Group Leisure & Travel Show in Milton Keynes is a hit with visitors and exhibitors
The sell-out 2019 Group Leisure & Travel Show was a huge success with hundreds of group travel organisers descending on the Marshall Arena, Stadium MK, for a day of inspiration and exclusive offers.
For the first time ever, the annual exhibition now in its 23rd year, took place on Thursday, 10th October in Milton Keynes and with more than 200 exhibitors it was bigger than previous years.
Scores of group travel organisers, from all over the UK, came through the doors of the arena for what is widely thought to be the key date in the group travel calendar. They were able to meet and speak to a wide range of exhibitors from hotel groups, ticket operators, cruise lines, historic attractions and tour operators.
There were many highlights of the day for visitors to enjoy from competitions to win holidays to gin tasting, seed giveaways and tasty treats.
Over on the Group Leisure & Travel Magazine stand, readers who registered for the new website had the chance of winning an iPad while there was a champagne experience to be won with The Original Tour and a free holiday with tour operator Travel Editions.
2020 Group leisure & Travel Show...
The Group Leisure & Travel Show takes place again on the 8th October 2020 at the Stadium MK, Milton Keynes.
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Show Director Graham Yandell said: “It’s always a privilege and a pleasure to bring people together at this event. Once again we’ve had a hugely successful day and I would like to thank the visitors that attended and our exhibitors who did such a fantastic job in helping us put together the group travel sector’s leading show. One thing to be certain about is that the move to Milton Keynes has been a great success and it is a success we can build on for the future.”
Sylvia Saxon, GTO and chair of the New Meridian Association
“It’s great to see the Group Leisure & Travel Show held in Milton Keynes; as soon as I heard it was here I knew it would be right.”
“We’ve booked up trips with the World of James Herriot and the Mint, Mine & Vine experience by coming today so it’s been really worthwhile.” Alex Elmore, Kettering Caledonian Society
“This year we’ve found a complete mix of different attractions here that we’ve never seen before.” June Holland, Kier Group Fellowship Trust
”I’ve got three bags full of good ideas and we’ll go through them in due course. The celebrity seminars were very interesting too, particularly Kate Humble and Simon Calder – Simon’s talk was humorous but informative at the same time.” Eric Glover, Narborough Travel Club
“We’ve met new group organisers and also made our relationship with existing customers even stronger. Exhibiting here for the first time was very easy too, as we could park our vehicles very close to the entrance and I think it works as customers seemed to be able to get here quite easily.” Robert Shaw, Harry Shaw Coaches
“We’ve been exhibiting at the show for a number of years now (previously in Birmingham) but my first impression of the venue was great. It’s quite big and easily accessible which is always a bonus, plus it wasn’t far for us to travel.” Aileen Sharp Tourism Development Officer, Visit Ely
The Seminar Theatre
The Seminar Theatre was a big hit yet again as three sessions took place throughout the course of the day.
Talks were led by TV presenter and producer Julie Peasgood, senior travel editor of The Independent and TV pundit Simon Calder, and writer and broadcaster Kate Humble who presents Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Animal Park.
Each of the speaker’s talks were packed out; Julie began the day with a talk about Taking Groups on a Cruise while Simon looked back on his 25 years on the travel desk. Kate Humble concluded the Seminar programme by sharing The Joy of Getting Off the Beaten Track.
See what our seminar speaker, Simon Calder said about the exhibition…
Senior travel editor Simon Calder
“I think the new venue in Milton Keynes is great; it really is just exactly the right scale. It feels really friendly and like its own exhibition rather than being part of the NEC – it’s works very well. And the fact that’s in Milton Keynes is great; the first thing I saw when I walked in was the stand all about what you can do in Milton Keynes itself which is brilliant. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed going around and talking to the lovely exhibitors including the Silverstone Experience which I’m very enthused about and the Settle-Carlisle Railway which is such an important rail link.”
Exhibit at the biggest and best show for Group Travel and Coach Tourism in 2020!
The Group Leisure & Travel Show takes place again on the 8th October 2020 at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes. To find out more about exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities for the GLT Show, why not download our latest media pack?
Some testimonials from the 2019 exhibition…
Harold Burke, just for groups!
“For us it’s the only event on the calendar that’s really aimed at groups and brings them all together in a convenient location. The Milton Keynes venue is in really good location. The show and the awards just keep ticking all the boxes and as long as they keep ticking all the boxes we’ll keep turning up.”
Ollie Burton, London Transport Museum
“We’re delighted to be exhibiting at the GLT Show for the first time in many years to promote all of our eight sights. We’ve got an exciting offer that we’re launching for the group’s market today which is our hidden London tours which are tours of disused tube stations, hidden tunnels and secret spaces on London’s transport system, taking you into some fascinating spaces.”.
Jackie Boustead, Whitworth Hall Hotel & Deer Park
“We’re really excited to generate more business and gain new contacts, following on from the success of last year’s show – events like this are really useful because it’s targeted at a specific audience.”
To read more testimonials from the 2019 Group Leisure & Travel Show, click on the links below.
2019 Video Review
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Learn more about Group Leisure & Travel magazine, the official media partner of the Group Leisure & Travel Show. Group Leisure & Travel is a monthly magazine, available in both print and online e-magazine editions, for group travel organisers. The aim is simple: to provide ideas, contacts and advice for people organising all types of coach tours, group trips and group holidays in a vibrant, enjoyable and quality format.