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BALEARIC tourism minister Joan Flaquer last night closed the tourism convention entitled Your Islands Closer which brought 1'200 travel agents to Palma.

The convention was organised by the tour operators Iberojet and Soltour.
The last day included a visit to the Serra de Tramuntana mountain area and the Pueblo Español complex of the Balearic capital.
Actor Michael Douglas, who acts as goodwill ambassador for the Balearics at major tourism fairs, was on hand to chat to the tour operators and travel agents.

The convention was organised to give travel agents a first hand view of what the island has to offer in the way of culture, picturesque inland towns and villages, mountain scenery and, of course, its beaches.

Iberojet expects to increase its sales to the Balearics between 12 and 17 percent this year, while Soltour has calculated a growth of around 15 percent.

Michael Douglas agreed to promote the Balearics at five international tourism fair when the government bought his Costa Nord cultural centre in Valldemossa for 4.2 million euros.

Earlier this week, the tourism chief revealed that his appearance at the Berlin tourism fair had generated more than one million euros' worth of publicity.

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