Nicholas Owen

News broadcaster Nicholas Owen has been confirmed as the latest celebrity speaker at this year’s Group Leisure & Travel Show, which takes place at the NEC Birmingham on 12th October.

A well-known face and a presenter with BBC News, Nicholas will talk about some of the world’s great rail journeys – a subject he is passionate about having explored a number of fascinating areas by rail, at home and abroad.

Nicholas Owen presents a range of news programmes, including BBC1’s Six O’Clock News, Ten O’Clock News, BBC Breakfast, and the Corporation’s 24-hour News Channel.

He previously hosted all of ITN’s major bulletins and is a former Royal Correspondent for ITV News and newspaper journalist.

Nicholas began his journalistic career on the Surrey Mirror in 1964 before moving to Fleet Street in 1968. He worked for the Evening Standard and the Daily Telegraph, then spent seven years with the Financial Times.

He has also appeared in a wide range of other TV and radio programmes, including BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing, Celebrity Mastermind, The Weakest Link, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, and Countdown.

The announcement that Nicholas will be speaking at the GLTS follows on from the recent news that travel expert and journalist, Simon Calder will also be part of this year’s programme, open to all visitors.

Visitor registration now open at new-look website

The Group Leisure & Travel Show is Britain’s number one event for people who organise group trips and holidays, where GTOs and coach operators can meet with experts from attractions, hotels, tour operators, airlines, cruise lines, events, tourist boards and much more. At the end of the day you can expect to take away lots of ideas, new contacts and exclusive offers.

Visitor registration is open for free entry – and if you register now you can qualify for the show’s special free parking offer, saving £12*. Complimentary coach transfers will also be available and details are expected in the coming months. Visitors to the NEC can also get discounts with Virgin Trains.

All the details you need can be found at the new-look and improved GLTS website at Here you can see picture galleries, video and information about visiting and exhibiting.

Regular posts are added to the GLTS Blog to keep you up to date and provide ideas and help when it comes to organising great experiences for groups. You can also follow the show through Facebook and Twitter.

• To claim free entry register for the show now at

• For details of how to exhibit and to discuss remaining availability call Sharon Yandell on 01908-613323 or e-mail

* Terms and conditions apply to visitor registration and the free parking offer. See for more information.