Here’s everything you need to know to make the most of visiting Britain’s number one event for people who organise group trips and holidays on 10th October.
This year’s GLT Show, on Thursday 10th October, promises a day of inspiration, expert advice and fantastic group offers.
Taking place at the Marshall Arena, Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, it’s set to be better than ever with a new location, extensive free parking, as well as a wide and varied range of attractions, tour operators and coach companies on offer.
This year’s show will see many new first-time exhibitors as well as regular favourites, who consider the show their primary way of talking to GTOs face to face.
For a full list of companies, attractions and operators exhibiting, click here.
So, what do you need to know?
What & when: This year’s show will take place at the Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes on Thursday 10th October. Doors will open at 10am and close at 4pm.
There’s still time to register to attend, just head here.
Travel arrangements: There’s more than 1,600 free car parking spaces at the Marshall Arena including dedicated disabled parking for Blue Badge holders available free of charge. The venue’s postcode, MK1 1ST, does not register with some older sat nav systems, if this occurs use MK1 1QB or Peverel Drive.
The venue is a ten-minute drive from junction 14 of the M1 or seven minutes from junction 13 of the M1. The nearby A5 also gives a direct link to the north of England.
Travelling by coach? Free coach transport is available from a range of pick up points across the country, but seats must be booked in advance. To find out more, visit grouptravelshow.com/coach-transport/
By train? Milton Keynes benefits from three railway stations, Bletchley, Milton Keynes Central and Fenny Stratford, all just five minutes away by taxi.
There’s a free shuttle service between MK Central railway station and the Marshall Arena which will run approximately every half an hour (9.30am - 4pm), courtesy of Motts Travel. To use this service go to Bus Stop Z6 at MK Central which can be found on the second tier of bus stops on the left hand side after exiting the main railway building. There’s one bus stop at Marshall Arena which is on the main access road around the Arena, opposite DW Sports.
To find out more and register to attend the show visit www.grouptravelshow.com
Seminar speakers: This year’s seminar programme will involve talks from travel industry experts and famous names. The Seminar Theatre sessions are open to all visitors and free to attend.
This year’s programme is another good one with Simon Calder, the well-known TV pundit and travel editor of The Independent returning. TV presenter and journalist, Julie Peasgood, and writer and broadcaster Kate Humble complete the line-up.
Other highlights of the day
- A number of new exhibitors will be at this year’s show including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Hensol Castle Distillery in Wales and Aerospace Bristol, which is home to the last ever Concorde to be built. The museum will be showcasing its new tours launching for 2020 which include the opportunity to explore the last Concorde to fly in much more detail than ever before.
- There are several exclusive show giveaways and prizes to be won including with the RHS (which is offering GTOs the chance to win one of five pairs of tickets to the 2020 Chatsworth Flower Show) and Travel Editions which is offering a holiday for two on one of its packages for next year.
- A free breakfast - get to the GLT Show before 11am to receive a free bacon butty to start off your day (subject to availability).
- Visitors will be be able to recycle their badge holders at the exhibition at the end of the day.
Need any more inspiration to register and come along? Check out the highlights from last year’s show:
Visitors can still register free on the show website www.grouptravelshow.com which features more useful information for visitors. The visitor hotline is 0843 178 1281.
The dedicated website has everything visitors and exhibitors need to know including details of free coach transport availability and routes.
You can also read a range of posts about the event and get more group travel ideas through the official GLT Show blog at www.grouptravelshow.com/blog