The tourist exhibition in Madrid occupies an area of over 75,000 sq metres divided into ten halls housing exhibitors from 17 countries and regions including Uganda, Ghana and Kuwait who will all premiere at the show this year. The area occupied is 13% less than in previous years but will nevertheless provide travel company professionals and visitors with lots of valuable information including the peculiarities of the major domestic and international markets as well as offers from tourist enterprises, tour operators, airlines and car rental companies.
The show was opened on Wednesday by King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain.
At the exhibition the mayor of Orihuela, Monica Lorente, had the opportunity to greet their majesties when they visited the Orihuela stand. Ms Lorente told the royal couple that they would be very welcome to visit the city during the coming year after which she presented the king with an anthology of poems commemorating the centenary of Miguel Hernández written by Jose Luis Ferri, while Queen Sofia received a specially crafted Orihuela bracelet.