President Armengol seemed impressed by the bed in the Palacio hotel. | Miquel A. Cañellas


The first event at Palma's Palacio de Congresos will take place in the middle of next month. The convention centre and hotel both open next Saturday. Meliá describes this as a "soft opening", with the first two days devoted to people it has invited to test out the various facilities. The first clients for the hotel will arrive on 3 April, when it is expected that sixty rooms will be occupied. This will increase as the weeks go by and events begin to be held.

Meliá will next week announce the schedule of events for this year. Most are thought to be for the medical and pharmaceutical sectors and will have attendances of between 100 and 200 people. On 1 and 2 June there will be 250 delegates for the national urban and metropolitan transport congress. This is partly being organised by Palma's EMT bus company.

Meliá also says that it is to spend more on the furnishings in the Palacio and the hotel. Some 4.5 million euros have been spent already, but the company wants to add further quality.

On Tuesday, the town hall will open the calle Felicia Fuster to traffic; this is the road for access to the hotel entrance. For technical reasons, the taxi rank has yet to be established. The town hall says that it wants to ensure maximum security measures at access points.