I tried advertising in Group Leisure Magazine in April and was really impressed with the service given by Yandell Media. Once the advert was placed, Hylands House had lots of positive feedback from the advert resulting in an increase in group bookings. I would definitely advertise in Group Leisure Magazine again.
Chelmsford Borough Council
Groups are a loyal and productive market to target, however it also has its challenges to make it worthwhile. Group Leisure offers a range of direct and efficient mediums to communicate our range of attractions and has continually proved a key success in us marketing to group organisers.
The Tussauds Group
Group Leisure is vitally important to me and has been for some years. I am grateful for the ideas it has generated.
Kelway Tours Ltd
I always look forward to receiving my Group Leisure magazine as I can pick it up at anytime I have time to relax. I do get many ideas for group visits from the magazine and enjoy the familiarisation trips when appropriate to my group.
Friendly Faces Holiday Club
I find it a very interesting magazine, and over the years as a group organiser have found it useful in deciding on holiays, outings and theatres.
Thank you for so much help with days out, I have an older club and have 70-90 members at our meetings each month and we have been meeting for approx 38 years.
J Sharpe MBE,
Bromley Heath Gardening Social Club
Group Leisure always has something new and interesting to tell us, gives us some new ideas and if you call anyone who advertises they are always helpful and send information.
First class publication, newsy, covers world market, clean adverts, reader day fams are a bonus to GTOs.
The Peckham Settlement
Group Leisure magazine is excellent, such a friendly magazine I feel I know everyone personally. To go on a few familiarisation trips is such a help in planning for my group.
I tend to visit individual websites for information, often after obtaining ideas for venues from Group Leisure.
The magazine is very informative as is the website.
British Airways Club
Excellent magazine, The best Group Leisure & Travel Trade Show (NEC), great for contact ideas. Group Leisure - The most professional and pro- active Group Leisure organisation in the UK. Keep up the good work!
Very useful, read all the items, adverts etc. Good advance information and new opportunities. Familiarisation visits can be helpful in making decisions.
Bexley Civic Society
AAt the moment Group Leisure magazine is far ahead of other travel trade magazines.
INGS Leisure & Travel Club
TThe Group Leisure magazine is very informative and gives me great ideas on what trips to consider. The features on other organisers inspires me to consider trips I may not have thought were possible.
The current layout stimulates the senses with short features yet gives all the facts so making for an easy but interesting and lively read. More importantly though, it provides information on a vast range of places/venues for groups to visit.
South Essex 50+ Club
Ilike the originality of many of the subjects covered, things I may not find out about otherwise. A very good and useful read.
Cranbrook Business Association
I like Group Leisure because it is impartial - It gives just information - so I get to choose.
The magazine is a good source of information and prompt as the travel trade by necessity is always looking for bookings in advance. Familiarisation trips are helpful and are a great idea as most group travel organisers would find it difficult to arrange these. The magazine is a must for all travel organisers and the website makes it easy to check information whilst working on trips.
This is an excellent publication for all group organisers. Very good indeed well done!!
Romford Scottish Association
The new look group leisure magazine is excellent, I use it for info and contacts.
York House Leisure
Very classy and distinctive.
A very easy to read magazine, its always interesting to read what others are doing and comments on travel companies are very welcome.
Marple Bridge & Mellor U3A
I like the new layout of the magazine. It looks more modern and “with it” if I can use that expression. The website is very useful and I enjoy receiving the e-mail news letter - it prompts me to look at the website as well.
Cameo in Southampton
Love the new modern look of Group Leisure. Love the Grumpy Group Organiser column!
H Williams, IBM Retired Employees’
Club - London
Very well put together with a lot of useful information and advertisements
Very easy to read. I like the briefly bubbles. A variety of venues featured.
D McGeehan, BAND
Ibelieve that the Group Leisure magazine and website are very useful tools to the group organiser, both are very informative and their reader club activities are brilliant. Keep up the good work.
