The Travel Convention 2009 Opens in Barcelona

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The esteemed Travel Convention is kicking off its Barcelona premiere tomorrow with elegant receptions, expert speakers and endless networking opportunities. For the first time in ABTA’s history, the city of Barcelona will be the venue for The 2009 Travel Convention, which will be held between the 6th and 8th of October 2009.

The 2008 Travel Convention in Gran Canaria owed much of its success to the commitment by the Spanish tourism authorities who are again keen to demonstrate the importance of the UK market to Spain.

Ignacio Vasallo, Director of the Spanish Tourist office, said: “The relationship between Spain and the UK travel industry is a key priority for the Spanish Tourist Office and we are delighted that Barcelona has been chosen as the venue for one of the UK travel industry’s most important events – the fourth year running that Spain has been selected.

We are dedicated to supporting the conference alongside the Catalonia Tourism Board and the Barcelona Tourism Board as proof of our commitment to the UK travel industry and the importance of its role in Spanish tourism.   Our figures show that we welcomed over 16 million UK visitors in 2007 and Barcelona is one of the UK’s most popular destinations.  There is never a dull moment in the vibrant beachfront city and we look forward to welcoming the delegates of The Travel Convention to Barcelona in 2009.”

Pere Duran, Managing Director of Turisme de Barcelona added: “I am delighted that Barcelona will host The Travel Convention 2009.  I am sure that the capital of Catalonia, which is very used to organising international events will be a magnificent location for this very important professional meeting. The celebration of this highly significant ABTA event in Barcelona corresponds to a large extent to the loyalty that the British market has shown our city. In fact, Britain is the main market for Barcelona: more than 11% of tourists that come here every year are British.”

Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive, ABTA, said: “We are thrilled to take The Travel Convention to Barcelona for the first time, one of the world’s leading cities.   Spain has come through time and again as a committed supporter of ABTA and The Travel Convention and we can be sure of a first class event.”

Photos by Frances Tuke courtesy of The Travel Convention 2009.



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