STAFF REPORTER REGIONAL president Francesc Antich was on his way to Manchester yesterday to attend an event aimed at promoting the Balearic Islands to a key British client base that is wavering over last-minute holiday decisions.

Antich, who is being accompanied by Balearic Tourism Minister Miquel Nadal, will be given a tour of the marquees and information stands that have been set up in Albert Square and Market Street in Manchester. On the agenda of the promotion are a wide range of cultural activities, craft exhibitions and a chance for visitors to sample food typical of the Balearic Islands. One of the most visually exciting events of the occasion will be a display by Minorcan riders who dressed in 18th century costume, train their horses to rear up in the way they do each year at the festival of Sant Joan on Minorca. Ground is being prepared so that an audience is safely sectioned off from the performers. In other marquees, there will be games for families with children and separately, information stands for each of the Balearic Islands will be providing a backdrop to culture, history and sporting opportunities. The Balearic government promotional policy has been to “take the Islands” to its key client countries of the United Kingdom and Germany - a similar event was staged successfully last year in Berlin.