Taking place on Tuesday 17th April from 10.30am until 4.00pm at Kempton Park Racecourse, the GO Travel Show will provide GTOs with the chance to talk face to face with exhibitors representing destinations, heritage attractions, historic houses, river and ocean cruising, accommodation suppliers, tour operators, gardens, animals attractions and many more.
With a month to go until it starts, we are making the final preparations in anticipation of welcoming hundreds of GTOs and travel trade professionals to the event.
Without doubt you will get plenty of inspiration for future days out and holidays and at the same time a range of activities and interactive experiences taking place during the day will mean you will have an enjoyable day.
Darryl Murdoch, Show Director and Commercial Manager
“With over 100 exhibitors signed up, and more to follow, I’ve been absolutely blown away with the level of response from the travel trade for this year’s GO Travel Show.
“Building on the success of the previous two events, we are on track to deliver our biggest and best exhibition yet. Exhibitors such as Brooklands Museum, SS Great Britain, CroisiEurope River Cruises, Coca-Cola London Eye, Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE London and The Bluebell Railway have booked stands over the past few weeks.
“I’m delighted with the variety of exhibitors we have in this year’s line-up – the goal was to make the event an ‘experience rather than an exhibition’ and these fantastic attractions waiting for you to talk to on the day, plus a few surprises in store, means we’re on the “right track” to deliver on that promise.”
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Historical Hampton Court
The former home of King Henry VIII is a group travel staple. GTOs can enjoy a 30-minute guided tour with a State Apartment Warder plus free time to enjoy the Palace and Gardens at your own leisure – until they close at 6.00 pm. Includes return transport from the GO Travel Show provided by our Official Transport Partners.
Kew Gardens taster experience
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is only half an hour from Kempton Park and we have arranged an exclusive Fam trip for a select number of GTOs after the GO Travel Show. The trip includes entry to the Gardens, a driver-guided tour on the Kew Explorer (a hop-on, hop-off land train) and cream tea served in one of the fabulous restaurants/cafés.
There will also be some free time to explore the Gardens on their own until they close at 7.00pm. Return coach transfers are available from the GO Travel Show provided by our Official Transport Partners.
Behind the scenes at The Races
The fascinating life of a racecourse from the Jockey’s Changing Rooms and the Parade Ground to the Royal Box will be revealed on a behind the scenes tour of the 140 year old Kempton Park Racecourse.
Organised by racing specialist Groups on Track and courtesy of the Jockey Club, the tours will also include the Raceday Restaurant, Weighing Rooms and Winners Enclosure and will give you a real insight into what happens on race day at Kempton Park.
Tours will take place on the hour from 11.00am until 4.00pm and will last around 40 minutes.
An introduction to our Local Host
Visit Surrey is the official tourist organisation that promotes Surrey in partnership with The University of Surrey, Department of Hospitality & Tourism and the Surrey Local Authorities.
Visit Surrey promotes all the best visitor experiences in the county, from Surrey’s internationally famous gardens, Brooklands Motor Museum, Art Galleries, Museums, to activities in the stunning countryside of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Make a beeline to the Visit Surrey stand to pick up a free Surrey map highlighting all the top attractions in the county and for advice about how to plan a future trip for your group.
MINGLE WITH CELEBRITIES
Courtesy of Black Knight Historical famous figures from British history will be attending the show. Look out for personalities making guest appearances such as King Henry VIII, a suffragette and veteran soldiers.
Walk and talk with showgirls from the London Burlesque Festival where the most eclectic and diverse acts push the boundaries of alternative cabaret and contemporary vaudeville to the max, showcasing the electric atmosphere of an unbeatable night out and bringing some of that buzz to the GO Travel Show.
Meet with acclaimed producer Chaz Royal on the London Burlesque Festival stand and see how your group can experience something different in 2018!
Attending and performing at the show courtesy of Isle of Wight Tours will be the fantastic City of Southampton Albion Brass Band. Their repertoire of stirring arrangements of all time classics and modern favourites will put a spring in your step!
SAY HI TO THE TEAM!
All the team from GTO will be there and happy to share their ideas for trips based on their recent travels around the country and knowledge of latest offers!
DAVID URQUHART TRAVEL SHOW OFFER
David Urquhart Travel will be offering GTOs on the day the fantastic opportunity to book a place to experience the great Medieval Festival, held at Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex on 26th August for one day for free.
