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THE management of Congress Palace in Torremolinos is in negotiations to outsource it in the coming months.

Turespaña, the Tourism Institute of Spain and owner of the building, and the council are in talks about a possible public-private agreement to run the historic property.

Companies like Intu, owner a large plot of land nearby in which it plans to build a commercial and leisure, and Melia, which has leased the Congress Palace in Mallorca through a similar arrangement, have expressed interest.

Both Turespaña and the council have highlighted their inability to provide the investment required for the renovation and modernisation of the palace’s facilities.

It was this situation that led officials from both organisations to work together to find a sustainable way forward and bring the building into the 21st century.

The current agreement ends in May and will be due for the next five year extension, but plans are being made for a shorter two year transition deal to make the necessary arrangements to outsource the management.

Investment and business plans are set to be drawn up and will form part of the bidding process.

Turespaña is expected to continue to be listed as the owner of the site, while the council would be part of a commission tasked with ensuring that the winning bidder meets its obligations.

The outsourcing of Congress Palace will be one of the issues that the Mayor, Jose Ortiz, intends to address during his visit to the International Tourism Fair in Berlin this week.

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