When and where? 11th October 2018 - Hall 19, NEC, Birmingham

Visitor Testimonials

Visitor Quotes from 2017

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“Right time, right place, excellent for planning next year!”

David Chatterley, Proprietor, Showcoach

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“An enjoyable time with lovely people and lots of ideas for group trips.”

Susan Holtom, Joint Social Secretary, National Grid Retired Association

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“Well worth the visit, very friendly and quality exhibitors – real added value for the day.”

Colin Watson, Vice President, Rotary International

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“Wonderful show, it’s been absolutely brilliant – thank you for putting it on.”

Giovanna Di Massa, GTO, E-Voyages group

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“The show is the highlight of my year – it honestly is. It’s the best show for trade for groups. It’s a brilliant place, you pick up ideas, it’s interesting, it is a must for group organisers. Brilliant day out, absolutely fantastic; this must be the tenth year I’ve come!”

Kathleen Oakley, GTO, Derek’s Tours

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“I find these shows very helpful for travel. You meet new people. The first trip we did this year was Kidderminster Carpet Museum and that was booked through last year’s GLTS. A lady from Dacorum last year recommended the Frogmore Paper Mill and I’ve finally been. Simon Calder was very interesting and I asked the first question! He was very good.”

William Read, GTO, Midland Association of Protection Scientists

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“I visited the show this year with the purpose of gaining extra useful information for my 2018 tour programme and I am happy to say that this achieved.”

Ian Tuer, Manager, K and B Travel

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“An excellent show in a convenient location with a good variety of exhibitors and an excellent seminar programme.”

Douglas Spencer, Group Tours Organiser, Matlock Travel Society

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“We had a very informative and enjoyable day. A pleasure to talk to helpful exhibitors who took time to answer our many questions.”

Richard Rose, Walk Co-ordinator, Worcester Ramblers

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“I had several first time meetings with excursion attractions and hotel groups, which gave me some excellent ideas for future tour programmes.””

James Smith, Product Administrator, Alfa Travel

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“It was my first visit to the show and it won’t be my last. As a group event organiser it is a very good one-stop shop, full of ideas for future events, day trips, holidays, etc. Well done to the organisers!”

John Twigg, Social Convenor, Sutton Coldfield Vesey Probus

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“I always get great satisfaction from visiting this show. I know I’m going to come away with ideas and information that will carry me through my outing and holiday programme for the following year.”

Jean Feiven, Co-ordinator Tesco RCC, Tesco Retired Colleagues Community

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“A good day. Great to meet so many different exhibitors and we got lots of ideas. We also booked a group trip for 2018 with Cairngorm Travel which looks likely to be in the region of 100 members.”

Sheila Furniss, Chairwoman and Events Organiser, 1943

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“Once again I really enjoyed the show and found plenty of ideas for places to visit and take short breaks. There seemed to be more varied suppliers this time so I met a few more representatives to talk to face to face and pick up information. My group will be surprised to see what I have to suggest next year – who would have thought they could mint their own money!”

Brenda Redmile, GTO, Gardening Friends.

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“I come every year and book about 20 trips a year, nearly all of which is booked through this show. Waddesdon Manor, we’re doing in December, we’ve done Woburn Abbey and Bletchley, we try and do a railway each year too. We’d love to consider Potters Resort in the future. I’m always booking theatre, especially through Ticketmaster”

Hazell Rolinson, GTO, Friends and Neighbours

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“The standard is very high and is a must on my programme of show visits where I can obtain all the information required for planning a full year of travel itineraries”

Graham Hannen, Group Travel Organiser, Probus Travel of Sandbach

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“It’s our first time here and it’s been so helpful and has lots of useful information. The speakers have been great. We particularly enjoyed Chris Beardshaw as what he talked about was very relevant to us. It’s been a lovely day!”

Susan Moss, Oxford NHS Retirement Fellowships

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“Great show. Lovely meeting up with feĺlow group organisers and meeting in person those who we deal with over telephone and mail. Picked up some good contacts. Well worth the visit.”

Barry R Whitehouse. MBE, Chairman/Organiser, Bloomfield Over 50’s Club

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“It was lovely to talk to exhibitors to get ideas, and also to speak to those whose attractions I have already been to with my group to let them know how much we enjoyed them, and to hopefully let other interested people talking to them know how good they are from an independent source.”

