Popular TV broadcaster, author and actor Gyles Brandreth has been announced as the celebrity guest host of this year’s Group Leisure & Travel Awards ceremony on 10th October.

Gyles Brandreth

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Gyles Brandreth.

The former Oxford scholar and MP for the city of Chester is a prolific broadcaster in programmes ranging from BBC’s The One Show and QI to Have I Got News for You and Countdown. Brandreth is also a successful author and has penned two acclaimed royal biographies as well as publishing his diaries and seven works of historical fiction.

He recently appeared on the BBC One series Holiday of My Lifetime with Len Goodman during which he went back to Broadstairs in Kent to reminisce about a seaside holiday from 1955.

Brandreth will co-host the ceremony, which takes place on Wednesday 10th October at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, located near the NEC.

Publisher of Group Leisure & Travel magazine, Rob Yandell commented: “We have had the pleasure of working with Gyles in the past on other awards we stage in different markets and he is just brilliant. I know we are in for a lot of fun on 10th October and it will be another memorable evening celebrating all that is best in group travel.”

Brandreth has also been confirmed as the third celebrity speaker at this year’s Group Leisure & Travel Show, held at the NEC on Thursday 11th October. He joins travel expert Simon Calder and gardening TV presenter Carol Klein for what promises to be another successful Seminar Theatre line-up at the ‘must-do’ event for group travel organisers and coach operators.

Exciting changes to the Awards for 2018

This year, for the first time ever, the finalists of the Group Leisure & Travel Awards 2018 will be made public ahead of the much-anticipated black tie dinner. Previously the identities of the shortlisted finalists were private and not revealed until the ceremony itself, but this year the shortlist will be published in the September edition of GLT magazine and online.

Winners of the 20 categories, including the coveted Group Travel Organiser of the Year Award, will be revealed at the event, taking place on the eve of the Group Leisure & Travel Show, which is at the NEC on 11th October.

Get your tickets

Tickets and table bookings for Britain’s biggest awards event for the group travel sector are available to book now.

Your ticket includes a free drinks reception followed by a delicious dinner and complimentary wine as well as live music and the opportunity to network and enjoy the five-star evening with the travel trade and GTOs.

Backed by an extensive list of partners who support various award categories, the dinner, ceremony and after party entertainment to help guests dance the night away, will be the highlight of the group travel social calendar in 2018.

See you there….

For more information and to book tickets, click here or call Lauren Buckley on 01908-613323 for information.