The Institute of Travel and Tourism is in talks with tourism representatives of Middle Eastern countries to host next year’s conference.
ITT chairman Steven Freudmann said discussions were under way but it was not yet a “done deal” for the 2009 destination.
He added: “We are in talks with certain Middle East destinations and we would like to go somewhere new and innovative, but our challenge will be finding a five-star hotel for 500 people for three days. At the moment all options are open for 2009.”
The destination for next year’s event will not be revealed until the President’s Dinner in September.
High demand means this year’s event will be the biggest to date, with 500 delegates, despite initial plans to cap it at 400, added Freudmann.
Candidates for the new ITT board are likely to use this year’s event to canvass support. A record 17 candidates are competing for places on the nine-strong board this year.
Already four directors have been voted on to the board unopposed and ballot papers for members to vote on the remaining 13 candidates – who are contesting five board vacancies – have gone out to members, with a result is due on July 4.