Simon Calder

The 2018 Group Leisure & Travel Show (GLTS), taking place on 11th October, has announced that Britain’s No.1 travel expert Simon Calder is returning to this year’s exhibition and will be a keynote speaker at the free to attend seminar theatre.

Senior travel editor of The Independent, and acclaimed TV and radio broadcaster, Simon is the second celebrity speaker revealed for GLTS 2018, which will be staged at the NEC, Birmingham.

The news follows an announcement last month that TV gardening expert Carol Klein will join this year’s line up as the first seminar speaker of the day.

Simon’s seminar session at the GLTS last year was packed and, as usual, the GTOs attending were very keen to engage and ask questions.

He offered visitors valuable advice including details about the Package Travel Directive. Likewise, at this year’s GLTS visitors can look forward to Simon sharing even more of his knowledge and travel expertise during another topical talk and presentation.

Emma Cash, GLTS show organiser, said that the theatre line-up, which includes another celebrity speaker announcement due to be made next month, will provide a very exciting range of well-known experts speaking at the UK’s biggest and most important event for the group travel sector.

“It’s going to be a brilliant day,” says Emma.

Carol Klein

Pictured: Gardening expert Carol Klein has been announced as the first Seminar Speaker for this year's GLTS

Exhibition sales manager Sharon Yandell offered yet more positive news by confirming that advance stand sales for the 2018 show in October have exceeded expectations and that all indications are that it will be another sell-out event. 

Companies, venues and organisations interested in exhibiting or sponsoring at the 2018 event, which takes place in Hall 19 of the NEC, can call Sharon on 01908-613323 or e-mail

Visitor registration includes benefits such as free entry, free bacon butty breakfast for early arrival, and free parking at the NEC.* There will also be various free coach travel opportunities available from certain parts of the UK, and details of routes will be announced nearer to the event date.

More information about the GLTS, including details about online visitor registration, can be found at the show website

* Terms and conditions apply.