db Group
Industryhospitality, real estate
Founded1980s; 41 years ago (1980s)
FounderSilvio Debono
Key people
Silvio Debono, executive chairman;
Arthur Gauci, CEO
Robert Debono, executive director[1]
Revenue€46.6 million (2017)[2]
Number of employees
over 2,850

The db Group is largest hotel holding in Malta, founded and owned by Silvio Debono from Mellieha.


According to his account, Debono started as waiter and a barman, before taking on a small tearoom, which he turned into a successful restaurant, whose owner asked him to become a partner. He went on opening a bar, a discotheque, and a pizzeria. He then opened an 80-room hotel in Mellieha, bought the Tunny Net restaurant, and a 3-star hotel. He obtained a bank guarantee from Thomson in Londo to open a 95-apartment complex. Later he contacted the Hard Rock Café franchise in Orlando, Florida, opening the first Hard Rock Café in Malta. [3] He also established partnerships with the Accor Hotel Group, and RIU Hotels & Resorts.[2]

In the late 2010s, db Group had become the largest hotel operator in Malta, with over 3,500 beds and 2,850 employees.[2] In April 2017 the db Group issued a €65 million 10-year Bond at a fixed coupon of 4.35%m, which was listed on the Malta Stock Exchange one month later. [2]

In March 2017, Silvio Debono filed 19 libel suits against Daphne Caruana Galizia.


Real estateEdit

  • db San Gorg Property Limited
  • Kika Construction Company Limited
  • Kika Developments Company Limited
  • Siar Property Investments Limited
  • Ghadira Property Investment Limited


  • db Seabank Resort + Spa
  • db San Antonio Hotel + Spa
  • Starbucks Malta
  • Hard Rock Café Malta
  • Porto Azzurro
  • Adeera Complex – Amami – Blu Beach – Westreme
  • db City Centre at St. George's Bay (to be completed in 2022)
  • Nine Lives
  • Aki

Contract cateringEdit

  • Sky Gourmet Malta Limited
  • Malta Healthcare Caterers Limited


  • Healthmark
  • Health Service Group Limited
  • Support Services Limited


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