B R Whitehouse, Bloomfield
Over 50’s Club
The magazine is bright, colourful, glossy and very professionally produced! I look forward to it arriving for a really good read.
Skoda Owners Club
Group Leisure is much more readable and now lends itself to a wider readership.
R E Chalk,
Chiltern North Scout Fellowship
Very good publication and presented well.
Modelstone Bus Club
Group Leisure magazine revamp is superb!
Little Jim’s Buses
So much easier to read - as a coach operator, I find it much quicker. Thanks.
Group Leisure is great. It is so selective. I enjoy every page, but I read ‘Grumpy’ first for a good chuckle.
Southwark Pensioners Centre
Good production values, plenty of information, ideas and adverts. Interesting and relevant articles and reports. Overall a bright well produced magazine.
R C Loveday,
Shell Travel Club
Magazine and website is a good source of information for both days out and holidays. I look forward to the arrival of Group Leisure every month for new ideas. This is then passed to my two colleagues who equally agree that the magazine inspires us all with news of latest destinations, GTO reviews and comments.
Essex Police HQ Sports & Social Club
I find the Group Leisure magazine a very informative and an excellent way of keeping up to date on changes in the market and new venues, shows etc., both at home and abroad.
Chiltern & Castle Federation of Towns Women’s Guilds
Ithink the magazine and website are an invaluable asset to successful group organising and I use them on a regular basis.
Beck & Call
Ienjoy especially the comments of people who have had great experiences on their trips. The magazine gives great ideas on different destinations with tips and advice.
Marks & Spencer, Bath
I enjoy the magazine, it makes good reading as well as offering valuable hints and tips, especially the letters page.
Anglo / Polish Cultural Society
Other publications I have received from time to time seem far inferior to Group Leisure.
GL Magazine is colourful, well produced and attractive. Good to keep in touch – see articles and pictures of other GTOA members and events.
Shell Travel Club
My life would be empty without Group Leisure.
Saxon Group Travel
Ihave got many an idea for day trips from the magazine. The theatre section is very informative.
Tesco Retired Staff Association
My preferred Group Travel Magazine and, easily for me, the best show.
Wood Street Horticultural Society
Group Leisure is my Bible.
In a busy life I always try to read Group Leisure magazine as soon as it arrives – unusual for me!
Group Leisure is excellent as it is!
Agood read – well done!
Tall – Stories
Keep up the good work, both magazine and website are good reference sources.
Very interesting magazine and full of useful information.
Thameslink Social Club
Magazine is first class – well documented, readable and well designed.
B D Travel
So much information in your magazine – a good read. Nice to know what shows are on in London. Keep up the good work, thank you.
Civil Service Retirement Fellowship
Group Leisure plays a prominent role in getting together the trip providers and group organisers. It makes it easy to discover new ideas and share information.
Mr R. Agravat Senior Organiser,
Leisure Lights/London Village
A brilliant collection of information for both home and away tourist destinations and attractions.
Mrs P. Maud, Group Organiser,
Group Leisure is very informative and gives many ideas for day trips and holidays. It also draws attention to legal aspects of travel that the ‘layman’ may not be aware of.
Mr R. Lamsdale,
Tours Organiser, Solent Country Dancers
Avery informative magazine that’s well laid out and easy to read.
Mr W McMenzie,
Hassra Sports & Social Club
Ifind Group Leisure Magazine a very good read with lots of ideas for trips and helpful advice. It’s good to read about other GTO’s trips and experiences.
Avery easy read, everything is clearly laid out and everyone is kindness itself – if you have a problem or query it’s sorted straight away. Always excellence bar none.
St Philips / St James Probus Socials
I find Group Leisure Magazine very useful when deciding future day trips to the theatre and places of interest for our club members.
Reigate ex Service & Social Club
Ienjoy reading Group Leisure Magazine. It is very helpful for ideas and trips out. Plenty of information.
R.E.A. Altringham Branch
Ifind the magazine more than helpful for research into day tours, short UK breaks and tours in Europe.
Always look forward to arrival of this magazine. WI find it most useful for day trips. Now NHS retirement group using it.
