It's your travel show, make the most of it

Date Posted: 30/08/2011

We look ahead to the Group Leisure & Travel Trade Show at the NEC Birmingham on 21st and 22nd September.

Your time is precious. Which is why a visit to the Group Leisure & Travel Trade Show (GLTT) at the NEC in September is a sound investment; with hundreds of group travel experts under one roof with deals, ideas and advice.

It is a special niche travel and leisure event, dedicated to helping group travel organisers, coach operators and the travel trade. Entry is free and there is space and time to find what you are looking for. To help you, use this official preview of this important two-day exhibition, which will showcase: tour operators, destinations at home and abroad, historic properties, West End shows, coach companies, hotels, museums, cruise lines, shopping venues, gardens, ferry companies, events, attractions and much more.

The GLTT is also a time when group travel organisers can meet each other, swapping ideas and travel tales. It is a friendly, unstuffy environment, with seating areas and plenty of refreshment options. Complimentary coach transfers from various destinations can be pre-booked, and there is free parking for visitors who pre-register (terms and conditions apply – see the show website for details).

Of course, there will also be the usual fun and games to tempt you. From competitions to win holidays and short breaks, to giveaways, you will surely leave the NEC with a bag full of goodies and a head full of ideas.

Where and when?

Hall 11, NEC Birmingham

  • Wednesday 21st September: 10am - 4.30pm
  • Thursday 22nd September: 10am - 4pm

A complimentary breakfast to start your day

Show organisers like to look after you, so you are welcome to tuck in to a free bacon butty breakfast before 11am on both days of the exhibition, sponsored by, the website from Group Leisure magazine. Just head to the Refreshment Centre signposted.

Pick up your official show guide

To help you make the most of your visit and for your reference after you depart, all visitors will receive a free show guide when they enter the hall. It is packed full of useful information about all of the exhibitors, including contact details and a floor plan so you can find them.

Getting your badge and getting in

If you pre-register for the GLTT you can take advantage of special benefits, such as free parking (terms and conditions apply) and entry into a prize draw to win a £600 holiday voucher from Newmarket Travel Service. To pre-register, use the ticket found in the July and August editions of Group Leisure (they have also been distributed by post and via trade press and exhibitors) or go to the GLTT website. If you are unable to pre-register, just turn up on the day.

Thank you sponsors

Matilda The Musical, which is due to open in London’s West End this October at the Cambridge Theatre is sponsoring the lovely show bags, alongside Majestic Tours, which offers UK, Continental and Irish coach holidays.

And you can have a slice of the Greek Isles around your neck because hit musical, Mamma Mia! will be sponsoring the lanyards for your badges.

Free parking - yes, really

You can obtain a free parking voucher on both days of the show by going to the Group Leisure magazine stand, number 537. We are providing this to group travel organisers, coach operators and members of the travel trade who attend the show and have pre-registered (terms and conditions apply – see Do not pay for a ticket before visiting the show and save £8.

The Premier Lounge for nominated visitors

If you have been nominated as a Premier Club member by an exhibitor you can access the Premier Lounge with complimentary refreshments and papers on hand in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Plus, there will be a free light lunch provided on both days. Who said you weren’t looked after?


Free coach transport to the show

There are a number of coach routes with selected pick-up points throughout the UK to enable visitors to come to the GLTT at the NEC. Click here for additional information on coach routes, and for further details and to book your place, please contact each individual operator. Please note that seats must be pre-booked.

How to make your own way to the NEC

This year’s event takes place in Hall 11 of the National Exhibition Centre, which boasts good onsite parking facilities and is also easy to reach, with comprehensive motorway access from the M1, M6, M40 and M42 to the A45. A free shuttle bus is available from most car parks in the NEC which will transport you to the exhibition venue. Parking for Hall 11 is in the north car parks.

The NEC has its own railway station, Birmingham International, which is linked to the exhibition centre by a covered bridgelink. The NEC enjoys direct access with the capital, with London only 90 minutes away by train. Other regional towns can also be easily reached from Birmingham International.

Birmingham International Airport is only a few minutes from the venue, with airlines servicing the airport from over 34 different destinations in the UK, Europe and North America. Birmingham International Airport is also accessible from London Heathrow and London Gatwick as well as other regional airports.

Useful contact:

Group Leisure & Travel Trade Show 2011:

Watch footage from last year's exhibition...


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