Palma.—Preparations for the October ABTA Convention in Palma are well under way with would-be delegates already booking their packages to Majorca for the event which is now expected to attract an estimated 1'000 members of the UK travel industry.

This year is extremely special for two reasons.
Firstly, the mere fact that the convention is being held in Majorca will give the island's tourist industry a great boost looking ahead to next year and secondly, Monarch's tour firm Cosmos will be using the convention to mark its 50th anniversary.

Already, headline speakers confirmed for the event include International Airlines group chief executive Willie Walsh, and Tui Travel chief executive Peter Long who will be interviewing Iberostar executive chairman Miguel Fluxa about how the tourist industry has developed and changed over the years.

And yesterday, it was announced that Lord Archer, who has recently built an impressive house on the island, is going to be closing the three-day convention which will be taking place at the Pueblo Español.

Best-selling author and former Conservative Party deputy chairman will make the closing speech on October 5.

Mark Tanzer ABTA Chief Executive who has spent months organising the event is extremely excited about the prospect of having such a great line up of headline speakers at the convention this year and is confident they will pull in even more delegates.

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