2015 was a stellar year for the Group Leisure & Travel Show, which took place on Thursday 22nd October at the NEC Birmingham and featured stands from the top attractions, tourist boards, accommodation providers, ticketing agencies, coach companies and tour operators in group travel.
The show’s busy aisles were filled with GTOs searching for new ideas for trips and holidays and exhibitors saw substantial sales come in on the day plus leads to follow up on.
The free Seminar Theatre sessions, meanwhile, attracted capacity crowds, and saw the likes of traveller and TV presenter Simon Reeve and TV gardener Joe Swift take to the stage.
Visitors were impressed by the rich variety of exhibitors at the show. “There really was a lot of different exhibitors,” said Derek Shipley from Sheffield U3A. “Everyone has been really helpful and it’s certainly given me some good ideas. When you’ve been doing trips in the same area for four to five years you start to run out of ideas, then you come to a show like this and you think yes, I can combine new things and there’s more to do than I thought. We’ll be booking something on the back of this.”
One visitor, Kenneth Johnson from After Eight Social Club discovered so many new ideas that he’s struggling to fit everything in to his schedule. “We’ve been spoilt for choice, we fancy west Somerset, north Wales, the Lake District, Derbyshire, Matlock. We’re definitely going to book trips based on what we’ve seen today. We’ve also found out about new ways to book theatre trips, which will change where we decide to go in the future.”
Exhibitors have also had a successful show with lots of bookings made based on face to face meetings with GTOs.
“We’ve already signed up some groups for next year and we’ve had a lot of interest in places like China, India and Sri Lanka. It’s wonderful that we can have a day where we can connect with everyone, it’s great to bounce ideas off visitors,” said Glen Thomas of Travelsphere.
P&J Chocolate Factory came all the way from Belgium to attend the show and have also made bookings on the day. Judy Lee said: “It’s our second year here and we’ve had a great response, people have been really interested in our chocolate workshops and we’ve seen some results in sales already.”
Put the date in your diary now for next year’s show – the big 20th anniversary Group Leisure & Travel Show will take place at the NEC Birmingham on Thursday 20th October.
If you’re interested in exhibiting at next year’s show call Sharon Yandell on 01908-613323 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Group Leisure & Travel Show is organised and staged by YPL Exhibitions, the events arm of the Yandell Media Group Ltd, based in Milton Keynes.
The company’s publishing division is behind such titles as Group Leisure, the UK’s number one monthly magazine for group travel organisers.
Whether you want more info about exhibiting or visiting, phone us or use the form below and we’ll get straight back to you.
Postal Address: YPL Exhibitions, P.O. Box 5299, Milton Keynes MK15 8BD
Visitor Hotline: 0845 130 7752
Show Organiser: Emma Cash, Telephone: +44(0)1908 613323
Exhibiting Info & Stand Availability: Sharon Yandell, Telephone: +44(0)1908 613323
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I think that there was a real buzz with stall holders keen and bright, and visitors eager to get everything covered. I have a sharp eye for what will intrigue my chums, something with an edge, something that’s not run of the mill. This is where the eye-to-eye benefit of exhibitions come into force. Jim Godsell & Friends