This fabulous festival plays host to over 15,000 visitors every August Bank Holiday weekend. To find out more including local pick up points and to book a place see the team on the stand.
The Royal Engineers Museum at Gillingham in Kent is a fascinating venue for a club or society outing and is relatively unknown amongst group organisers despite being Kent’s largest military museum.
At this hidden gem your group can discover the story of the Corps of Royal Engineers and how they have helped the British Army live, move and fight for over 300 years.
Visit the stand to discover what you can see at this museum of historical and international importance, from 25 Victoria Crosses, Wellington’s map of Waterloo to an amazing collection of bridge-laying tanks.
A WICKED WEST END SHOW!
“The gravity-defying ‘Wizard of Oz’ prequel” (Time Out London) is the recipient of 10 theatregoer-voted WhatsOnStage Awards (winning ‘Best West End Show’ on three occasions) and two Olivier Audience Awards. Acclaimed as “a world class West End musical with stunning spectacle, a heart-warming story and unforgettable songs” (Official London Theatre), WICKED is already the 15th longest running show in London theatre history.
Find out more about what makes it such a success and how to include it in your upcoming programme on the made stand.
HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT
Don’t forget to have your picture taken on the famous green bench and discover details of the Vote 100 exhibition with the chance to see a preview of some of the planned exhibits.
2019 CRUISE BROCHURE RELEASED
Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) is marking the beginning of its 10th year of operations with a strong 2019 cruise programme preview brochure.
The latest booking promotions and discounts for groups, for parties of 12 upwards plus cruise itineraries including the 75th Anniversary of D-Day will be available from the team at the show.
MAKE A DATE! LIVE
Unique to the GO Travel Show is Make a Date Live. Reflecting the content of the section that appears in every issue of the magazine, Event and Entertainments editor, Fiona Horan, will be on hand to help visitors understand the incredible range of theatrical and other dramatic performances now available and where and how to source tickets and deals.
Meet talented performers for a sneaky insight into shows and find out the latest details and dates for upcoming shows.
Fascinating talks with opportunities to quiz experts in tourism will be a show highlight. Speakers lined up are Catherine Skeggs, entrepreneur and organiser of fun events and activities and Steve Plummer from Holidays & Cruises who will share his extensive knowledge of how best to organise a cruise of the rivers and oceans of the world for your group.
KENT ATTRACTIONS (ATAK)
Over 60 ideas for great group trips are featured in the ATAK’s ‘Best Places to Visit in Kent’ leaflet which contains a map. GTOs who call by the stand can ask for a complimentary pass to assist in planning visits and meet a variety of attractions including Kent Life.
Mill Rythe Holiday Village has a stellar line-up of stars confirmed for its breaks throughout 2018 as well as a bumper batch of Turkey and Tinsel experiences for the festive season, a number of new shows and dedicated Christmas lunch experiences for GTOs for the first time.
The stars include Ruby Turner, Gareth Gates, Aled Jones MBE and the Olivier Award-nominated hit West End show, ‘Eric and Little Ern’ with more to be confirmed. There are 10 Turkey and Tinsel breaks this year, starting on 29 October, and new for this year, are dedicated Christmas lunches for GTOs. New and updated shows include ‘Ready Steady Sixties’ and the ‘Mill Rythe Christmas Spectacular.’
TRAVELSPHERE GROUPS SHOW OFFER
Travelsphere will have an exclusive GO Travel Show offer on late departures for 2018 tours.
Book your group onto any tour departing before 31st July to receive an additional GO Travel Show discount of £50pp PLUS a £50 Travelsphere voucher for yourself to use towards a future group or individual holiday.
What’s more no minimum numbers applies to this offer! See Glen or Rebecca on the Travelsphere Groups stand for more information. Terms & conditions apply.
CROISIEUROPE’S NEW SHIPS, ITINERARIES AND DESTINATIONS
Learn the latest news from Europe’s largest river cruise operator, CroisiEurope. From new ships, new itineraries including safari cruises in South Africa and on Canada’s St Lawrence river to paddlewheel ships, GTOs are encouraged to visit the stand to learn more about the passion that has made the company stand out for more than 42 years, and why 60% of customers return.
Amongst the cruises on offer are trips along the River Po in Italy, the Tiza in Hungary and many other beautiful waterways with excursions that bring history and culture to life.
HERITAGE IN BRISTOL
Bristol Packet Boat Trips and Brunel’s SS Great Britain will be at the show with all the latest information about visits to these two attractions. The team will introduce the new national museum, Being Brunel, which will take visitors on a journey through Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s extraordinary life and achievements.
