The 20th annual Group Leisure & Travel Show went down a storm at the NEC Birmingham on Thursday 20th October.
The anniversary show featured more than 200 exhibitors from top attractions and venues, tourist boards, accommodation providers, ticketing agencies and theatre productions, coach companies and tour operators specialising in group travel.
In excess of one thousand group travel organisers and coach operators visited to talk face to face with experts and to get inspiration and deals for group trips both in the UK and overseas.
The free to attend Seminar Theatre line-up attracted full house crowds and featured talks and Q&A sessions from antiques expert Eric Knowles, travel presenter Julie Peasgood, property and travel journalist Martin Roberts and scam-expert and Celebrity Masterchef 2016 winner Alexis Conran.
Visitors felt that they got a great deal out of the show.
“It’s brilliant to meet up with so many contacts and I really enjoy the face to face communication,” Mary Gotts from Ver-Colne Valley U3A said. “I’ve wanted to book with Potter’s Resorts for ages and just haven’t had the time, so it was great they were at the show and I was able to speak to them.”
Kath Oakley of Derek’s Tours added: “This show really is the highlight of our year. I have been coming for the past 15 years and learn something new every time. We meet people, exchange ideas and I think it’s brilliant!”
Exhibitors also had a successful show, with many taking bookings on the day after meeting visitors face to face.
“We’ve had an amazing volume of people interested in booking with us and we’ve met a lot of groups that are interested in working with us in the future,” said Lisa Cook, sales manager for Drayton Manor Theme Park.
“We recognise that there was huge potential at the show for us to expand our group market. We’ve really had a lot of leads. People know Bridlington, but it’s been great to tell them different things about it,” Mark Lonsdale, marketing manager for Bridlington Spa, said.
The date has already been set for the Group Leisure & Travel Show 2017, which will take place in Hall 18 of the NEC on Thursday 12th October. Organisers YPL Exhibitions say indications are good for a sell-out show and many bookings for stand space have already been received.
If you are interested in exhibiting or sponsoring at the 2017 event call Sharon Yandell on 01908 613323 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The last word goes to Alister Strahan from first time exhibitor Venatour who said: “I’ve had a brilliant day. It’s been my first time here and I’m definitely coming back next year.”
The Group Leisure & Travel Show is organised and staged by YPL Exhibitions & Events, part of the Yandell Media Group Ltd, based in Milton Keynes.
The company’s publishing division is behind such titles as Group Leisure, the UK’s number one monthly magazine for group travel organisers.
Whether you want more info about exhibiting or visiting, phone us or use the form below and we’ll get straight back to you.
Postal Address: YPL Exhibitions & Events, P.O. Box 5299, Milton Keynes MK15 8BD
Visitor Hotline: 0845 130 7752
Show Organiser: Emma Cash, Telephone: +44(0)1908 613323
Exhibiting Info & Stand Availability: Sharon Yandell, Telephone: +44(0)1908 613323
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