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Thursday 5th October 2023 at the Marshall Arena at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes.

Exhibit in 2023

Contact us for more information about exhibiting opportunities.

2022 Seminar Programme

Every visitor to the show had the opportunity to enjoy some fantastic sessions featuring expert speakers in the Seminar Theatre. Not only could you listen to some interesting ideas and advice, but you could also ask your own questions too. Find out more about the 2022 line-up here.

Jane Archer

Jane Archer

Just add water: planning a successful group cruise

Jane explained the options you have when thinking about organising an ocean or river cruise for a group. She explored how you could use mini and short break cruises to ‘test the water’ too. This can be a great way for GTOs to either try cruising for themselves, or an opportunity to take a group on something a little more accessible, before booking something longer / more adventurous.

About Jane…

Award-winning journalist and cruise expert Jane Archer has sailed to the ends of the earth – literally – during a 30-year career that has taken her to the Arctic and Antarctica, Greenland, the Galapagos and Kimberley in Australia, as well as on more than 300 ocean and river cruises around Europe, the Baltic, Caribbean, the Americas, India, Egypt and Asia. Her work appears regularly in national newspapers, lifestyle magazines, online and trade titles in both the UK and abroad.

Simon Calder

Senior travel editor Simon Calder

“I can’t tell you how much I look forward to coming to the Group Leisure
& Travel Show because we’re talking, meeting, exchanging ideas and getting inspired about all the opportunities there are to travel.”

Quiz Calder: Simon Calder answers your questions

He's Britain’s No.1 travel expert for a reason, so visitors used this opportunity to ask him their own questions.

About Simon...

Simon is the senior travel editor of The Independent, and an acclaimed television and radio broadcaster and commentator, featuring as the ‘go to’ expert on programmes including BBC Breakfast, Good Morning Britain and both the BBC and ITV News.

He makes a welcome return to the 2022 Group Leisure & Travel Show, with his sessions always popular with visitors as he shares his advice and experience with group travel organisers and coach operators.

Simon Calder with the Terracotta Warriors. Photo credit Ash Mills.

Picture credit: Ash Mills.

Jennie Bond

Royal Insights with Jennie Bond

Royal commentator Jennie Bond has travelled the world with the Royal Family and visited many of their palaces and castles. At the show, she talked about life with the Royals, some of her favourite destinations around the globe, and also about her love of cruising.

About Jennie...

Broadcaster and journalist, Jennie Bond appears regularly on a wide range of television and radio programmes - from light entertainment to documentaries.

As the BBC's Royal Correspondent for 14 years, Jennie was at the heart of events that made headlines around the world: from the fairy-tale marriages to the adultery, the divorces and the deaths.

She's known to young and old for her exploits in the jungle of ITV's I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here when she was buried in a coffin full of rats and had to eat a variety of live insects.

Since then she has been a presenter on two of the BBC's most popular shows: Cash in the Attic, and Rip Off Britain.  She also presented the highly successful BBC2 series Great British Menu.

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Past speakers include…

Our fantastic seminar speakers have entertained and attracted guests at the Group Leisure & Travel Show in the past, including…
Nicholas Owen

Gyles Brandreth

Television Personality and ‘Culture Vulture’

Nicholas Owen

Carol Klein

Gardener and Television Presenter

Nicholas Owen

Nicholas Owen

Newscaster and Television Presenter

Nicholas Owen

Kate Humble

Writer & Broadcaster

Simon Reeve

Adventurer, TV presenter and Author

Joe Swift

TV Gardener & Presenter

Dan Cruickshank

Dan Cruickshank

TV Historian and Presenter

Chris Beardshaw

Chris Beardshaw

TV Presenter and Celebrity Gardener

Jasmine Birtles

Financial and Money Saving Expert

Jane Archer

UK’s Leading Cruise Expert

Alexis Conran

Fraud specialist and star of The Real Hustle

Julie Peasgood

Television presenter, journalist and actress

Simon Calder

Travel Editor, The Independent

Martin Roberts

Travel expert and TV presenter

Eric Knowles

Antiques and history expert, and TV broadcaster

Contact Us

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Postal Address: YPL Exhibitions & Events, P.O. Box 5299, Milton Keynes MK15 8BD

EXhibiting info & stand availability

Sharon Yandell,

Telephone: +44 (0)1908 613323

Event date is subject to ongoing Government rulings on public assembly and therefore the organisers reserve the right to make appropriate changes if required affecting the date or venue at their absolute discretion.