally settled the islands . The Maltese culture and heritage reflects the cultures of the peoples who occupied the Island, namely the British, Italians French and Arabs. The country is one of the most urban & densely populated nations in the World. Malta’s population density is 1,160 people per square kilometre compared to the U.K. is 246 people per square kilometre Malta Overview Climate & Terrain Malta’s weather and climate are strongly influenced by the Sea and have a very characteristic Mediterranean flavour , with hot dry summers , warm and sporadically wet autumns and short cool winters. Total annual rainfall of about 600 millimetres between October & March. Temperatures in Malta are very stable , the annual mean being 18 degrees C. With a low of 12 degrees Celsius in Winter and a high of 35 Degrees C. in Summer Malta has no mountains or rivers. The terrain is low and rocky with costal cliffs. The Maltese coastline consists of a number of bays, rocky coves , cliffs and a few sandy beaches . Only a very small percentage of the island is covered with woodland , just over 35% is arable land. Malta Overview Economy Malta has few Natural resources. 80% of its food staff is imported, as most of its energy needs. Malta’s economy is based on Services and the export of manufactured products. Tourism is the mainstay of the Maltese economy. Financial services and I.C.T. are fast growing economic segments. Ship repair and manufacturing constitute the country’s third industrial sector. Agriculture in Malta remains only a small fraction of its economy . Malta Overview Tourism Tourism in Malta is the strongest pillar of the Maltese Economy. About a third of the jobs in the archipelago are related to tourism. Tourism directly contributes to Malta’s GDP ( 25% ) , and has a high multiplier effect on the rest of the economy, . The number of tourists arriving in Malta averages 1,100,000 +/- per annum. Despite a decline following September 2001 , we are only now recovering from this downfall , and this year has been one of the best years . Impact of Tourism On the Maltese Environment Increase in Demand for building of Accommodation, notably hotels and Apartments has increased at a rapid rate. Increase in waste products, and the load on the sewage network . Increase in demand on limited water resources – pools, water features, Landscaping and showers Increase in Energy demand – lighting , air-conditioning , pumping of water, heating of water. Increased use of environmentally detrimental products , such as plastic containers and emissions of toxic gasses from vehicles etc. The Radisson SAS Golden Sands Resort & Spa The Radisson SAS Golden Sands Resort & Spa Brief … A 5 Star property which opened its doors in September 2005 Has a total of 337 Rooms with ample FB & leisure facilities Located in the Northern part of the Island Serves an average of 650 meals a day. The maximum bed nights was 1150 in peak season. Is owned by Island Hotels Group Ltd Malta and operates under a franchise agreement with Rezidor Employs 242 Full time and 98 Part timers The Radisson SAS Golden Sands Resort & Spa Environmental Policy & Strategy “ Offerthe best possible service to our guests whilst respecting the environment and possibly improving the immediate surroundings. ” Island Hotels Group Business (RB) “ Responsible is a way of doing business where one incorporates economic , social and environmental issues into all decision –making processes” Rezidor Responsible Business The Radisson SAS Golden Sands Resort & Spa Environmental Friendly Practices ….. Initiatives & Best Practices within our Resort Operation Towel Card system whereby towels for use of pool facilities and gym are handed out when required by clients , thus reducing unnecessary usage of pool/spa towels Encouraging Guests to drink tap water rather than bottled water , thus reducing shipping of bottled water , plastic & glass Guests are notified about the replacement of Bathroom towels - in tub for the wash , hung up do not replace The Radisson SAS Golden Sands Resort & Spa Environmental Friendly Practices ….. Initiatives & Best Practices within our Resort Operation Sheet Changing .. Guests are notified if they want there sheets changed daily or participate in bottom sheet to wash, top sheet to bottom system Replacement of Guest amenities only when finished Actively participate in Corporate Rezidor “Responsible Business” RB programme. Submitting energy , water, waste generation thus enabling us to benchmark our performance against other hotels & encouraging us to continuously improve Sharing of our experience through RB best practices database allowing other hotels to learn from our practices The Radisson SAS Golden Sands Resort & Spa Environmental Friendly Practices ….. Initiatives & Best Practices within our Resort Operation Paper & glass bottles are collected for re-use . Used batteries are collected for proper disposal. Paper for internal use is unbleached and recycled. Water reducing devices are fitted throughout the property Non glass cups and garbage bags are made from biodegradable material Suppliers that deliver goods in environmentally packaging are given preference Extensive use of e-mail within offices – paper free The Radisson SAS Golden Sands Resort & Spa Environmental Friendly Practices ….. Initiatives & Best Practices within our Resort Operation Potable water is produced on site through our own Reverse Osmosis system Resort has own sewage treatment