Welcome to the Official Website for the Group Travel Organisers Association
The GTOA is an independent organisation representing the interests of those who organise tours and trips for groups as well as those who provide services for group travel.
The Association has over 200 supplier members that provide GTOs with information on everything from tours, hotels and destinations to museums, galleries, gardens and attractions.
Our supplier members can support you with organising day trips, overnights, short haul or long haul excursions as well as offering exclusive fam trips and educationals. For more information just click on the 'Special Offers' link below.
The GTOA also offers our Organiser members an exclusive Organisers Liability Insurance Scheme as well as free legal advice and much more.
The GTOA - The Organisation For Organisers!
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GTOA Notice Board
GTOA AGM 2016 - Bookings now open!
GTOA Showcase 2016
Save the date!
The GTOA Showcase Weekend will be held Friday 28th - Sunday 30th October 2016. Details of the location and an outline programme will be available soon.
Recent Articles Appearing In the Press
GTOA'S Chief Executive wrote an article for Group Travel World magazine regarding groups visitng television and film set locations. Read the full article here
Group Travel World magazine's Amy Moore attended the GTOA Showcase Weekend in Newcastle. Read her article here
Events Diary & Trade Shows 2015/16
GTOA attends all the major trade shows during the year. It also exhibits at many of the regional trade events. For the latest Events Diary listing, click here
Excursions™ 2016 - In association with VisitEngland’s ‘2016 Year of the English Garden’ and to mark the 300th anniversary of ‘Capability’ Brown’s birth, some of England’s most beautiful gardens will be showcased in a feature area at the Excursions™ 2016 group travel trade show, which will be held at Alexandra Palace, North London on Saturday, 23rd January (10.30am-4pm).
The Royal Horticultural Society will also be involved with a beautiful winter garden filled with camellias, winter orchids and climbing plants, plus a stunning visual display of some of the finest planting designs and combinations from RHS Gardens. The RHS team will be on hand to share gardening advice and explain more about their ‘Greening Grey Britain’ campaign, which aims to transform hard grey areas into living, planted places that enrich lives. There will also be a series of practical demonstrations and talks packed with inspirational ideas for group experiences.
Group organisers, operators and itinerary planners can pre-register their attendance to this free entry exhibition online at www.excursions2016.com . With an expected attendance of 1300 quality buyers and some 300 exhibitors from the UK and Europe, Excursions™ 2016 will be the place to meet and pick up new inspiration for group day trips, short breaks and holidays.
Congratulations to Shirley Ward who has been awarded the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for voluntary service to the community in Upminster and Cranham, Essex. A Shirley Tours group visit to the Palace for the investiture?
Group Leisure Awards 2015
GTOA CEO Mike Bugsgang presented the Association’s sponsored category award for ‘Excellence’ at the Group Leisure Awards held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel . Pictured on stage are (l to r) Mike Bugsgang, winner Mandy Hill of Dunwood Travel and television travel presenter Simon Reeve.
'River Cruises' With Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines in 2016
Set sail from Southampton on a relaxing 'River Cruise" with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines in 2016. For the first time Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Braemar will be based in Southampton for six months, more details here
Cruise in England - FAM Cruises & Group Discounts
English Holiday Cruises offer all-inclusive cruise holidays in the Cotswolds Severn Vale aboard their 4-star Hotel Boat, Edward Elgar. This is the largest Hotel Boat on Britain’s inland waters, accommodating 22 people in 11 twin en-suite cabins. Cruise to a new destination every day and enjoy guided tours at every stop. Enjoy glorious views, spacious accommodation, delicious meals, friendly companionship and conversation, and full service from a kind and caring crew.
Experience our offer with a FAM trip, which includes
Car Parking at our home port of Gloucester
Round-trip transportation to the vessel
Dinner, bed, breakfast and lunch aboard
A cruise of 3-5 hours with our regular guests
All for only £75/couple, refunded if you book a Group charter
Exclusive Group charters are available next year at discounts of up to 13% on cruise holidays lasting from 3 to 6 days.
97% of our guests say they would recommend us, so why travel to the Rhine when you could cruise in England?
For more information and our FREE brochure, call 01452-410411 or visit www.englishholidaycruises.co.uk
Group Travel Marketplaces Diary Dates
Travel trade specialist company Steve Reed Tourism Ltd has announced three Group Travel Marketplace events for 2015/16. The events, arranged in conjunction with Group Leisure magazine, will offer the tourism industry a new opportunity to gain group bookings.
The first takes place at the MacDonald Berystede Hotel in Ascot on Monday 9th November 2015 and includes a Thames river cruise from Windsor with French Brothers River Cruises.
At Ena Mill Retail in Atherton, Greater Manchester, on Monday 23rd November 2015, visitors will also be able to enjoy free entry to the Coronation Street set in Manchester.
And on Monday 21st March 2016, visitors will experience 'The Other Place', the Royal Shakespeare’s brand new site in Stratford upon Avon, as well as free admission to Compton Verney House and Art Gallery.
Each Marketplace event will attract a mixt of active GTOs and coach & tour operators. They will all include free admission for tour planners, free lunch and entry to iconic attractions.
Anyone wishing to visit the events either as an exhibitor or visitor can contact Steve Reed Tourism on: 01420 560 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
UK Coach Awards
These Awards recognise excellence and good practice amongst coach operators and their staff. The organisers are keen to enlist the help of GTOA members by inviting them to nominate their favourite coach operators, best sales office staff and favourite coach driver. To make your nomination visit www.ukcoachawards.co.uk/jupgrade/404 or telephone 0870 900 1450 or email email@example.com. Closing date for nominations: Friday 4 December 2015.