May I, on behalf of Dunwood Travel, take this opportunity to thank you and your team for a fantastic show. The quantity and calibre of enquiries from brand new contacts were absolutely amazing. Having already converted a number of enquiries I am delighted to confirm our attendance next year. The dinner and awards ceremony on Wednesday evening was absolutely superb, please convey our congratulations to all concerned.
Thanks for your help and all your organising with the show – it was great – we had a very enjoyable and successful show!
As far as Newmarket Travel Service is concerned, the Group Leisure Travel Trade Show was a huge success. We were delighted by the amount of new 'quality' leads we generated over the course of the two days and now have our work cut out to promptly follow up all the enquiries we have received for our tours in 2010 to maintain the momentum.
The show has been really good with a really positive vibe. The industry seems to be buzzing, especially for group travel. Diversity is definitely the way to take things forward.
Holiday on Ice
It’s been really good and we have made lots of new contacts, so hopefully that will come to fruition.
Collette Workman, Marketing Officer, Southport Tourism
It’s been busy, and overall a very good show. We’ve seen a lot of people and it has helped us raise awareness of cruising to the group’s market.
Mark Kelly, Conference & Incentives Sales Manager, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
The show’s been really good for us and having the Silver Service coach here has allowed people to see what they get. We have made lots of new contacts, both group travel organisers and suppliers which is great for us. We will definitely be booking for next year!
Martin Donohoe, Groups Manager, Leger
The show is such an important exhibition for the groups market, especially for Blackpool and Lancashire, so we felt it was very important to get booked in as soon as possible to get a prime spot. It's an ideal platform to promote the region. I love the show - it's always my favourite.
This is the first year I have personally been to the show in Birmingham and it's really nice because there is a good mixture of people from the north and the south. We've had a great response. The quality of people has been excellent and it's the first time I've taken a booking on the stand.
The great thing about the show was that we found the customers here are all decision makers, and in many cases are willing to commit, which is great for business.
Collette Worldwide Holidays
Once again we found the show to be a hugely worthwhile event. We took many requests from group organisers who have not travelled with us before, as well as existing customers looking for new ideas in 2008. Our sister company, Page & Moy, also had a constant flow of visitors to their stand and the feedback on their new-look brochures and comprehensive range of products for the more discerning group organisers was extremely positive.
We've had a fantastic day and we'll definitely be back next year. The Ramada Jarvis team has gained over £25,000 worth of business as a result of the show, and figures are still rising. We're very pleased with the results.
The response at the moment’s been absolutely brilliant. It’s the first time we’ve ever done it but absolutely pleased with the results so far. It’s gone fantastically well for us so far.
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
It’s my third consecutive year at the GLTT and the response so far this morning has been fantastic. We’ve met quite a few new group organisers and in addition to that we’ve already taken enquiries this morning so that’s great, for 2012 and we’ve just done one for 2013 as well so we’re absolutely over the moon, and we’re already signed up for next year.
Page & Moy Group Travel Manager
Basically I’ve been coming along to the Group Travel & Leisure Show for 12 years now, and always found it immensely benefitting with regards to the quality and type of customers that are coming to talk to us on the stand; this year particularly it’s very important to us. With the way the economy is I think that it’s very important that we are out, meeting the customers. They’re coming to see us so this is where we need to be. This morning we’ve been – I’d like to use the word inundated – I’m absolutely over the moon with the amount of customers we’ve had and the quality of customers and I’m already booking the show for next year based on just what’s happened already today.
It’s been a great day, we’ve met up with a lot of people who are our customers so we’ve managed to put names to faces, and we’ve made some new contacts so that’s been terrific!
Kelly Sharman, Disney on Ice,
I’m really enjoying this morning so far, it’s going really well. I’ve met some great and interesting people and I think it’s going to be a really good show. Also from the show today I’ve actually booked in four groups for 2012 which is fantastic and two of them have never been to Warners before so we’re absolutely chuffed to bits.
