10 things you should know about the GLTT

Date Posted: 09/09/2014

At the GLTT 2013.

The Group Leisure & Travel Trade Show, for anyone who organises days out, trips and holidays for groups, is happening on 25th September. Here are ten things you should know about it.

1. How can I get free entry?

Simply register for your free show badge by 19th September, which offers exclusive benefits including complimentary parking and a free prize draw with the chance to win an iPad Mini. This also means you can fast-track into the hall.

You’ll find a registration ticket inside the July and August issues of Group Leisure and thousands have been distributed to previous visitors and via the travel trade. If you would like one posted to you, telephone 01908-613323 and speak to the exhibitions team.

The quickest way to register however, is online via the show website at leisureshow.com. If you are unable to register, just turn up on the day.

2. When and Where?

The GLTT is held on Thursday 25th September from 10am - 4pm in Hall 8 of the NEC Birmingham.

3. Why should I visit the Group Leisure & Travel Trade Show?

Meet all types of top group travel and leisure providers. Pick up the best ideas and inspiration for day trips, theatre, short breaks and overseas travel.

The show provides a friendly and sociable environment to meet the experts face-to-face. You can also find exclusive deals, offers, fun competitions and prize giveaways at the show.

Meet like-minded people and talk to other group organisers, and negotiate in person for the best deals and ideas.

And if that wasn’t reason enough, there’s free entry, free parking* and free coach travel, plus a free bacon butty breakfast for all arriving before 11am.**

4. Who will I meet at the show?

Some of our exhibitors include: tour operators, cruise lines, destinations at home and abroad, shopping venues, historic properties, gardens, ticketing agencies, ferry companies, coach companies, leading visitor attractions, hotels and accommodation of all types, museums…and more.

At the GLTT 2013.

5. How can I book my free coach transport?

Listed below are the coach routes which are free of charge to enable visitors to come to the GLTT at the NEC*. Please note that seats must be pre-booked.

For more information or to pre-book your seat, telephone 01908-613323 or visit leisureshow.com/coach-transport.

•    Woods Coaches: Peterborough, Leicester, Coventry, NEC
•    Epsom Coaches: London St Pancras International, Watford, Hemel Hempstead, Milton Keynes, NEC
•    Johnsons Coaches: Oxford, Banbury, Royal Leamington Spa, NEC
•    Eddie Brown Tours: Wetherby, Leeds, Sheffield, Rotherham, NEC
•    Platinum Express: Wolverhampton, Dudley, Great Barr, Birmingham, Yardley, NEC
•    Marshalls Coaches: Nottingham, Long Eaton, Loughborough, NEC
•    Marshalls Coaches: Rushden, Northampton, Rugby, NEC

6. How do I get to the NEC, Birmingham?

The GLTT 2014 takes place in Hall 8 of the National Exhibition Centre, which boasts good on-site parking facilities.

A free shuttle bus is available from most car parks in the NEC to transport you to the exhibition venue. Parking for Hall 8 is in the north car parks.

  • Rail: Via Birmingham International at the NEC itself or connecting train from Birmingham New Street.
  • Air: Birmingham International Airport is only a few minutes from the NEC.
  • Road: Comprehensive motorway access from the M1, M6, M40 and M42 to the A45.

7. How can I get free parking?

As an official show sponsor, Group Leisure magazine is providing free parking to GTOs, coach operators and members of the travel trade who attend the show and have pre-registered before 19th September (terms and conditions apply - see leisureshow.com).

Don’t pay for a parking ticket before visiting the show - instead head to the Group Leisure magazine stand (529) to get your voucher to exit the car park for free.

8. Why do group organisers love the GLTT?

Here’s what GTOs had to say about last year’s show:

“The show has been very inspiring and it gives you lots of ideas. I always come because it gives you so much to think about for your programme next year.” Anna Hallett, Lichfield History Group.

A stand at the GLTT 2013.

“We organise group holidays for adults with learning difficulties. I try and come every year so that I can try and get new ideas, not only day trips but also for longer holidays.”
Robin Corser-Langford, Global Accessible Holiday Service and Robin’s Travel.

“It’s been well above our expectations. We’ve got so much information and we’ve picked up so many ideas - it’s been invaluable.”
Margaret Mitchell, Probus, Wakefield

9. What’s the Premier Lounge?

The Premier Lounge is a reserved area for nominated visitors.

If you’ve been nominated as a Premier Club member by an exhibitor, you’ll be able to access the lounge, with complimentary refreshments and newspapers on hand in a relaxed environment. A free light lunch will also be provided.

10 What’s new this year?

A brand new seminar programme will aim to solve your group travel issues. You’ll have the chance to hear from a range of experts on subjects including finding the best hotels for groups, and removing the headache of coach travel into London.

There will also be a Networking & Food Court in the centre of the hall, where you can join in a Q&A session with travel pundit Simon Calder. 

For more information contact:

0845-130 7753 (Visitor hotline)
0843-479 0015 (Accommodation information)

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