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The Pass. Group travel, days out and holidays, August 2015 issue


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Great for Groups South 2015 - What a Show!!!

Once again, Great for Groups South delivered on the promise of being the 'freshest group travel exhibition' in the market.

Group Travel Organisers have rated the exhibition a massive 9.5/10!

Check out the video to the right for a showcase of the event.

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The results of VisitEngland’s Annual Visitor Attractions Survey announced today confirms the strength of the groups market according to the Group Travel Organisers Association (GTOA).

The 4% growth in visits to tourist attractions in England during 2014 reflects the findings of GTOA’s annual membership renewal application by its 400 group travel organiser members.

Mike Bugsgang, Chief Executive of GTOA said: “There are 17 categories of venue on our members’ trips survey such as gardens, museums, galleries, coastal resorts, places of worship etc. Our members have reported an increase in demand for locations outside London and it is encouraging that the VisitEngland survey shows a 7% increase in visits to attractions in the North East bearing out the Association’s decision to hold its annual Showcase event in Newcastle. The Showcase weekend 18-20 September includes familiarisation trips to five of the region’s key tourist attractions.”

The Group Travel Organisers Association (GTOA) is an independent organisation founded in 1991 representing the interests of those who organise tours and trips for groups as well as those who provide services for group travel. The Association has over 200 supplier members that provide 400 group organiser members with information on everything from tours, hotels and destinations to museums, galleries, gardens and attractions. For more information go to  

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