Nurturing great trip ideas
The GO Travel Show Southport took place in the Floral Hall at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on 30th September and was a successful forum enabling exhibitors and GTOs to network and exchange ideas.
Elizabeth Mounser who helped to organise the show for Landor Travel Publications said:
‘We welcomed a varied range of exhibitors from across the North and further afield as well as near to Southport, and the GTOs attending the show discovered many ideas for their group programmes and how trips and holidays could be tailored to their needs.
‘Special thanks are due to David Ogden Coaches and Globe Holidays who provided coaches to help GTOs attend the show and to the exceptionally helpful team at Southport Theatre & Convention Centre who ensured the show went without a hitch and organised backstage tours around the centre throughout the show. I’d also like to thank our show partner Visit Southport, headed up by Steve Christian, for their hard work in organising the show and for the familiarisation trip, which was also supported by the Jockey Club at Haydock Racecourse and Southport’s Royal Clifton Hotel.’
Heritage for all!
Exhibiting alongside the Carnforth Heritage Centre was Leighton Hall and Bay Tourism demonstrating the strong visitor offer of this part of Lancashire. Whilst over the Pennines, Bronte Parsonage Museum and the Keighley & Worth Valley railway offered ideas for groups visiting Haworth. GTOs were also able to learn about the latest developments and exhibitions at Durham Cathedral. Meanwhile, the team from Visit Stoke focused on visits to the Potteries with its unique ceramic heritage.
Showcase for Southport
GTOs were able to discover Southport’s rich and varied tourism offer combining its traditional seafront with an elegant town centre and the events programme, which includes activities such as the Arts Festival, Southport Flower Show and the British Musical Fireworks Championship. Coach Welcome Hosts can be booked for every group visit to the town and benefits include a discount voucher booklet for every member of your group. Southport Pleasureland was also at the show with details of group visits to the family friendly attraction.
Steve Christian, Destination Development Manager
“We were really pleased with the quality of the visitors this year, we made many new contacts and met ‘old friends’. We’re in favour of one-day shows – one busy day, less time out of the office really works for us.”
2018 ideas invited
We are now planning venues and dates for 2020’s GO Travel Shows for the North and Midlands, which will build on the success of this year to highlight the rich tourism offer of these parts of the country. If you would be interested in partnering with us to host the show, please contact Val Baynton on firstname.lastname@example.org.