Barbara Flood, New Business & Events Coordinator, Warner Leisure Hotels
We’ve had a fantastic second day here, with lots of visitors, and I’ve built a lot of new enquiries with new clients that I’ve never spoken to before so it’s been really good for us.
Severn Valley Railway
It’s been a fantastic show; we’ve had loads of interest. I really think it’s been beneficial and we’ve had a lot of enquiries to look at for when we get back to the office so we’re really happy.oken to before so it’s been really good for us.
Norwegian Cruise Line
It’s been very, very good so far. It is now 11.30am and I’ve not stopped – in fact you’re the first person to interrupt me! We’re doing very well this morning promoting our three new brochures for next year, and our fam trip next March and the feedback has been very, very good so far. It’s been tremendous, everyone’s really enjoying the popcorn and candyfloss, with lots of people saying they can smell it from the other end of the room so it’s attracting a lot of people.
Stuart Parker, Group Sales Manager, InterChoice Holidays
Excellent start to the show today. We’ve got a new stand which is brilliant, we’re quite visible, the guys from the cruise lines are here as well which I think is bringing more people to the stand, so yes we’ve got some good enquiries so far so I’m quite happy.
Cruise For Groups
It’s the first time we’ve actually exhibited at the show and we’ve been absolutely amazed. On the first day we’ve taken over 46 really strong, genuine enquiries, from coach group operators and it’s been wonderful – looking forward to tomorrow.
It’s been an absolute pleasure to be here this year. It’s been a fantastic show - it’s always good and it comes at a very good time of year when GTOs are very proactive, and it’s a show that goes from strength to strength - year on year. Great to be part of it.
This group travel show has been one of the best that we’ve attended. We’ve learned to be underwhelmed by one or two shows that we’ve attended over the years, but not Group Leisure! This year has been as good as previous years - probably better I would say. The first day was very strong, we thought that the second day might not be as strong but it’s actually been better! The people that we’ve had on the stand and me are very tired now – we haven’t sat down for two days! We’ve done an awful lot of business.
Steve Reed Tourism
Just done a deal for 30 people for Spain next November. We’ve had a good show, been quieter today and it’s been great – thoroughly enjoyed it!
It’s been an interesting show – maybe not as many people coming as previously but there’s good quality over quantity. Different types of people to previous years as well. Some tour operators and travel trade coming, coach operators as well and some very good GTOs – different types, from retired groups through to corporate sports & social clubs, a couple of potential ecommerce clients.
We’re on our corner stand that we normally have when we’re here. We’ve not done too badly this morning, we’ve got a couple of leads that we’re happy with so hopefully they’ll come to some business and we’ll be able to book again.
Four Pillars Hotel Group
I’ve been at the show all day today and we’ve had lots of interest, especially at lunchtime. We’ve picked up a lot of coach business today as well, some people who we’ve already seen before have come to us so it’s been very good.
It’s been very good actually, it’s been one of those shows where there’s been very steady business all the way through the day yesterday, and that’s pretty unusual for a show so that’s excellent. And then today it’s picked up and I’ve just been sat at the table for an hour which is pretty good. So it’s been very good and we’re very pleased.
Ben Pinsent, South Quay Travel & Leisure/Independent Coach Travel
It’s been a really good show and it’s nice to come back. I’ve got loads of leads to follow up when I get back in the office, and a few potential bookings so I think it’s been a very worthwhile show and I’ve really enjoyed coming back.
We’ve found the show today really, really useful, not just for the new leads and new enquiries which we’ve been taking today, but to put some faces to names. Being quite a new hotel in the group leisure market it’s been a bit of a taster for us to see if we could exhibit at other shows and it will definitely be something that we’ll be doing in the future. We’ve had a lot of people coming up to us today saying it’s nice to see us here and that they’ve heard a lot about us, as well as lots of people who are looking for more hotels in the Cornish area who have never heard of us before, so it’s definitely been a fruitful day!
