Dance Studies Association 2018 Conference
Contra: Dance & Conflict

July 5-8, 2018
University of Malta
Valletta, Malta

Travel and Accommodations


Please note that the conference is at the University of Malta’s Valletta campus, not the main campus in Msida.

Getting to Malta

As July is tourist season for Malta, you are encouraged to book your flight and accommodations as early as you can. The only airport in Malta is the Malta International Airport (airport code MLA). You may arrive at your accommodations via taxi, shuttle, or public or private transportation (see below).

Note: As of now, the most economic rates are available through, which also lists discount airlines (e.g., Air Malta and Ryan Air). If you are planning to spending more time in Europe, note that Malta can be flown to quite inexpensively from most major cities throughout Europe. US-based sites (such as Expedia and Travelocity) may be comparatively expensive.

Transportation from the airport and around Malta

From the airport: As you exit the departure area into the public area of the airport, you will see a taxi stand to your left (next to the HSBC ATM machine). Pay at the desk (around €18 to get to Valletta). Your hotel or host may also offer a shuttle service.

For the bus schedule, see here.

Public transportation busses run throughout Malta and costs €2 per trip (up to 2 hours with a ticket), or you may purchase a 7-day Explore Card. Note that this is the primary means of transportation for tourists in the summer, so buses can be crowded and irregular.

Ferries run regularly between Valletta and both Sliema and Birgu for €1.50 one-way and €2.80 round-trip.


Delegates are encouraged to reserve at the recommended accommodations due to traffic and parking in Malta. If you would like to find your own accommodations, you are recommended to 1) find accommodations in Valletta, 2) in an area accessible by a ferry to Valletta (close to Sliema Ferry or Birgu Ferry) or 3) in Floriana, a nearby area within walking distance. Please be aware that even a short distance can be a long trip in traffic at rush hour.

In Valletta (all within walking distance to conference activities)

DSA has a block booking for conference delegates at the Grand Hotel Excelsior. The Grand Hotel Excelsior is a 5-star hotel offering beautiful views of the bay and is a 15-minute walk to the Valletta campus. (A smaller shuttle is also available, with priority given to those with considerations for mobility.) The Excelsior’s facilities include a full restaurant and bar, large outdoor and indoor swimming pools, and a health and beauty centre. DSA's opening reception will be held here.

Hurry, limited rooms are available at this rate.  Reserve by February 15 to guarantee your reservation.  Beginning February 16, the room block will be released to the public and rooms will be based on availability!  

Please note that our inland view room block consists of rooms that may have up to three occupants (the majority of the rooms have a double bed and thus, in the case of triple occupancy, the room will consist of one double bed and an extra bed.  Please discuss additional requests directly with the hotel.

The second person supplement is €20 per night on top of the single rate, and the third person supplement is €35 per night on top of the double rate (that is, add €55 per night for triple occupancy of a room). Supplement covers breakfast, linens, and cleaning for the additional people.

The Excelsior can provide a shuttle to the conference for anyone with difficulties walking from the hotel to the Valletta campus. Please indicate your need for a shuttle upon check-in. 

Special Conference Pricing:

Single Deluxe Inland view room with buffet breakfast included at €165 per night
Twin/ Double Deluxe Inland view room with buffet breakfast included at €185 per night
Single Deluxe Partial Sea view room with buffet breakfast included at €190 per night
Twin/ Double Deluxe Partial Sea view room with buffet breakfast included at €210 per night

Cutoff date: April 19, 2018 After this date, the room block may be released to the public, so we recommend booking your hotel as soon as possible.


On the Excelsior website, scroll down to “Book Now” to enter your dates. Under “Promo Code,” enter “DSA2018” (without quotation marks) to receive special block booking rate.

DSA has negotiated rates with the following hotels located in Valletta. 

The Osborne

Double for sole use - €145.00 per room per night with breakfast included
Double / Twin - €155.00 per room per night with breakfast included
Half Board Supplement - €10.00 per person per day

Availability is on first come first served and any enquires shall be done on and code use should be DSA Conference

The Grand Harbour

5% Discount can be offered on any published room rates.
Discount is valid only when reservations are made through our

A special promotional code was created for the delegates.
DSA Conference must be used in the promo code section.


Budget  small  single internal  rooms (no TV , AC or safe deposit  €75

Single room (with TV AC Safe deposit)                          €115
Seaview room for single Occupancy                             € 125
Twin Inland room                                                            €135
Twin Seaview room                                                        €145
Superior Twin Seaview room                                         €155

All rates areper room per nightincluding hot/cold buffet breakfast
Additional person in a twin pays extra €30.00 per person per night, inc breakfast
39 Main Street, Balluta Bay, St. Julian’s, STJ1017

Some Additional Hotels in Valetta

Castille Hotel
Castille St, Valletta

SU29(Boutique Hotel)
29, St. Ursula Steps, Valletta

Hotels in Sliema near the Sliema Ferry

Sliema Marina Hotel
163 Tigne Sea Front, Sliema SLM 15

Sliema Hotel
59 The Strand Sliema, Sliema SLM07

Additional Recommended Hotels

Le Meridien (location of Awards Dinner and after-party)

Dance Studies Association
7044 S. 13th Street, Oak Creek, WI 53154

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