The Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) is going short-haul for its November 2017 conference.

Taking place in Evora over November 23-26 the association’s chairman, Derek Moore, commented: “Considering our chosen destination is so close to home, it’s surprising that it’s so little-known within the UK travel industry – and thus by our customers. It’s a speedy two-hour hop from London, and just 40 minutes more from Manchester. It boasts blue skies and sunshine nearly all year round and we anticipate mild temperatures of around 17 degrees at the end of November.

“We’re delighted to have been invited by the Portuguese National Tourist Office and the Alentejo Tourism Promotion Board to the delightful Alentejo region, in mainland Portugal. We’ll be staying in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Evora, a medieval walled gem of a place with ancient cobbled streets, excellent wineries, a spooky Chapel of the Bones, restaurants and cafés galore. It’s my guess that a lot of AITO delegates will be keen to stay on after the conference to explore more of this beautiful region which takes up one-third of Portugal’s land mass, produces 46% of the country’s wine and yet houses just 6% of its population.”

The main conference location will be the newly built Hotel Vila Gale Evora, located five-minutes from the historic town centre of Evora. There’s also the opportunity to stay at the Pousada dos Loios in the heart of the old city, adjacent to the Roman temple, if preferred. Conference sessions will be held all day on the Friday and Saturday morning, followed by a choice of tours on Saturday afternoon.

Full booking information will be sent to AITO members and affiliates shortly.

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