Third Interregional Partner & Study Visit in Malta under the DETOCS project

In the period of 15th – 16th of May 2024 the Third partners’ meeting and experience exchanging event of the project „DEcarbonising the TOurism Industry Post Covid-19 Support (DETOCS)“, co-funded by the Interreg Europe Programme 2021-2027, took place in Sliema, Malta.

On the 15th of May, the meeting started with a review by Partner University of Malta on the results obtained through the Eisenhower Matrix analysis. Then each of the partners presented the weaknesses in the touristic sector identified in the previous months through joint working groups with stakeholders. Such weaknesses were also presented for the Municipality of Burgas, the pilot region of the DETOCS project from Bulgaria.

In the afternoon, several visits to tourist sites in Malta were organized to present good practices in the field of sustainable and ecological tourism.

One of these sites was The Mulberries Wellbeing Chateau. The place is small-scale (19 rooms), and has an intelligent water management system. It also has a solar-thermal water heating system and the presence of its inhouse seasonal vegetation and local produce. In the future, it is expected to increase solar panels for indoor pool heating and install energy data logging systems.

The second site that the partners visited was Hilton Malta. This location is medium sized and has an efficient heating and cooling sea water system. For future projects, the following themes have been identified: ‘Increase solar film installation’, ‘Increase water meter data logging systems’, ‘PV panel Installation’, ‘Shift to 100% heat pump/chiller water heating’ and ‘Shift to IE5 motors’.

The third tourist site was the Embassy Valletta Hotel. During the visit to the hotel, the partners viewed an intelligent water management system as in the other two sites, eco-friendly detergents and toiletries, and an efficient heating system. The hotel’s future projects focus on creating a solar thermal system to heat an outdoor pool and installing energy data logging systems.

On the 16th of May two good practices from each country were presented, including those coming from the region of Burgas and the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Then, the partnership meeting continued with the discussion of the steps related to the overall implementation of the DETOCS project – project activities, deadlines, reporting procedures and communication activities.

Presentations from the event: