Simon Calder has been announced as the first celebrity speaker at the 2019 Group Leisure & Travel Show taking place on 10th October at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes.

The travel editor of The Independent is a regular household name at the GLT Show and his seminar session at last year’s event, held in October at the NEC in Birmingham, was very popular with visitors.

Those attending the 2019 show in Milton Keynes can expect more expert advice from Simon, who last year shared his travel tips, including where to go outside of Europe (in light of Brexit) and essential information about passport expiry dates and travel insurance details.

What Simon said about GLT Show in 2018:

  • “It’s a really interesting event because you get the whole spectrum; group travel organisers doing great things in the UK and overseas to visitor attractions and hotels.”
  • “It’s an atmosphere which is very warm, very friendly.”
  • “The show is great for networking, doing deals and seeing what the opposition is doing.”

For more from Simon, watch the video of him speaking at last year’s show.

Simon Calder in South Africa

Simon, pictured in South Africa, loves hitch-hiking and cycling on his travels.

Simon previously commented that the travel industry was “devoted to human happiness” and in an interview with Group Leisure & Travel Magazine he shared his optimism for travel adding: “We are living at a time when we have the widest horizons of every generation and people have the freedom to go to places.”

Details of the other two speakers at the forthcoming 2019 event will be revealed in due course.

See Simon at the GLT Show

Visitor registration is now open for this year’s show, which will be staged at a different venue, the Marshall Arena at Stadium MK, to create new opportunities for visitors and exhibitors.

Register now for free entry to the exhibition in October.

Exhibit at the GLT Show

Some of the latest exhibitors to sign up include; Alnwick Garden, Bekonscot Model Village, Brooklands Museum, DFDS Seaways and Jet2.

If you’re interested in exhibiting call Sharon Yandell on 01908 613323 or email