In line with its strategy to expand its network of branches around the UK, the Association of Group Travel Organisers (AGTO) has announced its plans to form an AGTO Scotland Branch.

Mike Bugsgang from AGTO %26 Emma McMillan from David Urquhart Travel

The announcement was made at the association’s AGM held at the Excursions show in London on 28th January.

AGTO’s chief executive, Mike Bugsgang, said: “We are extremely excited about this development that has been made possible by the efforts of AGTO member David Urquhart Travel.

“Scotland offers a huge variety of destinations and accommodation for group organisers’ itineraries and the establishment of an AGTO branch in the country will provide a forum for networking between GTOs and suppliers to work more closely together.”

Commenting on the move, Emma McMillan, marketing manager of David Urquhart Travel said: “We are delighted to have worked with AGTO on this project. Some of the leading GTOs in Scotland are being recruited to form the branch and we will be developing a programme of activities including fam trips and events for members in the year ahead.”

Another AGTO member, Rona Wallace, trade marketing manager, VisitScotland, commented: “The plans for an AGTO Scotland branch are very timely as there are myriad of opportunities available for groups in connection to The Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology theme in 2017. This themed year will cover all parts of Scotland and we are confident it will attract visitors from all over the UK and overseas.”

Scottish-based group organisers, attractions, accommodation providers and operators are currently being recruited for AGTO’s new branch.

For further information, interested parties should contact