Lisa Brammer, business development manager, St. Mellion International Resort
The show has been really good. I’ve got lots of leads and appointments from it which is great. It’s been a very, very positive show. I’ve been talking to lots of different individuals and group leaders who have come over looking for different opportunities. So all in all it’s been a great show and I definitely look forward to coming back next year.
Collette Worldwide Holidays
I found the show today very good, not so many visitors as last year but more positive visitors that we’ve got some good sales leads from.
Nick Wilde, Best Western Hotels
It’s been a great show for Blackpool because there’s been so much going on at the resort so it’s nice that people have heard about everything that’s happening. They’ve been coming up and we’ve had some great feedback from everybody. We’ve made some great new contacts and also caught up with some of our old contacts as well, so it’s just nice to catch up with everybody at the show.
It’s been fantastic, I can’t tell you how pleased we are and we’ve even booked for next year. We’ve had a lot of interest and made lots of brilliant contacts. People who were just right for us – who were just ready to come down to Torbay and bring their coaches. The function last night was terrific, we sat next to two or three good contacts and did some good business over dinner, so even coming down for dinner last night was wonderful. Thank you very much.
We’re having a productive show, it has been busier on occasions in the past but we’re making some good contacts, we’ve seen some nice people we’ve seen before, and of course we’re putting the hard work in to make sure we speak to as many people as possible.
West Somerset Railway
I’ve found the range of exhibitors most useful, and the people I have in mind are very helpful and really go out of their way to help you - we do have quite a good rapport with a number of them because I do quite a bit of travelling.
Ithink the show is equally as good as it’s ever been, I love the ice cream, all the stall holders are really lovely and friendly, and it’s been a nice show to come to.
My group is for adults with learning difficulties. It’s only a small group so in the past we have had difficulties finding group travel companies that will take 12, which is our maximum size, but we’ve had very positive feedback this time. We’re definitely finding exhibitors and services that meet our needs.
It’s been very helpful being here. I’ve noted a lot of the groups here seem to be dedicated to the sort of people like myself, in that they’re not looking for the mass market. I’ll probably get back in touch with the Isles of Scilly Tourism because they’re actually selling the destination rather than the attractions, which has given me some great ideas.
Roy Welch Travel
Iread Group Leisure regularly, and get lots of good ideas from it and this is why I’m here today. I have been down today to look for some cruise holidays because we haven’t done a cruise yet and it’s about finding the right price for our people. I have definitely been impressed by the range of exhibitors here today, received lots of helpful ideas, and will have a lot of reading to get through when I get back home.
Friendly Faces Holiday Club
Fab show last week and one of the best evening functions I have been to for a long time! Great entertainment!
Just wanted to say a big thank you really – I found it very useful. It was easy for us to get to because of its location. We were here at 10am; we made a list of people from the magazine preview feature, and have managed to see them all.
Mrs Brenda Redmile,
In all the show has been very helpful and we enjoyed the bacon butty breakfast.
Mrs Enid Harvey,
West Howe Tours
A very interesting show which has given us lots of ideas of destinations for next year. In all, it’s a great venue with lots of food for thought.
Timms Social Club
The show has been better than the BTTF. It has been friendlier and more customer focused, and has been good to meet lots of different people.
Chairperson, St Oswald Social Club
The show is very well organised with a diverse number of stands. The entertainment has been very good as well in between going around the show. The location is excellent. We came on the arranged coach transport which worked extremely well.
Ihave spoken to a lot of people about all sorts of things. Again, it has been very comprehensive. People have been very helpful.
Barnet and District Cancer Link
Our club concentrate mainly on day trips. I have found a lot of information here at the show. We are going home inundated with leaflets, which will give us guidance and ideas for future visits we arrange. I'm very happy indeed. We came via the provided coach services, and it was very easy. We also enjoyed the bacon butty breakfast.
Whitchurch Hill Camera Club
Ifound it absolutely fantastic to see other group organisers. Everyone is showcasing any new products and ideas that they have, so it's interesting for that. The time's really flown by for me.
