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New kids on the block!

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OSM is getting bigger and stronger!

5 new people have recently joined the OSM dream team to bring the total of OSMers to a whooping 14 people. Here is the low-down of who is who:

Daphne Grech Cumbo (Sales & Marketing Manager)

Graduated in Hospitality Management from the Institute of Tourism Studies, Daphne went on to obtain a Degree in Tourism from the University of Malta. She joined the DMC world in 2004 and hasn’t looked back since! Besides from the native tongue Maltese, Daphne also speaks French, Spanish, Italian and English. Her passion for the Maltese Islands shines through with her acquired marketing skills, and her love for the challenging world of organising events!

Frida Palovaara (Conference & Incentive Co-ordinator)

Frida was born in Sweden and came to Malta after having travelled extensively and also lived and worked in England and Spain. Studying Society, Tourism and Cultural programmes, while working in the event and F&B business, broadened Frida’s horizons, to the point where she knows what the Scandinavians want for their programmes in Malta, while speaking her native Swedish, as well as English, adds that personal touch. Her creativity and passion for being outdoors, shine through her work, from the first contact with the client, to the actual days of the event.

Andrea Bonello (Project Manager)

Andrea joined On Site Malta from within the hospitality industry. Having graduated in Hotel Management at the Institute of Tourism Studies and completed a year’s internship in Ireland, as part of his studies, provided Andrea with firsthand knowledge of hotel operations and logistics.  Previously working in a 5 star hotel in Malta, broadened Andrea’s work experience to include events coordination and logistics planning for corporate, leisure and MICE groups. With a keen eye to detail and a hands-on approach for operations and logistics, Andrea is an asset to the OSM team, in handling projects and events.

Elaine Bugeja (Project Manager)

Elaine joined On Site Malta straight out of television production. Her background included the production of discussion programmes and documentaries where she was responsible for the content and all logistics for broadcasting. She has also managed various projects including award ceremonies and fund raising events and also worked in marketing and advertising, both locally and in the UK. With her excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and positive energy, Elaine is surely an asset to the operational area of the company.

Julian Pillow (Project Manager)

Julian joined On Site Malta after a 10 year background within the hospitality industry, in front office and events. Having worked mainly in Malta, Julian’s previous posts in leading brand hotels, allowed him to experience working in Ireland and Italy, therefore gaining firsthand knowledge of foreign markets. His last post before joining the team at On Site was as Events Manager in one of Malta’s 5 star hotels and was mainly responsible for handling MICE related operations. Julian studied at the Institute of Tourism Studies in Malta, which provided a broad overview of the tourism industry in Malta. With a warm welcoming smile and attention to detail, Julian will ensure that any client’s event in Malta is a successful operation!

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The Django World Music Festival

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Django World Music Festival

On Site Malta has been entrusted by the Embassy of Belgium to organise the 1st Django World Music Festival. The festival will take place between the 9th and 11th November at the Malta National Archaeology Museum in Valletta.

The programme for the event is as follows:

Thursday 9 December 2010 (Day 1)
Belgian Opening Concert at L’Auberge de Provence (National Museum of Archaelogy, Republic Street, Valletta)
19:30: Opening of the doors
20:15: Seating
20:30 Koen De Cauter & his family band (Belgium)
21:30: Philip Catherine & his Trio (Belgium)
Friday 10 December 2010 (Day 2)
19:00: Ro Gebhardt`s Intercontinental (Germany
20:30: The Diknu Schneeberger Trio (Austria)
21:30: The Nile Band for Egyptian Music Group (Egypt)
Saturday 11 December 2010 (Day 3)
14:00: The Nile Band for Egyptian Music Group (Egypt)
15:00: Ci Dè Déssé Swing (Japan)
16:00: Conservatorio Statale di Musica « Vincenzo Bellini », Palermo (Italy)
17:00 : Ruben Zahra & Nafra Folk Ensemble (Malta)
18:30: Charles Gatt Trio (Malta)
20:30: The Barbaros Erköse Ensemble (Turkey)
21:30: The Christophe Astolfi Swingtet (Belgium)

Tickets are at €10.00 per day

Ticket Hotline: 99990414

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Donating €5,000 to Malta Community Chest Fund

2010 was relatively a year of celebration for this DMC, with organising the largest conference to ever be held in Malta; the Oriflame Gold Conference, which saw 4,200 delegates on a 6 day conference on the islands, to celebrating the 10th anniversary of the agency’s operations.

The end of November saw the company completing their very successful end of year, with a donation to the Malta Community Chest Fund, making it truly a year to remember.

Paul Selis, director of On Site Malta remarked that there is nothing better than giving back and what better way to do so than by giving a helping hand to Malta’s largest Charity Organisation that helps so many people and other organisations throughout the year.

As part of its efforts towards Corporate Social Responsibility, On Site Malta has embarked on a new initiative, which will see a donation of Eur1.00 for every delegate attending a Conference or Incentive through the company.

‘The size and magnitude of the Oriflame Gold Conference has generated a considerable amount of work from different areas and industries in the Maltese Islands – naturally we couldn’t have a better platform from where to launch this new initiative’, said Selis.

To commemorate the start of this yearly initiative, Paul Selis and the whole team at On Site Malta met His Excellency, the President of Malta, Dr. George Abela, on Monday 22nd November 2010, at The Palace in Valletta. Together they presented him with a cheque of €5,000, which is the rounded figure of delegates that participated in the Oriflame Gold Conference in the Summer of 2010, in aid of The Malta Community Chest Fund.

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On Site Malta featured on the TW Magazine

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The popular TW TagungsWirtschaft Magazine has featured the Oriflame Gold Conference 2010 held in Malta in the October issue.

You can view the On Site Malta feature by following this link:

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Swedish cosmetics giant Oriflame has opted for Malta to host its 2010 Gold Conference.

The destination was awarded the event after a last-minute bid from Maltese DMC On Site Malta. The conference, being held between August 29 and September 4, will be the largest business event ever held on the island, with more than 5,000 delegates staying in 13 hotels in St Julians, Valletta and Attard. The event will be held at the Granaries Square in Floriana, which is known for hosting the Isle of MTV festivals.  Oriflame hosts regular incentives to reward sales efforts. Its annual conference is held in a Mediterranean country each year, with previous destinations including Barcelona and Athens. On Site Malta director Paul Selis said: “Competitiveness in destination management is getting fiercer, especially because of the recession. Last year a representative of Oriflame Cosmetics asked On Site Malta to quote for the conference, and although we were late to bid, we thought that it was a good exercise to measure whether Malta is able to host such a conference.”
Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Mario de Marco, said the appointment was a positive step after a tough 2009 for the industry, with the conference and incentive sector hit particularly hard. “This means up to 35,000 bed nights for Malta,” he said. “It is a boost to our tourism industry, in particular the conference and incentive segment.”
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