plant . Black waste is treated to produce 2nd class water. Excess of this water is donated to the local Parks Dept. to be used for irrigation. Resort has one of the latest Building Management Systems , enabling us to monitor and control various systems and items of plant. The Radisson SAS Golden Sands Resort & Spa Environmental Friendly Practices ….. Initiatives & Best Practices within our Resort Operation Use of local & ecological products within the resort FB outlets One of our restaurants purchases only organically grown food Employing immigrants and other people who have difficulty in finding jobs . Give preference to people who are physically challenged when recruiting for specific jobs. Donate redundant items to homes and charitable institutions Sponsors one Local Heritage site in Malta through Heritage Malta , 1€ is added to guest bill through way of information The Radisson SAS Golden Sands Resort & Spa Environmental Considerations At Planning & Design stage During Construction Daily Operations Future Developments Golden Sands Environmental Considerations The Various Stages Planning and Design Construction Operations Future Developments Architectural Large Balconies Façade Frames Fabricated shades Roof Insulation Wall Finish and Colour Double Glazing Tinted Glass Mechanical & Electrical Pipe materials chosen were: • PVC for first class water • CPVC for hot water Pipe materials • PE for second class water Pipe insulation These materials offer: Balcony door switches •These switchesincontrol both • Low friction coefficient lighting and AC rooms. Reed switches were fitted on Key card switches • Good thermal insulation •They are operated by a chip balcony doors. All pipesinserted in the to or which that is transporting hot • High resistance card Inverters cold fluids were insulated to the also opens the main door of corrosion •Improve start up characteristics reduce energy requirements apartment. •Improve the P.F. •The card readers were •Better load speed relationship developed locally Variable Refrigerant Flow AC Units More efficient: • Multi motor / compressor • Compressor speed control • Refrigerant R 410A • Direct cooling / heating • Better control • Room temperature control Operations: BUILDING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (BMS) Facilitates: Monitoring Control Systems Managed by BMS are: Air Conditioning Room & Corridor Lighting Landscape Lighting Hot water Irrigation System Reverse Osmosis Sewage Treatment Pools Water •5 Water Reservoirs •2 Reverse Osmosis Plants •2 Sewage Treatment Plants Nature and History Park in the North-West of Malta Nature and History Park in the North-West of Malta General Information • The Heritage Park spans ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa (Golden Bay) to Il-Prajjiet (Anchor Bay). Nature & History Area Park (Km2) Total Area Approximately 5 times the2.60 of size Valletta. Ecological Importance The area includes a wide variety of endemic and/or threatened species and habitats, including: Rdum and maritime habitats with the endemic Maltese Rock-Centaury. Clay slopes, with the rare Fagonia. Garigue communities , based upon Mediterranean Thyme and various orchids. Rock pools, with many species, most of which are endemic or of restricted Mediterranean distribution. Archaeological Sites There are more than one hundred archaeological sites in the area including: 1.Rock Cut Chambers 2.Corbelled Huts 3.Cart Ruts The Need to Manage The Special Area of Conservation is subject to a variety of human activities that may result in negative impacts on natural habitats and species. uncontrolled access into the site tourism and recreational developments and activities the natural process of erosion These activities will be tackled by the management plan. The proposals will benefit a number of users including schoolchildren, the general public, the environment and the tourism sector. Benefits Rural Environment conservation and restoration of rubble walls and historic sites restoration of degraded habitats dark sky heritage / light pollution ground water protection Benefits Visitor Management The management of parking Health and safety precautions Management of swimming zones/beaches Countryside Trails BLUE FLAG Heritage Trails – including archaeological and Historical features Environment / Ecological Trails Horse Riding Trails Benefits Education Experience Educational facilities for all ages – e.g. Interpretation Centre Experience in real life for school children Interactive web-site as a source of information Opportunities for climbing, abseiling and cycling activities Picnic areas Landscape Appreciation Management The Government will set up a Management Board that shall be constituted from a number of stakeholders. The role of the Management Board shall be to formulate and progress the revision of the Management Plan. The Government does not exclude extending the area in the future. The letter of intent signifies that it is the intention of the Government to sign a management agreement by virtue of which Nature Trust and Din l-Art Helwa will be entrusted with the management of the Nature and History Park. Nature and History Park in the North-West of Malta THANK YOU THANKYOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION We hope that you enjoyed this presentation. We look forward to being able to host you in MALTA and at Radisson SAS Golden Sands Resort and Spa.
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