2013 Exhibitor testimonials

Exhibitor Quotes from 2013

“This is our first ever trade show and we’ve been delighted with the response. Our proximity to the A1 has been a major draw for some of the larger companies and we’ve seen lots of individual societies who are almost certain to come on familiarisation trips. So we’re very pleased with the result.”

Lady Ursula Cholmeley, Easton Walled Gardens

“It’s been really interesting putting faces to names. There are lots of new exhibitors here this year as well so there’s a nice mix. There seems to be a bit more overseas [interest] this year as well which is good news for us. This is the first GLTT Show that we’ve done; we don’t normally exhibit at any shows so this is a first groundbreaker for us.”

Alison Stoakes, Riviera Travel

“We’ve been thrilled today because we’ve had two confirmed bookings for over 100 people coming to our attraction which is marvellous for us. To walk away with something in hand, in the bag is marvellous.”

Roy Davenport, Davenport’s Magic Kingdom

“We’ve found the show very good today and there’s been some good quality leads this morning. Somebody also recognised me from the awards last night and I had my award with me today. They came over and we made contact and we’re looking at potentially doing a trip for them next year, purely on the basis of winning the Excellence Award.”

Janet Fielding, group travel coordinator for Diamond Group Travel

“The show this year at the NEC was again a successful travel trade set piece and attracted lots of GTOS from around the country. The SRT stand was always busy and we made over 100 useful contacts over the two days of the show. We look forward to the new one day formats and to the Midlands/South set up. The new arrangements seemed to have met with favour with the bulk of attendees and we have already pencilled in the dates for 2014.”

Steve Reed, Steve Reed Tourism Ltd

“We’ve had a very good show. Today has been very good; we’ve met some great contacts – existing customers as well as some new ones. People have been very keen and we’ve had some good leads which we’re hoping to follow up very soon.”

Ian Pearson, Sales Manager, Harry Shaw Group Travel

“It’s been fantastic. It’s our first time here and we’ve really enjoyed it. We’ve made loads of new contacts and met lots of people from groups who are really interested in coming to the garden. We’ve swapped lots of contact details so the networking has been fantastic, and it’s been vibrant and lively.”

Julia Roberts, Marketing Manager, Dorothy Clive Garden

“We have had a fantastic first day and the show has been brilliant for us. We have met many organisers who are not familiar with Bristol and we could not be more pleased with the event.”

Chris Savage, Destination Bristol

“We’re first time visitors to the show, and so far it’s been great!”

Heather Fitzgerald, Falmouth Exeter Plus

“We’re having a fantastic show, really successful. We’ve had great leads and lots of business.”

Laura Christie, SGE Hotels

“This is the first time that I’ve attended the show and we’ve been really impressed with it so far. We’ve had some fantastic genuine enquiries for groups for 2013 and 2014. Most of the people that we’ve spoken to have been new to us, so we’re finding it fantastic and hopefully we’ll get some positive bookings from it after the two days.”

Ellie Fulcher, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

“The show’s going really well, we’ve had a really steady flow of people and we’ve made some new contacts which has been great. When we first came along to the show we were brand new and we got quite a lot of interest, and it’s been similar to when we were first here. It’s been really nice, not really any time wasters, and some really good contacts.”

Kelly Charles, Senior Sales Executive, Ascot Racecourse

“We’ve had some excellent leads today. The leads we’ve had have been superb – it’s been a lot more productive for a first day than we’ve had in the past so that’s been good, and we are certainly looking to book next year. With the material we’ve got we’re looking to increase the size of the stand so it’s all looking good.”

Jason Harvey, Group Sales Manager, Jet2.com/Jet2Holidays

“There’s been a nice steady flow of attendees throughout the show over the last two days. Especially today we’ve been quite pleased by the amount of people coming through and the quality of the leads, so we’re looking forward to following them up as soon as possible and hope to bring people to the region.”

James Anderson, Leeds & Pennine Yorkshire

“It’s been actually better on the second day. Some people we’ve met have been good leads, and we’ve met some people we haven’t heard of before, so hopefully we’ll be able to convert that into some business when we get back.”

Louisa Fortune, Jury’s Inn Hotels

“As usual we’ve had a really good show. Two days here where we’ve met lots of our loyal and regular group organisers together with some new ones who we’re going to be sending out groups information to and hopefully getting onboard. It’s been a really good show for us and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Rebecca Dance, Group Assistant Sales Manager, Travelsphere

“This is our first year at the show, the groups we’ve found, having been looking for niche markets, have certainly been here in abundance. We had a fair few leads yesterday. What I’ve found is you have a complete range of organisers, and also people that own the businesses – there’s a whole range of people here.”

Peter Osbourne, T A Hotel Collection, Suffolk

“It’s been a great show. It’s our official launch to the groups market so it’s been great to meet group organisers. We’ve got some good leads which we’ll follow up on, and obviously some good names for the database. It’s just been a great opportunity to get our name out there.”

Mike Coombs, Opodo Cruise

“We’ve had a very good show. We’ve met lots of good contacts, I think we’ve got some business out of it so we’ll follow it up and see what comes of it. There have been busy periods on both days with some quality leads so we’re very pleased.”

John Gibbs, Tourism Officer, Gosport Tourism

“We’ve met a lot of new customers. People have been coming up, knowing exactly where they want to go and simply comparing what offers are available at the show. This is the ideal format to do that.”

Louise Robinson, Saga Holidays

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