With the Group Leisure & Travel Show now less than two weeks away now, we round up six particularly intriguing and exciting features that visitors should look out for when visiting.


1. Meet a Smurf

Visit Brussels on stand 215 will be bringing along its mascot – a Smurf. Looking out for this brightly blue costumed character as you wander around the hall (Hall 18). Visitors are invited to visit the stand to discover why Brussels is an ideal destination for groups.

2. Make a furry friend

Hugo the St Bernard.

Visit STC Switzerland Travel Centre on stand 369 where you can meet the team who will be joined by a special guest – Hugo, the friendly St Bernard dog! The company has chosen to bring Hugo along as since the early 18th century, Augustinian monks living in the snowy St. Bernard Pass kept St. Bernard dogs to help them on their rescue missions after bad snowstorms. The breed has become a Swiss national dog and the cmpany says it’s only fitting to bring Hugo along with themto the show.


3. Free samples

Visit Condor Ferries on Travel Row and pick up some free samples. The company will be promoting it Poole to Guernsey group day trip where groups can likely pick up some duty free offers. The free samples will give you a little taste of what to expect if you take a future trip.

4. Happy hour

Visit the Group Leisure & Travel stand for ‘happy hour’.

Visit the Group Leisure & Travel team on stand 654 and enjoy some mocktails being served up to celebrate the magazine’s new name and look. Happy hour runs from 1pm until 3pm.

5. Partake in a sing along

Visit Dunwood Travel on stand 603 and take part in a sing along as the team host a live musical performance at the show from some of its entertainers. There’s also a chance to win a Murder Mystery holiday.

6. Scarf giveaway

Whitchurch Silk Mill will be hosting a silk scarf giveaway.

Visit Whitchurch Silk Mill on stand 663 and you’ll have the chance to win a silk scarf which has been woven on the silk mill’s Victorian looms. Just leave your business card for a chance to win.

Register to visit the GLTS

The annual show will host a wide and diverse range of exhibitors including top attractions, tourist boards and accommodation providers, ticketing agencies, coach companies and tour operators – all ready to look after groups.

You can register for free entry now. Find the simple Visitor Registration form at grouptravelshow.com/register – why wait?

Companies interested in exhibiting can telephone Sharon Yandell on 01908-613323 for more information or e-mail sharon.y@yandellmedia.com.