Thousands of domestic tour providers, travel organizers and agencies through across the country are preparing to converge on the British Tourism & Travel Display – the largest domestic tourism display for the UK and Ireland’ s i9000 travel trade – next week upon 22-23 March, at the NEC Liverpool.
Albatross Travel Team, Bakers Dolphin Coach Travel, Uk Airways Holidays, Co-operative Holidays, Trainer Holiday, Cottages. com, D& L Harrod Coaches, Expedia, Explore Worldwide, Gold Crest Holidays, Greatdays Traveling Group, Great Rail Journeys, Hilton Worldwide, JAC Travel, John Lewis Partnership, Kuoni Group Travel Professionals, Marriott Hotels, National Holidays, Newmarket Holidays, One Traveller, Rondo Traveling, Saga Holidays, Thomas Cook, The united kingdom Holiday Group, Titan Travel, Virgin mobile Trains, Wowcher, and Warner Amusement Hotels are just some of the big name businesses preparing to attend.
“ This is my favourite show, which I go to each year without fail. It’ s the very best travel trade show, packed filled with inspiration, new products and big name visitor speakers. The two days enables you to talk to many suppliers and attractions personally, and I always come away along with exciting new ideas for excursions, ” says Joanna Watson, expert tours manager at Rondo Vacation.
“ I discover the show a very worthwhile event, as it provides me the opportunity to meet accommodation companies and also attractions that I can talk about and agree contracting for the subsequent year’ s tours, ” states William Faulkner-Bennett, business development movie director at David Urquhart Travel & Hart Hotels.
“ We find the two-day exhibition a great vehicle to meet with clients plus potential new customers, ” says Denise Bridges, managing director of Albatross Travel.
“ I’ m looking forward to the show for that variety of both attractions and places, giving people like myself an excellent opportunity to catch up on what’ ersus going on. It’ s also an opportunity to network with existing contacts plus make new friends for probable future bookings. It should be a great display, ” says Roger Bailey, Glowing blue Badge tourist guide at Azure Badge Guided Tours.
“ With British sales raising, we are looking to find new itineraries plus meeting old and new companions to work with during this affluent time, ” say Paula Roe, managing movie director of Angela Holidays.
Historic Houses and Gardens
In celebration of England’ s historic houses and landscapes, the show is featuring a renewed feature area, which will showcase traditional attractions from across the British Isles – offering a wealth of suggestions and inspiration for a range of team trips and tours. These include: Waterperry Gardens, Hudson’ s Historic Homes & Gardens, National Trust – Canons Ashby, Dartington Hall, plus Llancaiach Fawr Manor.
Returning regional pavilions include: Encounter Scotland; Tourism South East; Check out Wales – who are celebrating the entire year of Legends, with attractions, occasions and activities at locations throughout Wales; and Tourism Ireland – who will be highlighting iconic encounters along the Wild Atlantic Way plus throughout Ireland’ s Ancient Eastern.
Tourism for All’ s Accessibility Clinic
Accessibility is fast becoming a precious and growing market in travel and leisure. New for 2017, national charitable organisation Tourism for All is running a good ‘ Accessibility Clinic’ during the display (stand G66/G67). Expert accessibility advisor and assessor, Brian Seaman is going to be on hand to give advice on accessibility problems and will provide hints and tips on how to enhance the service and facilities for impaired customers.
“ The business enterprise case for accessibility has become extensively understood in the last few years, and this offers led destinations such as Germany, Flanders, Spain (Barcelona) and Portugal to enhance their accessibility. This in turn is motivating other destinations, including the UK, to boost their game, ” says Raymond Veal, CEO of Tourism for any UK.
“ Coming together, we can ‘ take the disability out’ of leisure and tourism, plus achieve our goal of Travel and leisure for ALL, ” he says.
Over 260 exhibitors
The show will feature 260 leading visitor attractions, venues, locations, hotels, transport providers, associations plus DMOs. Recent exhibitors to join the particular line-up include: Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Visit Cardiff, Visit Cornwall, Go to Hull & East Yorkshire, Entire world of Beatrix Potter, Lucketts Journey, Irish Ferries, Leeds Kirkgate Marketplace, and Spencer House.
Big name Keynotes
This particular year’ s extensive free workshop line-up features a host of idol speakers discussing the key issues, op-opportunities and hot topics facing the particular domestic tourism sector today. Verified speakers include: author and zookeeper Benjamin Mee, TV presenter Julia Bradbury, Travelzoo’ s UK MARYLAND Joel Brandon-Bravo, TripAdvisor’ s Leanne Thompson, Alexander Gö ransson, business lead analyst at Euromonitor, and section discussions from TravelGBI, The Travel and leisure Society, AGTO, and Hudson’ s i9000 Heritage.