CHOGM 2015 task force led by PM’s friend Phyllis Muscat asked hotels for kickbacks on delegate bookings

Published: May 3, 2017 at 3:12pm

An email leaked to this website and dated April two years ago (see below) shows that the task force set up by the Prime Minister to organise the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta that year asked the hotels for kickbacks – euphemistically described as “commission” – on hotel bookings for delegates.

The email, which the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association circulated to its hotel members, describes a meeting which the MHRA representatives had with the CHOGM task force on the subject of hotel bookings, and says:

“We have been informed that the task force will be requesting a commission and we would like to emphasise that each member is free to negotiate the respective commission to be given directly with the CHOGM Task Force.”

Phyllis Muscat with Keith Schembri at a pre-CHOGM meeting in London.