The NEC welcomes the group travel trade

Date Posted: 13/08/2010

Find out why a visit to the Group Leisure & Travel Trade Show on 22nd and 23rd September is a must.

Opening times and venue

Wednesday 22nd September: 10am – 4.30pm
Thursday 23rd September: 10am – 4pm

Hall 11, NEC Birmingham

Admission to the exhibition is free of charge to group organisers, coach operators and people working directly within the travel trade. Make sure you pre-register online for exclusive visitor benefits or use a pre-reg ticket.

In this day and age, finding travel ideas and advice is much more straightforward. But what about finding information specifically for groups? Not as easy is it – and that’s why thousands of people will visit the NEC on 22nd and 23rd September.

The two open days of the Group Leisure & Travel Trade Show provide unique access to hundreds of group travel companies and contacts, with leading tour operators, attractions, tourist boards and hotels all under one roof in a fun and vibrant environment.

Expect to find tour operators showcasing exciting day trips, short breaks and holidays; launching new products and enticing you to their stand with freebies and competitions. Look out for tourist boards from the UK and around the world, eager to talk to you about taking a group to their destination. It’s an enjoyable experience and one that can provide you with enough material for a year’s programme, maybe more.

Worried about committing to theatre tickets or travel insurance? Thinking of taking a cruise but not sure where to start? Want to know more about your liability as a travel organiser? All the answers to these questions and more can be found by talking to a diverse range of exhibitors.

With free entry, a delicious complimentary bacon butty breakfast, free parking* and free coach transfers, it’s probably harder to think of reasons not to go.

Head to the NEC and talk face-to-face with a group travel expert, you’ll be glad you did.

* Terms and conditions apply – see

Get your official show guide

With listings and contact details of all exhibitors, the handy show guide is provided free upon arrival at Hall 11. With a floor plan it’s easy to find what you are looking for too.

Free parking

If you pre-register for the exhibition you can also take advantage of free parking. You should not pay within the car park before heading for Hall 11; go to the Group Leisure magazine stand (number 519) where you can pick up a voucher avoiding the need to pay when you exit later that day. You can collect one voucher per pre-registered visitor, per day, which saves you £8 a time.

Free bacon breakfast on arrival

Show organisers appreciate that you can’t tackle the exhibition on an empty stomach. Fear not - all visitors and exhibitors can tuck into a tasty bacon butty before 11am on both days. Just head for the refreshment centre, clearly signposted.

Win a holiday, just for turning up!

Visitors who pre-register and attend the GLTT on either 22nd or 23rd September are entered into the exhibition prize draw, which this year offers an exciting holiday for two persons to Italy. The popular ‘Seven Cities of Italy’ holiday is provided via sponsor Newmarket Travel Service and includes fully escorted visits to Verona, Venice, Assisi, Rome, Florence, Sienna and San Ginignano.

Follow the yellow brick road to the Premier Lounge

Nominated Premier Club members can enjoy access to the Premier Lounge, which offers a relaxed environment where complimentary refreshments are provided, along with newspapers.

This year, the lounge is even easier to find, with a ‘yellow brick road’ guiding you from the entrance – all part of the fun provided by official sponsor The Wizard of Oz, which is opening at the London Palladium for previews in February.

GLTT sponsors, you’re great!

Top West End musical, Jersey Boys has kindly sponsored the carrier bags given to each visitor to the show. Inside, you will find an official show catalogue and lots of interesting information to aid your day.

Plus, another stage hit, Mamma Mia! is sponsoring the smart lanyards around everyone’s neck, so we can see who we’re talking to nice and easily!

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.

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