Tag Archives: GTO

Up Close & Personal: Sue Shapland

Sue Shapland was nominated for Group Travel Organiser of the Year at the Group Leisure Awards 2014, recognised for her outstanding achievements with Exmoor Extrovert, which she started in 1999. They now arrange about 50 day trips and 20 holidays each year. Sue Shapland is also a member of the GTOA Meridian Branch. DESCRIBE THE BEST GROUP TRIP […]

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Up Close & Personal: Phil Sherrington

Phil Sherrington, Marketing Manager at London Bridge Experience, provides this month’s interview. WHAT’S THE BEST GROUP TRIP YOU’VE BEEN ON? I went as part of a coach trip when I was 20 to Paris from the North of England. I was dreading it, but the company that I travelled with had paired people up based on answers about themselves […]

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FIT For Purpose Scheme Launched For Travel Trade And GTOs

Capital Centric has launched the UK’s first online restaurant reservation service exclusively tailored to small groups, named FIT for Purpose.  FIT for Purpose has been created by Janie Clarke, founding member of Capital Centric, with an aim to save the travel industry time, whilst also allowing agents to make a healthy cash margin on bookings. FIT for Purpose […]

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Face To Face With Mike Newman

In this extensive interview feature, Mike Newman talks to Amy Moore about his early career aspirations, the birth of b2me Tourism Marketing and his future ambitions. EARLY CAREER It was a scorching summer day in July when Mike and I met at a petit Costa Coffee Café outside The O2 Arena. Mike prides himself on his […]

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Up Close & Personal: Mike Newman

Mike Newman is better known in the industry for his role as Managing Director of the travel trade tourism marketing company b2me. Prior work credits include undertaking the sales and marketing of maps and guides for UKinbound (formerly BITOA) and Visit Britain. He currently maintains a substantial position within the GTOA. What do you think […]

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Warner Leisure Hotels To Offer Fam Visits In Mid September 2014

Warner Leisure Hotels is offering free familiarisation visits for GTOs, to three of its hotels in September. The first choice is Thoresby Hall in Nottinghamshire on Tuesday, September 16, lasting from 1000 to 1600hrs. The following Wednesday, Gunton Hall in Suffolk is open for visits at the same time. On Thursday, September 18, again from […]

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Press Trip To Melton Mowbray

Amy Moore visits the Rural Capital of Food, home to the famous Melton Mowbray Pork Pie and the Melton Farmers Market. On July 29, GTW attended a familiarisation trip to Melton Mowbray hosted by the GTOA Central Branch, which saw a little over 30 GTO’s (including guests) in attendance. Melton is a rather quaint town, […]

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Eating Out For Groups

An important consideration for a Group Travel Organiser is finding an enjoyable spot to stop and eat. From fine dining experiences to sampling some of London’s finest, Amy Moore outlines some of the most group friendly eateries guaranteed to suit any itinerary. Celebrating 40 years in the restaurant business, Bella Italia is a pizza chain with […]

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Up Close & Personal; Mark Smith

Best group trip you have been on? Anywhere involving watching Tottenham abroad! Preferably in the sun, there have been many over the last few years. Madrid, Lisbon, Numerous trips to Germany, Prague, many interesting trips behind the old ‘iron curtain’ in Poland etc. The best one recently was the Champions League season. 20 of us went […]

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