Discounted group rates offer entry to all parts of Brunel’s SS Great Britain, including Being Brunel. Bespoke guided tours and behind-the-scenes sessions with curatorial staff can be pre-booked. Cruises around the historic Bristol harbour include entertaining commentaries and options such as delicious cream teas can be booked.
SUSSEX TOP ATTRACTIONS
Members of this group include the National Trust and English Heritage, castles, stately homes, gardens, steam railways, wildlife attractions, beach and family fun, working museums… in fact, so much that’s entertaining and exciting from all over Sussex, making for some great days out.
Visit the Sussex Top Attractions stand and bona–fide GTOs can claim a complimentary Trade Pass. This enables two people to visit free of charge a selection of six Sussex attractions for familiarisation visits.
Who will visit?
The show targets a wide range of group travel buyers, tour and coach operators and travel trade professionals. GTO magazine has been instrumental in delivering quality audiences at exhibitions for over two decades and this year’s event will deliver another great result and we will be partnering with a range of professional travel and tourism organisations to deliver a show with a difference!
We will ensure a visitor base of around 800 quality attendees comprising:
- Group Travel Organisers representing all types of clubs and associations, including staff associations, special interest groups, sports and social clubs.
- Tour and Coach Operators and Trip Planners
- Event Organisers
- Teachers and Youth Group Organisers
- Incoming Overseas Operators and Travel Trade Professionals
Visitors will be invited to attend this FREE entry event through advertising and editorial exposure in GTO magazine, other trade media coverage, and online and social network promotion.
FLEXIBLE GREAT VALUE EXHIBITOR OPTIONS
The hall will be split into three areas made up of table top/pop ups, shell schemes and a special features area with freestyle options.
WHO SHOULD EXHIBIT...
Visitor Attractions Accommodation Providers, Destinations, Event Promoters, Tour Operators, Transport and Travel Service Suppliers, Ferry and Cruise Lines, Ticketing and Booking Agents and all other tourism and travel suppliers interested in the groups material.
WHAT YOU WILL ACHIEVE...
You will meet group buyers face to face giving an excellent opportunity to connect on a personal level, receive promotion in GTO magazine and the chance to package exhibition space with advertising and editorial support find new customers and develop your group travel packages based on ‘on the spot’ feedback.
We have designed the exhibitor options to reflect a range of budgets and there is no need to take a shell scheme with our table top and pop up stand choices. Prices start from £495 + VAT, with options of special space for features areas also available!
Travel trade suppliers from all aspects of the group travel world are rapidly signing up for the GO Travel Show and all sectors from destinations, historic properties, gardens, river trips, wildlife attractions, accommodation suppliers, to tour, cruise transport and coach operators will be represented.
There’ll be a special focus on the immediate area of south west London featuring the well and lesser known attractions to give you some fresh inspiration of trips you can plan for your group to this part of the city.
For further information and to book a stand please use our exhibitor booking form or contact Darryl Murdoch firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07983 637844
Visitor Registration is now open. Please book online to secure your place or contact Julie Hart at email@example.com
We are arranging FREE coaches covering different routes to Kempton Park from across the south and west of the country. View our full list of coach journeys and pickup times.
Who will be there?
A small selection of who will be there...
- Away Resorts/Mill Rythe Holiday Village
- Constantinou Bros Hotels
- Warner Leisure Hotels
- Yarn Market Hotel
- Dunster in Exmoor
- Poole Tourism
- Saffron Walden
- Sussex Top Attractions
- Visit Faversham
Historic Houses and Gardens
- Belmont House & Gardens
- Borde Hill Gardens
- Brogdale Collections
- Greenwood Forest Park
- Historic Royal Palaces
- Oxford Castle Unlocked
- Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
- Royal Horticultural Society
- Sussex Prairies Gardens
Museums and Attractions
- Houses of Parliament
- London Museum of Water and Steam
- Marwell Zoo
- Poole Attractions
- Royal Albert Hall
- Musical Museum at Kew Bridge
- Arena Travel
- Daish’s Holidays
- David Urquhart Travel
- Great Days Travel Group
- Harry Shaw, IOW Tours
- Norman Allen Group Travel
- Travel Editions
- British Tourism & Travel Show
- Condor Ferries
- French Bros
- Jockey Club Groups
The excellent facilities in the Kempton Park grandstand will form the focus of the show's exhibition proposition