Palma.—Tourism Councillor Alvaro Gijon confirmed yesterday that Info Sightseeing is the company which has been awarded the contract for running the city's tourist information points as of the beginning of next month.

The company was one of five hopefuls who put forward bids for the management project and is part of the “Citysightseeing” company which operates in 80 countries. Its successful bid for operating the tourist information service points stood at 283'500 euros a year (with IVA included), 10 percent less than the margin set by the City Council. The contract will initially run for four years.

Gijon said that what had particularly impressed the Council about Info Sightseeing was the staff they were prepared to fund so that tourists “always had someone available to speak their own language.” Apart from information services in Castilian, Catalan, English and German which were part of the contract's pre-requisites, Info Sightseeing will also be providing staff speaking Chinese, Russian, Italian, French and Portuguese reflecting the variety of the international community visiting Palma.

The offices will be selling entry tickets to tourist sights and other products either as merchandise from the premises or via the internet.

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