The best yet!
The fourth annual GO Travel Show welcomed over 550 buyers to Kempton Park Racecourse on 16th April.
Visitors networked with 125 exhibitors to discover great inspiration for future trips. Visitors and exhibitors alike were delighted with the layout and welcoming environment, which made it easy to do business.
Darryl Murdoch, Event Director, GO Travel Show:
I am delighted with the progress we’ve made with the GO Travel Show. A big thank you to the Jockey Club, sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, character actors and visitors for making the event such a success.
This year’s event was a real step forward for the show, delivering quality visitors to a sold out set of stands in a relaxed environment as well as keeping those visitors busy with top class FAM trips in the local area.
Feedback has been excellent, and we’re looking forward to taking things even further in 2020. We already have over 20 stands re-booked at the time of press!
During the show GTOs were able to sign up for three fam trips. Thank you to Music Heritage London, the Jockey Club and RHS for supporting these.
A sample tour on the Music Heritage London Swinging 60s Bus visited nearby Richmond. During the trip, GTOs listened to 60s classics and learnt about links to the musical legends of the era.
VIP tours of Kempton Park Racecourse took GTOs behind the scenes to explore areas such as the weighing room and the jockeys’ vast changing room! GTO’s Tom Daldry joined one of tours and was impressed by the judging room and learning how captured images are used to decide the winner when races are very close.
After the GO Travel Show, Editor, Val Baynton joined GTOs for an exclusive trip to the RHS Garden Wisley. She says, ‘After tea and cakes we had a preview of the new Visitor Reception area, due to open in June. This bright and spacious area will ensure all visitors receive a warm welcome and pre-booked groups will be fast tracked. Alongside, a large gift shop, café and outdoor plant nursery will be open to groups without paying for admission to the gardens, and its good location close to the A3 and M25, makes it a good refreshment stop too. There was time to visit the beautiful gardens, and with evening birdsong we found this was a most peaceful way to end what had been a very busy day!’
Mingling with celebrities...
During the day GTOs could mix with famous characters and there were lots of chances for a selfie or two!
Sybil Faulty takes a break at the Interactive Theatre Dining Experiences stand, and Manuel from Faulty Towers the Dining Experience caused amusement at every turn!
Del Boy and Rodney from Only Fools the Cushty Dining Experience meet the cast from Wicked, who also mixed with GTOs around the show.
Bringing the past to life
During the Show there were many chances to learn about the past – from the Witches and Wizards at Black Knight Historical and from Florence Nightingale who roamed around the show chatting to visitors.
In the Nigel Clarke Suite, four presentations over the course of the afternoon were well attended and visitors really enjoyed learning about the Florence Nightingale Museum, from the Lady of the Lamp herself and about the secrets of the Swinging 60s from Mike Berry and Paul Endacott from Music Heritage London.
Meanwhile, Luciana Haill presented Augmented Reality Apparitions, and Kris Hendrix talked about the new Dambusters experience at the Royal Air Force Museum London. Afternoon tea was served at 4.00pm.
“I thought the innovation of the four presentations together with the afternoon tea was well thought out and added to the event.”
Michael Taylor, Wokingham Stroke Club
What the exhibitors said...
“The venue and the quality of other exhibitors in attendance were both impressive.”
Ellie Fulcher, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
“A great exhibition at Kempton Park. The feedback from existing customers was exceptional.”
Gavin Davies, Groups Direct
“Great show as ever, we would like to rebook for next year”
Ellen Walker, Travel Editions Group Travel
“Once again a very good show for us with lots of new and repeat business possibilities – great venue.”
Pauline McBride, Sussex Prairie Gardens
“We were busy all day with a good level of interest from GTOs. Being able to also speak with other exhibitors with whom we may partner, is a real bonus. Please can you reserve the same stand space for us for 2020?”
Linda Shelton, National Gardens Scheme
“Thank you very much for the opportunity to work with you. Visitors seemed to like our free maps, walks and historic information about the area. I was completely talked out by the end of the day. It was constant all day!”
Chris Howard, Visit Surrey
GTOs enjoy our 30th birthday tea
At the end of this year's GO Travel Show we celebrated our 30th birthday of GTO Magazine with a tea party for GTOs attending the show, providing the chance to relax with a cuppa, scones and a cake, and to chat with some of the suppliers from the show.
During the tea we also asked GTOs three questions to gain their thoughts: about their best group trip; what they have liked most about the magazine and any messages to mark our birthday.
“Happy 30th, well deserved!”
“Keep going for another 30 years.”
“Please organise something equally good for your 60th!”
“Long may you continue to circulate.”
“Congratulations on your Pearl! ... many magazines finish after three issues!”
“Keep up the good work supporting group organisers to achieve success.”
“Keep up the good standards of the magazine.”