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By Francisco Cortez

The management of Palma’s Congress Centre will be put up for public tender in Autumn, but the hotel will not be sold.After the “fiasco” of the last attempts the administration of the Congress Centre does not want to repeat past mistakes and has suggested more flexible conditions to attract more investors.
The construction works stopped for over a year after disagreements over fees and payments to the company responsible for the works and due to the high demands requested to investors, who apart from having to ensure the centre received a minimum amount of visitors per year, also had to buy the hotel for a minimum of 40 million euros in order to rent the venue.
With the request to buy the hotel out of the way, more companies have now shown interest in taking over. Several Majorcan companies have shown interest as well as the Hilton Hotel chain, who was close to a take over the last time around , but could not comply with all the requests made by the Convention Centre Board.
Asked if it was in any way possible to put the management of the hotel up for public tender as opposed to the Congress Centre, members of the board replied the main target is to “get the venue up and running and ready to welcome congressmen,” assuring that in any way “will the centre remain closed”.