ABTA is struggling to find a venue for its first conference of the new millennium, president Steven Freudmann has admitted, reports Steve Jones from Cairns.

The two current options, Lisbon and the Greek island of Kos, have problems over their conference facilities.

Pressure on hotel capacity in Lisbon could mean some delegates would have to stay in Estoril, about 45mins’ drive away, while the convention hall on Kos is not thought to be big enough.

Freudmann said: “We can’t really follow Cairns with another long-haul country but neither of the current options are ideal at the moment.

“We are visiting both destinations in the next few weeks to hopefully solve these dilemmas.”

ABTA is spoilt for choice for its 2001 conference with Cuba, Mexico, Sri Lanka and Las Vegas all interested.

n ABTA Convention ’99 update, page 5