Sue Beneke, Outings Organiser, Evesham & District U3A

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“It’s our first time at this event. We won tickets for the Awards that took place last night and which was a fabulous event. We had no idea just how much involvement there is in group travel. It’s opened our eyes. The entertainment at the awards was fabulous and so was the food and wine. It felt like the Oscars.”

Pauline Griffiths, GTO, Marston Green 50+

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“A very interesting day. Able to talk to virtually all exhibitors who were enthusiastic but not pushy about their products. Attended two seminars and would have done the others had there been time! Many thanks!”

Amanda Barns, Trip Organiser, Gloucestershire U3A

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“It’s such a good place for new GTOs to get an understanding for what’s happening their area to discover. I have been for several years and it’s always a great show”

Andy Booth, GTO

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“Hunts Coaches met fellow industry specialists at the event and the seminars provided a fresh take. The show provides inspiration and good contacts.”

Lindsay Linder, Business Development and Marketing Manager, Hunts Coaches

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“Not-to-be-missed opportunity if you are a small-to-medium groups organiser.”

Helen Bilinska, Chairman, Hanover Court (London) Limited

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“Good show. Excellent for meeting the people from their organisations. Enjoyed the celebrity speakers.”

Lin Ashby, Treasurer / Programme organiser, Tetbury Theatre Group

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“Another excellent show, thoughtfully planned. The seminars are a great addition to the show.”

Mrs. Christine James, Owner, CMJ Group Travel

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“My visit to the Group Leisure and Travel Show 2017 was a most pleasant and informative occasion. It was great to talk face to face with the exhibitors and to gain many fresh ideas for group visits.”

Janice Whitmore, Group Travel Organiser, Crewe and Nantwich U3A

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“The Group Leisure & Travel Show is a very valuable tool and comes at the right time of year. I personally use it to catch up with current suppliers, to discover new ideas and personally meet current contacts.”

Geoff Allen, Principal, Travallen Travel & Events

Visitor Quotes from 2016

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“The Group Leisure Show at the NEC set the benchmark from which the group travel organisers gauge the quality of today’s industry.”

John Flynn, Treasurer, Role On

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“Many new attractions in attendance made my voluntary job as meetings co-ordinator more enjoyable and an opportunity to try new ideas”

Les Millington, Meetings Coordinator, Friends Of The Black Country Museum

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“A lovely way to meet old friends from both sides of the spectrum and interesting to find some new ideas.”

Pauline Sutherland, Outings Organiser, Womens Horticultural Society

Register to visit the show

You can register to visit the GLTS and by doing so now, take advantage of our free parking offer, which can save £16 * - so why wait? Click the link below to complete the simple registration process and then make sure 11th October is in your diary.

* Pre-register before the 1st September 2018 and attend on the 11th October 2018 to take advantage of this offer. Terms and conditions apply.

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“The Group Leisure & Travel Show for Group Travel organisers is a MUST. You can’t beat this event for ideas, for suggestions of places to visit, you can talk to the people from the areas you think might be a good idea to include in your next programme. Get valuable information, contacts. It’s an event we look forward to every year. We come away ‘buzzing’ with ideas for our next programme – it makes our job easy, places to visit, suggestions, events, tips, advice and a bacon butty too!. (Incidentally we also took advantage of a GLT trip to Gloucester and then used our experience to take a 5 day tour to the area and still getting the Thank you letters).”

Kath Oakley, Company Secretary, Derek’s Tours

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“A great and comprehensive show with a good variety of exhibitors, both previous and new. The ability to explore new avenues for our one day visits was very good. The seminars were very interesting and enjoyable, although we could not attend them all! It was a good opportunity to renew acquaintances and be able to comment on past and forthcoming Group Days Out. The central location of the venue is a definite plus with plenty of room to circulate and, of course, the free parking offer. We will definitely be registering to attend again in 2017.”

Douglas Spencer, Group Tour Organiser/Hon Secretary

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“Good experience, great meeting up with the varied exhibitors especially those who we have dealt with. Collected some good contacts for future.”

Barry Whitehouse MBE, Chairman/Organiser, Bloomfield Over 50S Club

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“Once again the Group Leisure Show has given me all the ideas I need to plan my 2017 diary be it days out or holidays and I can guarantee my members will thoroughly enjoy themselves.”

