Simon Reeve leads stellar line-up for Group Leisure & Travel Show

Date Posted: 23/07/2015

The Seminar Theatre programme for this October’s Group Leisure & Travel Show has been announced and includes adventurer and presenter Simon Reeve (pictured above), TV gardener Joe Swift, money saving guru Jasmine Birtles and other industry experts.

The GLTS is Britain’s leading exhibition for people who organise group trips and holidays and takes place on Thursday 22nd October at the NEC, Birmingham.

Visitor registration is free and available now at

After a successful seminar programme last year that included travel expert Simon Calder, organisers have confirmed another strong line-up for GLTS 2015 to complement a fantastic array of exhibitors.

The full Seminar Theatre line-up is…

A Q&A with Simon Reeve
Simon Reeve is an adventurer, TV presenter and New York Times bestselling author with a passion for travel, wildlife, history, current affairs, conservation and the environment. Simon is the presenter of the BBC TV series Indian Ocean and has been around the world three times for the BBC series Equator, Tropic of Capricorn, and Tropic of Cancer. He recently presented Caribbean with Simon Reeve on the BBC and has travelled extensively in more than 110 countries. If you want to see Simon Reeve at Group Leisure & Travel Show, see details below on how to register.

Joe Swift, Gardeners' World presenter Jasmine Birtles, financial money-saving expert

Pictured: Joe Swift and Jasmine Birtles.

Saving money and getting value with groups - Jasmine Birtles
Jasmine Birtles is a financial expert, TV presenter, author, journalist, business commentator and humourist. She has money saving and money making ideas as well as wise spending habits. Jasmine regularly appears as a financial expert on Good Morning Britain and This Morning and can also be heard on radio, regularly contributing to LBC, Steve Wright on Radio 2, and You and Yours on Radio 4.

Let’s talk about gardens - Joe Swift
Joe Swift has been one of the main presenters on BBC2's flagship gardening show Gardeners’ World since 1998 and also regularly appears in the BBC's coverage of RHS Chelsea, Hampton Court, Gardeners’ World Live and Tatton Park Flower shows. He has designed many gardens for TV and his writing includes a regular column in The Times Weekend section. Visitors will also be able to quiz Joe about his favourite gardens to visit.

An expert’s guide to ocean and river cruise holidays - Jane Archer
As the UK’s leading cruise expert, Jane Archer spends around 150 days a year either sailing the oceans or exploring the world's rivers. Her travels have taken her around the globe, from the Arctic to Antarctica and numerous ports in between. She is the Telegraph Travel cruise expert, writes for a variety of consumer and trade magazines including Group Leisure. Jane is also a regular presenter at cruise shows.

How to choose the right tour operator - Nick Greenfield
Nick Greenfield is the main point of contact for the tour operator members at the European Tour Operators Association. As well as running workshops and seminars, he works on issues affecting the travel industry, engaging directly with policy makers, and writes articles on tourism. Nick has worked in the travel industry for 19 years and also guided groups in more than 20 countries across Europe, gaining invaluable experience on the ground.

Jane Archer, cruise travel expertNick Greenfield, ETOA

Pictured: Jane Archer and Nick Greenfield.

Visitors will also be able to meet a range of hotel chains, tour operators, museums, stately homes, gardens, theme parks, cruise lines, tourist boards, theatre ticketing providers among many others. Expect exciting launches, new offers, exclusive deals and fun competitions.

How to get free parking and the latest exhibitors

Seminar Theatre timings will be announced in due course. The show is open from 10am until 4pm and there will be a complimentary bacon butty breakfast for all visitors and exhibitors before 11am. There is also free parking for people who register now* and a range of free pre-bookable coach transport provided.

The latest names to confirm they will be exhibiting at the Group Leisure & Travel Show include Airkix, Eurostar, New Alexandra Theatre and Yorkshire Arboretum. They are joining the likes of Ticketmaster, Superbreak, Blenheim Palace, Ryanair, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, BBC Tours and Best Western Hotels.

  • To register for free entry visit Plus, look out for tickets in travel trade press and sent by direct mail and via exhibitors.
  • To get information about exhibiting telephone Sharon Yandell on 01908 613323 or e-mail
  • More information is available through the GLTS website at
* terms and conditions apply, see


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