TRITON has exclusively revealed to Travel Weekly that next year’s conference will be held in Vilamoura in the Portuguese Algarve.

Triton chairman Colin Heal said the event would run from May 11 – 14 2007 and would focus on how member agents can best grow their businesses with the help of the super-consortium.

He added the destination had been chosen due to the amount of accommodation options it offered in all price brackets while Faro Airport is just 25 minutes transit away and is served by both budget and scheduled airlines.

He added: “We had some very good bids in from a number of destinations all of which were very attractive and were carefully considered by the board but we felt that the package being offered by the Portuguese was the best.

“It’s a short conference offering very good value for money as many of the accommodation lead-in prices are very attractive.”

Triton director John McEwan said work was already under way on the conference’s content to ensure it is of the best quality while popular speed-dating sessions will be retained in order to allow operators and agents to get their heads together.

He added by condensing the conference to four days and holding it over a weekend, agents should feel able to attend without worrying about too much of a negative impact on their businesses.

He said: “We are expecting around 1,000 delegates to attend and I think it will establish the Triton conference as the travel event in the UK.

“It sits entirely apart from both ABTA and the Institute of Travel and Tourism conferences.”

For more on Triton see travel Weekly’s 20 October issue.