Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Travel Convention 2009 in Barcelona

The Travel Convention 2009, the annual overseas conference organized by
The Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), will be held in the Spanish city of Barcelona for the first time.

Ignacio Vasallo, director of the Spanish tourism office welcomed that Barcelona had been chosen to stage the convention in October. This year's annual event will take place in the city between October 6th and 9th. He added that there is never a dull moment in the vibrant beachfront city and Barcelona is looking forward to welcoming the delegates of the Travel Convention to Barcelona in 2009.

Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer stated that they had considered staging an expanded UK-based convention but concluded that this will not be an appropriate year to try out a new format. He said that he was thrilled to take the Travel Convention to Barcelona for the first time as it is one of the world's leading cities.

According to figures cited by Mr. Vasallo, 16 million people from the UK visited Spain in 2007, with Barcelona in the top of charts. This is positive development for rental investors and those who wish to make money by renting out their properties should look at Barcelona as now it offers a variety of bargains.

In related news, Times has reported that the downturn in the property market has seen average sales prices down by ten per cent this year and sellers are accepting offers of up to 20 per cent below asking price.