Group Leisure & Travel Show 2015: preview
Date Posted: 07/10/2015
Everything you need to know about the GLTS 2015, Britain’s most important group travel event, from the free bacon butties to reduced rail travel fares.
Thursday 22nd October from 10am to 4pm
The Group Leisure & Travel Show 2015 takes place in Hall 8 of the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, one of Britain's leading event venues.
Admission is easy
Entry to the show is free and you can register to visit by filling in the registration ticket that’s included in recent editions of Group Leisure and a variety of other travel press.
Alternatively, you can sign up online at www.leisureshow.com/register.
Register before the 16th October and you’ll be entitled to a few early-bird perks, like free parking - see below for more info.
Or, just turn up on the day and sign-up then.
There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but a free breakfast exists. Every visitor who arrives at the GLTS by 11am can tuck in to a free bacon butty, sponsored by Majestic, the coach holiday specialists.
Pictured: A visitor takes advantage of the free bacon butties.
Hall 8 of the NEC is accessible by road, rail and air.
Rail: The NEC is right next to Birmingham International train station. If your train does not go straight to Birmingham International, you can catch a connection at Birmingham New Street.
Road: The NEC is in an ideal location for car travel – eight miles east of Birmingham city centre, and at the heart of the UK motorway network.
Air: Birmingham International Airport (BHX) is just a few miles from the NEC. Air Rail links run regularly to Birmingham International train station.
Free coach transport
If you pre-book, you can catch the coach to the GLTS 2015, for free. Seats are allocated on a first-come first-served basis and the routes are as follows…
7.30am: St Pancras International, London
8.30am: Watford Rugby Club
8.55am: Holiday Inn, Hemel Hempstead
9.30am: Milton Keynes Coachway, M1 J14
7.30am: Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool
8.00am: Central Station, Warrington
8.20am: Kingsway Hotel, Widnes
9.30am: Keele Services, M6
7.00am: Wetherby Services, A1
Times are subject to change and availability.
You must pre-book your seat. To do so go to leisureshow.com/coach-transport.
Reduced rail fares
Visitors travelling to the Group Leisure & Travel Show by train can bag 25 per cent off advance fares with Virgin Trains. The discount is available on train tickets to the NEC via the West Coast Mainline.
Show visitors just need to book their train travel online through the NEC Venues section of the Virgin Trains website, and the discount will be automatically applied to their booking.
On the day of the event, you’ll need to make sure you have confirmation that you’re attending the Group Leisure & Travel Show on you when you board your train.
For more information about the discount call 0333-103 1031 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Group Leisure magazine is offering free parking to all visitors who register before 16th October. Don’t pay for a ticket before you visit the show, instead head to the Group Leisure stand (529) to get your voucher to exit the car park for free.
The Premier Lounge
This area has been reserved for nominated visitors. Members of the Premier Club can relax in the lounge with free refreshments and newspapers. A complimentary light lunch will also be available here.
In the Seminar Theatre
In 2014 a new improved Seminar Theatre was launched at the Group Leisure & Travel Show with the aim of giving GTOs the chance to listen to both experts and famous faces talk about their areas of expertise – for free.
Last year’s seats filled up so fast that we’re continuing the concept through to 2015. Only this year you can expect even more big names on the line-up – with specialists ranging from top cruise journalists to television travel stars.
The first seminar starts at 11.15am and places in the audience are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
GLTS 2015 seminar programme and timings
Saving money and getting value with groups
An expert’s guide to ocean and river cruise holidays
A Q&A with Simon Reeve
TV Gardening & Chelsea Flower Show Gold
How to choose the right tour operator
Meet the speakers
Simon Reeve (pictured above)
Simon Reeve is an adventurer, TV presenter and bestselling author with a passion for travel, wildlife and history. He’ll be hosting a Q&A session, in which members of the audience get the opportunity to ask him their own questions. Why not grill him on what it was like to explore the remote islands of the Indian Ocean or what he experienced when he went to the more extreme regions of the Caribbean?
Internationally recognised, Jasmine Birtles is a financial expert, TV presenter, author and journalist. You might recognise her face from This Morning, BBC Breakfast or The Wright Stuff. At the show she’ll be giving tips on how to save money and get value with groups.
Joe Swift (pictured above)
TV gardener and presenter and garden designer, Joe Swift, will talk about working on Gardeners’ World and the RHS Flower Shows. Why not take this opportunity to ask him about his favourite public gardens in the UK?
Jane Archer is one of the country’s leading cruise experts and an award-winning journalist. She writes for Telegraph Travel as well as Cruise Magazine, included with Group Leisure every quarter. Jane is an expert on both river and ocean cruising and has sailed around everywhere from the Galapagos Islands to Vietnam.
Nick Greenfield is from the European Tour Operators Association and has worked in travel for 19 years and also guided groups in more than 20 countries. He’ll be taking on the difficult topic of how to choose the right tour operator.