2013 Visitor testimonials

Visitor Quotes from 2013

“The show has been very helpful. The lady on the Suffolk stand was very interesting, and was able to help us quite a bit. I’ve got a bag full of information here so I will be swotting up all night.”

Gordon Paine, Burton on Trent Wine Society

“We’ve been coming for the last four years. I booked our South African trip with the Norman Allen travel group here, and this year I’m hoping to find enough on the York stand to take the choir there.”

Helen Simms, Gloucester Cathedral Choir

“The show has been very informative so far. We’ve come looking for hotels that can take coach groups in walking areas with a view to looking into foreign holidays as well – it’s been helpful and we’ve found certainly found one or two hotel groups and tour companies.”

Rosemary Cheetham, PALGO Rambling Club

“It’s a nice set up, and nicely laid out so it’s easy to get up and talk to people. We come every year because we find it useful to make contacts, and it’s good to put a face to the name at the end of the phone.”

Yvonne White, White’s Away Days

“The show has been very inspiring and it gives you lots of ideas. We’re history orientated, and I always come because it gives you so much to think about for your programme next year and I’ve certainly got a few ideas now.”

Anna Hallett, Lichfield History Group

“We organise group holidays for adults with learning difficulties. I try and come every year so that I can get new ideas, not only day trips but also for longer holidays. I’m probably going to book a holiday to Torquay for a week, and I have already decided I’m going to take a group to Blackpool for the Illuminations. The show has been very helpful.”

Robin Corser-Langford, Global Accessible Holiday Service and Robin’s Travel

“I’ve looked at a lot of the northern European people here, like La Coupole and Calais, as I’m looking to take a group over there to visit some battlefields, and commemorate the First World War in its centenary. I’ve found a good catalogue of stuff to take back and present to my membership. I’m also looking for day-out venues that I might not have even considered yet.”

Roger Simms, Royal British Legion, Minchinhampton Branch

“I’ve had a really good day, it’s been really successful and I’ve picked up some new ideas. Ten out of ten for the event.”

Tony Hadley, Wolverhampton Post Office Sports and Social Club

“The show is a great way of finding out about new people, not just my regular companies. It’s great – I’ve found a lot of new ideas and met new faces. There are some good deals to be had and I think it’s great that everyone has the opportunity to see all these people in one place. It saves me going out and searching and I can sort out new places to visit for my group – it’s been good fun.

Andy Booth, Sainsbury’s Staff Association, Hertfordshire

“I’ve found the show to be really useful and Group Leisure certainly seems to have done a great job in promoting the show.”

Susie Hunt, GTO, Batsford Arboretum & Garden Centre

“The organisers were extremely helpful in keeping me informed before the show. We are involved with many coach operators and consequently tourist venues, so coming here and finding so many people under one roof has been really useful.”

Stanley Adams, chief executive, Integrated Transport Developments.

“We’ve found quite a few good ideas while we’ve been here and it’s been a good show. The Dudley canal cruise sounds really good – even if the group don’t fancy it I think I’ll go as it sounds good fun! We’ve worn our feet out! The Ely Stand and the Flower Show for next year was of great interest to us, so we might be able to get a group together to do that.”

Josie Crane, Lichfield U3A Heritage Group

“I try to come up every year. It’s lovely because I can walk around and see all the people I know and get fresh ideas, and I’ve just had a very nice buffet lunch (in the Premier Lounge).”

Patricia Jeffrey, Chiltern and Castle Federation of Townswomen’s Guilds

“The care and concern that all the exhibitors are taking has been brilliant and I’ve had some amazing conversations. They’re so helpful, and I’m really impressed. Its ranking as the best show I can remember in terms of sheer service that’s been provided. Longleat has really taken me to heart and they’re going to arrange a special fam trip for me, and other places are going to send me lots of information.”

John Coatman MBE, Croydon Crusaders

“The show gives you lots of new ideas for your group. Things you wouldn’t have thought about or new developments, and places you love where you think you’ve seen it all and suddenly you find out something new has been done and you want to go back. It is very useful, it’s like scattered seeds with ideas that might at some point pop up and you think that’s the very thing I want to do.”

Anna Hallett, Lichfield History Group

“I found it very interesting and I’ve made a lot of very good contacts. I’m particularly interested in cruising and spent some quality time with Fred. Olsen who are now operating out of Liverpool where I intend to send a group from. I’ve enjoyed meeting lots of other organisers and meeting old friends. I particularly appreciated the visitor lounge as it was a space to go and collect my thoughts and organising myself.

Margaret Simm, GTO

“We’ve always found it very useful. We meet so many people who now know us as well as us knowing them. We pick up so much information. We usually fill a coach wherever we go, so it’s very worth our while coming here to find out what’s on offer.”

Brenda Redmile, Gardening Friends

“It’s great coming to the show in September, because it’s a big gap in the calendar and I think it’s the right time to look at things for the following year. When you go into January, February, March, they’re great shows but you’re looking at the following year when you do that, so this is a good time in the middle of the year, towards the end of the season, where you can catch up with people and plan for the following year.”

Roger Bailey, Blue Badge Tourist Guide

“I’ve found it very interesting; we’ve got a lot of literature for ideas for next year. Crich Tramway Museum, which is not very far away from us but we’ve never been, and Coventry Cathedral looks very interesting as well.”

Carole Larman, Treasurer, Etwall Wednesday Coffee Club

“I organise a holiday for ladies about once a year for holidays to the continent. We’ve gone with Travelsphere – I’ve been doing it for 13 years and it’s always been with Travelsphere. But I’m always open to new ideas and today there’s lots of information and ideas on offer to make you think further and see what other options are available.”

Mrs June Lomas, Seedy Sewing Group, Etwall & Derbyshire

“The show’s really brilliant; there are lots of really good stands. There’s been a good turn out and I’ve got some really good contacts plus lots of ideas for future trips.”

Robert Coleman, London Culture Seekers Group

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