Luxury Malta Resort to Host Summit Attended by Queen Elizabeth II And Over 50 Heads of State

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Queen Elizabeth II, along with Presidents and Prime Ministers from 53 Commonwealth countries from around the world, will be attending the 2005 Common Wealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) Summit in Malta under the theme Â?Networking the Commonwealth for DevelopmentÂ?.

The event, which is due to take place between Friday 25th and Sunday 27th November 2005, is a chance for the leaders of these countries to meet and discuss issues relevant to them all. The resulting programmes and schemes are designed to benefit the people who live in the diverse member countries of the Commonwealth.

This international forum is, according to CHOGM 2005 Task Force, underpinned with the fundamental objective of “reaching common positions through consensus as equals. Democracy, racial equality, the disparity in technology between rich and poor countries, conflict resolution, cultural diversity, education, economic growth, scientific development and access to modern technology generally lie at the heart of the discussions and a communiqué of mandates and policies is issued at the end of each CHOGM."

The host country, Malta, is said to be delighted with the decision to hold the Summit there and the Secretary-General announced that the Commonwealth Secretariat is working closely with the Maltese Government to ensure the event runs smoothly and successfully: “I am confident that this meeting will be another historic Commonwealth event. It will be 12 years since a small state last hosted a CHOGM and I am looking forward to a Summit which delivers concrete outcomes for all Commonwealth citizens."

The Maltese Prime Minister, Dr Lawrence Gonzi, was also pleased at the choice of venue saying: “The Government and people of Malta look forward to welcoming Commonwealth leaders to our country. This Summit will allow us to further strengthen the Commonwealth's political, social, developmental and economic programmes."

The summit has previously been held in a number of Commonwealth countries including Nigeria (2003), Australia (2002), South Africa (1999), the United Kingdom (1997), New Zealand (1995), Cyprus (1993), Zimbabwe (1991), Malaysia (1989), Canada (1987), the Bahamas (1985), India (1983), Australia (1981), Zambia (1979), the United Kingdom (1977), Jamaica (1975), Canada (1973) and Singapore (1971).

Whilst the Summit is a serious and official affair, it is common for the heads of government to leave behind most of their entourage and the media and interact in a more informal environment. The actual venue that has been chosen for this year’s gathering is the super luxurious Radisson SAS Golden Sands Resort and Spa in Ghajn Tuffieha. The hotel has been booked for the whole week in November and security experts are already putting systems in place to ensure the absolute safety of the V.I.P. guests.

The Radisson SAS Golden Sands Resort and Spa is due to open in the next few months and this contract is felt to be a major coup for the Islands Hotels Group. The resort consists of three towers which have already taken shape – Sunset Tower is complete and one story every four weeks is being added to the remaining two. Director of Operations, Winston J Zahra, is confident that the development will be ready for the coming summer.

Accommodation at the hotel will be the most luxurious in Malta, consisting mainly of suites and penthouses, offering stunning views over Golden Sands, Ghajn Tuffieha and across the hills of the countryside beyond. “The view is arguably the most breathtaking in Malta. It showcases the best of Maltese landscape”, Mr Zahra enthused.

The grounds of the complex are undergoing the same meticulous attention to detail as the interior. The lagoon pool is, at 90 metres, the largest on the island and is surrounded by acres of sun terrace. There will also be turfed areas, some 500 mature trees and over 10,000 shrubs due to arrive next month.

The facilities are second to none and include a 1000 square-metre spa that will offer over 100 different treatments. There is also an indoor pool, beauty centre and gymnasium.

To learn more about the beautiful island of Malta please visit: http://www.maltaresorts.com. While visiting this site, you can register to win a free holiday to the luxurious Radisson SAS Golden Sands Resort and Spa.

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