Jean Feiven, Coordinator, Tesco Retired Staff Association

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“As my wife & I organise trips and festive events for both our Walking & Bowling Club, we look to the Leisure Show for ideas, and any special offers”

Mike Giles, Chairman, Cotswold Rambling Club

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“I found the show easy to get to from Oxford, car parking was easy, all the people on show stands happy to chat even if it was not something you had planned to look at. The variety of stands very good something for everyone, from days out to holidays, lots of ideas, and most were happy to make tailor-made plans for your groups. I would recommend anyone to take a look at what out there on offer.”

Kyri Vassilas, Group Sales Coordinator, Bhlive

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“Nice day out to meet suppliers and gain lots of ideas, loved the free car parking and bacon butty for breakfast, recently did the wedding show £12 to park and food was expensive, so well done all who organised, helped, sponsored. Will visit again next year for sure.”

Vicky Hadley, Mcc Personal Travel Agent

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“Great show for meeting and getting new ideas”

Margaret Simm, Luxury Travel Consultant, Group & School Travel Consultancy

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“Good show. Plenty of room to talk with Exhibitors.”

Joan Hanks, Events Coordinator, St Andrews Llc

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“An excellent show for Group Travel Organisers”

William J Read, Hon Sec, Stafford Historical & Civic Society

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“I found the show both interesting and rewarding. It’s always great to catch up with established contacts and take the opportunity to meet new ones. The free car park ticket was much appreciated and the friendliness of our hosts is to be commended.”

Geoff Allen, Principal, Travallan Travel & Events

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“Enjoyed the talks by Eric Knowles, Scam expert and guy from Homes under the Hammer. scam expert very interesting and as I’m doing Neighbourhood Watch I asked him few questions. Also met Eric Knowles and he has been to my Antiques club to give talk, nice man.”

Shirley Ward, GTO, Shirley Tours

GLTS Video Highlights

See the video review of the 2017 Group Leisure & Travel Show.

It gives you a flavour for the event, with comments from exhibitors, visitors, celebrity speakers and organisers.

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“Very pleasant atmosphere – everyone seemed to be in a good mood and anxious to help”

Tony Milhofer, MD, Routes To Suit Travel Ltd

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“Found it to be really useful. The talks were fascinating and I met lots of new contacts.”

Mel Robson, Heritage Product Manager, Just Go Holidays

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“Planning for 2017? This is the show to be at.”

David Chatterley, Proprietor, Showcoach

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“My first visit to the Group Leisure & Travel Show and what a fantastic day. Came away with loads of ideas and inspiration! Really enjoyed the seminars too! A great day – thank you.”

Amy Goodfellow, Office Assistant, Robin Hood Travel Ltd

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“This was a good opportunity to get ideas for hotels and locations I had not been aware of previously and gave me more information about destinations I did not know much about previously. I found it useful.”

Jane Pomfrey-Jones, British Branch Sec, European Association Of Machine Tool Merchants

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“I travelled to the Group Leisure & Travel Show 2016 as a visitor; I found the show beneficial with the onward development of my group tour business in mind. I’m now considering exhibiting at the 2017 event.”

Duncan Maclean, Tour Operator, Invergordon Bus Tours

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“We always manage to come home with some new ideas, that we haven’t considered before. It’s always worth a visit.”

Joanne Boxley, Support Manager, Halas Homes

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“I had a really enjoyable day at the show. Was great speaking to familiar faces and also making new contacts. I’ve got lots of new ideas for our holiday and day trip programme.”

Rachel Lindsay, Travel Centre Manager, Reays Coaches

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“Informative experience and meeting in person some of the exhibitors.”

Beryl Carr, Travel & Outings Organiser, Buckingham U3A And Carr Group Travel

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“With small clusters of stands, the show was easy to navigate and find suitable suppliers for our needs.”

Robin Findlay, Chairman/CEO, Ruby Mear Group Of Companies

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“Great show. Met new people and new ideas for group travel.”

Hilary Beckett, Theatre Outings, MK U3A

Please get in touch

Show Organiser:
Emma Cash,
Telephone: +44(0)1908 613323

 

Exhibiting Info & Stand Availability: Sharon Yandell, Telephone: +44(0)1908 613323