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 cheapest 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 busses 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 ofthebay 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.

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 4, 2018

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

Castille Hotel
Castille St, Valletta

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

Palazzo Consiglia (Boutique Hotel)
102 St. Ursula Street, Valletta

Luciano Valletta Boutique Accommodation
Merchant Street, Valletta

Luciano Al Porto Boutique Accommodation
St Ursula Street, Valletta

Osborne Hotel
50, South St, Valletta

British Hotel
Battery Street, 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

Pebbles Boutique Aparthotel Malta
89 The Strand, Triq Ix - Xatt, Tas-Sliema SLM 1022

Labranda Rocca Nettuno Suites

Matthew Pulis Street, Sliema SLM 3052

Additional Recommended Hotels

Le Meridien (location of Awards Dinner and after-party)
39 Main Street, Balluta Bay, St. Julian’s, STJ1017,

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

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