ITT tipped to hold conference in Italy

The historic Italian city of Venice is thought to have been chosen by the Institute of Travel and Tourism for its 2011 conference.

The decision is due to be made officially public at the ITT’s Presidents’ Dinner at the Dorchester on Wednesday night, but Travel Weekly understands Venice has been chosen ahead of Las Vegas and Madeira.

ITT has a reputation for choosing premium locations for its annual event, often in long-haul destinations such as Las Vegas.

In February 2010 the Atlantic island of Madeira suffered serious flooding which killed 32 people, but quickly got back on its feet and remains a popular destination for British holidaymakers.

However, Venice is understood to have pipped other destinations that had been vying for the conference, which will be expected to sell out all its 400 delegate places again in 2011.  

The ITT conference will be held in the first full week of June 2011. This year the institute choose Benidorm’s five star Barceló Asia Gardens Resort and Thai Spa Hotel, having been to Dubai the previous year.

An ITT spokesman would not comment on the venue for next year’s conference when Travel Weekly spoke to him this morning.

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