We’ve come up to the exhibition for what seems like the hundredth time, and I think we’ve been more impressed this year than most previous years. There seem to be lots of interested parties trying to sell their wares and lots of useful information being given out. I’ve come from St Albans in Hertfordshire so the 200 mile-round trip has been well worth it. We’ve got lots of good ideas that we can build on.
Club Relax International
It’s my first time at the show, and it’s been wonderful to see everybody and I’ve picked up so many brochures and got so many new ideas for holidays and days out – it’s absolutely brilliant. There’s a wonderful atmosphere.
Isle of Wight Ramblers
I found this year’s show very, very good. There has been some international presence too that was nice, I have found a lot of useful stuff for my organisation.
Tailor Made Tours
This is probably the 4th or 5th time I’ve been to the show and I’ve found it really good this time. Doing it over the two days I have found is much more leisurely and I can spend more time talking to people – lots of new people are here, which is really good, and its lovely to bump into people that I know. And the award ceremony was absolutely wonderful.
Ithink it’s my 8th or 9th year on the trot of coming to the exhibition and I was fortunate enough to be invited to the dinner last night. As always I’ve had a really brilliant time. I’m sat here at the moment with friends and we’re networking and catching up, and I’ve found the exhibition to be really useful. There’s some new exhibitors here this year and I’ve been round quite a few and got quite a lot of information so it’s been brilliant – can’t wait for next year.
Just walking around the show on the Thursday, I’ve come across some very interesting stands and met some good contacts. As usual a very good show.
Proprietor, Sunway Travel Wolverhampton
I’ve been coming to the show for several years now. I found out about it through another lady who organises group travel. I found it very interesting today, I always do. Lots of interesting stands where I can find places that I have never heard of before so I can now take my ladies to lunch there.
Ladies’ lunch group in Worcester
All the exhibitors seem to be really enthusiastic today and we’re having a really good time.
I’ve only just walked in the door – but it looks like it’s going to useful. I’m looking for ideas on where I’m going to take my group, and I think I’m going to get them.
Ely and District U3A
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. Compared to previous years there seems to be more stands which gives it a better feel, a better atmosphere.
Mrs Jackie Raggett,
Romford Historical Society
Best travel show for groups - by a mile!
Jon Hartley Solutions
Well worth the visit - keep up the good work!
Derek A. Read,
Wollaton Travel Service
This is the highlight of my year really. I love the show, I love catching up with old friends. Some of the trips and the holidays are brilliant and I’ve already got about four ideas for next year so I’m really happy thank you very much.
British Energy Sports & Social Club
It’s a brilliant show; I’ve enjoyed every bit of it. I’ve met lots of exhibitors and made lots of contacts so I think it’s wonderful.
I only gave a 9 in the hope that you are able to make it a 10 next year - the bar is set very high.
Seedy Sewing Group
Imet with so many travel trade members and discussed future plans.
SMBP 44 Association
The show is fantastic, professional, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. We’ve got some good ideas; Beaulieu was one and also a couple of foreign things with the northern lights.
Wolverhampton Post Office Sports & Social Club
It was a wonderfully friendly and enthusiastic show - well done!
The show gave me a chance to have in depth meetings with suppliers I would not have considered for our group trips.
Tesco Retired Staff Association
Iliked the friendliness of the exhibitors and getting new ideas first-hand.
Jean James, Bookworms
It gave me the opportunity to speak to the people who will supply the information for our 2011 trips.
Tesco Retired Staff Association
Everyone was pleased to discuss our needs - nothing was too much trouble.
Mrs A Bowler,
The first time I visited the show last year, I didn’t know what I was looking for... and that was brilliant because I found so many things that I wasn’t looking for. This year I have come specifically with something in mind, a shopping list, and I can find everything I need here.
We’ve found it very useful because you’ve got all the information in one place so you can wander round, talk to the suppliers, and because there are three of us we can bounce ideas off of each other. We’ve got lots of literature we can go back and browse on so it’s been a useful day.
Hinckley Social Theatre & Travel Club