Old ABTArians plan spring event

The Old ABTArians are taking a trip down memory lane with a spring break planned at one of their old convention venues.

The organisation, which is open to former ABTA council and committee members as well as senior ABTA staff, will be staying at the Palace Hotel in Torquay, Devon.

The hotel was last officially visited by ABTA in 1969 when the association held its last convention in the UK, which was dominated by talks of an internal restructure.

Old ABTArians chairman Paul Cresswell said: “This will be an excellent opportunity for our members to relax on the English Riviera and maybe some of the older ones will recall the 1969 convention. It sounds as if we shall have an exciting time.”

Former ABTA assistant director general Mary Cooke, who is co-ordinating bookings for the break, said: “While the 1969 convention was before I joined ABTA, I am sure that some of our members will recall being in Torquay and we are planning an exciting time, including a coach tour around the local countryside and a group dinner.”

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