Thanks to this year’s sponsors…
As an extra special thank you to our sponsors, we provide a round-up of each company and an update on what they can offer your group.
Sponsor of ‘Best Group Tour Operator’
Bateaux London is the capital’s best restaurant cruise on the Thames. Their repertoire includes Lunch, Sunday Lunch Jazz, Afternoon Tea and Dinner cruises as well as Exclusive Hire and Private Dining. They combine fresh food, exclusive views of London and upbeat live entertainment for an unforgettable dining experience through the city.
2018 is a very exciting year for Bateaux with their sister company Bateaux Windsor sailing its second year on the river and the London flagship vessel Symphony undergoing an extensive refurbishment – the design lead by Tom Dixon OBE – launching in July 2018!Visit Website
The Channel Tunnel Group
Sponsor of ‘Best Coach Operator for Groups – Small Fleet’
Eurotunnel Le Shuttle offers a fast, frequent and convenient coach and car carrying service between Folkestone and Calais. With a journey time of 35 minutes, there’s no quicker way to take your coach and passengers across the English Channel.
Eurotunnel Le Shuttle fully believe in supporting the Group Travel Awards and in particular, Coach Operators.
Eurotunnel Le Shuttle is proud to be able to sponsor the ‘Best Coach Operator for Groups – Small Fleet’ this year. This gives recognition within the industry and allows all companies to take part whether they are large or small.Visit Website
Sponsor of ‘Best Attraction for Group Visits – London’
City Cruises has sponsored the ‘Best Attraction for Group Visits – London’ category for a number of years and we take great pleasure in supporting and applauding the many and varied attractions London has to offer.
City Cruises plc is the leading operator of tourism and leisure passenger services on the River Thames, carrying in excess of three million passengers, making four million journeys, annually through the heart of London.
As well as sightseeing services, City Cruises also operates dining and special events cruises, such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve and fireworks cruises. In addition, sightseeing and special events cruises are running in Poole, Dorset and in York.Visit Website
Sponsor of ‘Best UK Destination for Groups’
Daish’s Holidays is once again proud to sponsor the Group Travel Awards, continuing our long standing association with this fantastic group event recognising the best of the best on the group travel market.
As a previous winner, Daish’s knows the importance of delivering first class customer service as well as the need for constant investment and improvements for both our hotels and fleet of luxury coaches.Visit Website
An online guide to the amazing world of wildlife, with suggestions on where you can visit in the UK to get up close to the remarkable range of species that share the planet with us humans!
The site has grown out of the popular Animals, Birds and Sealife Guide, produced for several years in print by Landor Travel Publications. It became clear that there was so much more to say and share about the wonderful wildlife we can all enjoy than could be fitted into a printed guide!Visit Website
Discover Britain’s Delightful Towns
Discover Britain’s Delightful Towns is your online guide to visiting some of Britain’s hundreds of unique and distinctive towns.
As a travel and tourism publisher, we’ve been writing about lots of the best of Britain’s towns, and the individual neighbourhoods within bigger cities and communities (including London) for quite a few years. So we decided to share what we know, and to start this site for others to contribute later knowledge and suggestions too!
We hope the information, ideas, themes and links will help those who live in Britain to explore other parts of their country. Oversees visitors can find out more about the great British menu of fascinating, and engaging towns to visit!Visit Website
Sponsor of ‘Best Coach Operator for Groups: Large Fleet’
Disneyland Paris are delighted to continue to sponsor the ‘Best Coach Operator for Groups: Large Fleet’ award at the annual Group Travel Awards. We appreciate the continued support and help of coach operators in creating magical memories for our mutual guests.
Europe’s number one tourist destination, Disneyland Paris has welcomed more than 320 million visits since opening in 1992.
2018 is set to be a very exciting year with new experiences and attractions coming to the resort. There will be a new Marvel Summer of Superheroes season and a Festival of Pirates and Princesses.Visit Website
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Sponsors of ‘Best European Destination for Groups’
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is delighted to sponsor the ‘Best European Destination for Groups’ category at the prestigious ‘Group Travel Awards 2018’.
In 2018/19, Fred. Olsen will be taking guests to over 200 destinations in 73 countries – more than any other cruise line.
We specialise in ‘Bringing the world closer’ and are committed to showing our guests the very best that Europe has to offer, as well as the rest of the globe, in all the style and comfort of a smaller, more intimate Fred. Olsen cruise ship.Visit Website
GO Travel Show
The perfect new meeting place for group buyers and sellers.
Taking place on Tuesday 17th April at Kempton Park Racecourse, the GO Travel Show will provide GTOs with the chance to talk face to face with exhibitors representing destinations, heritage attractions, historic houses, river and ocean cruising, accommodation suppliers, tour operators, gardens, animals attractions and many more.
With not long before it starts, we are making the final preparations in anticipation of welcoming hundreds of GTOs and travel trade professionals to the event.Visit Website
Sponsors of ‘Best West End Production’
Group Line provides exceptional service and unforgettable experiences for groups. With dedicated account executives to answer your every question, Group Line can help you plan the perfect outing. We work in conjunction with various marketing agencies for shows, attractions, restaurants and exhibitions to offer our clients the most up-to-date and best quality materials to help promote trips. We can provide official images, video files, flyers and exclusive content.
With Group Line you can book now and pay later; enjoy competitive group rates; book West End Theatre tickets, meal packages, exhibitions and London attractions; and rely on friendly, expert advice, every step of the way.Visit Website
Group Travel Business Forum
The Group Travel Business Forum has been in existence for over six years as an informal grouping of professionals who specialise in providing products and services to the group travel and tourism market.
It was established in recognition of the fact that the voice of group travel as a distinct sector of the industry is often missing in discussions with official bodies and in meetings of other professionals in the field, and the exchange of expertise and knowledge between group specialists can be very beneficial to both individuals and the sector as a whole.Visit Website
Founded in 2002, online group accommodation specialist HotelPlanner.com provides planning, hotel sourcing and contract negotiations with hotels around the world. You just fill in the number of rooms needed, type of rooms, star rating of the hotel required, your budget and any additional requests, and wait for your return bids from HotelPlanner.com’s partner hotels. Only the hotels fitting your requested budget and star rating will bid on your request and rates offered will be lower than the hotel’s individual rate on that day.
HotelPlanner.com will meet or beat any price on your group’s travel needs when reserving 10 rooms per night or more at a hotel of equal or greater quality, and group rates are price checked to ensure you always get the best deal.Visit Website
Established for over 20 years, IOW Tours has been providing quality holidays that the company prides itself on being value for money.
Destinations throughout the UK are featured together with Jersey, Southern Ireland and Europe for those wishing to travel further afield. Hotels or centres for holidays are specially hand-picked and coach hire is included in the package.
IOW Tours has become a market leader in specialist interest holidays, from ballroom and line dancing to golfing breaks. The company is also involved in reunion tours for ex-service men and women.
Groups are offered a range of benefits including free places.Visit Website
The Channel Tunnel Group
Sponsor of the Drinks Reception, Gala Dinner Menu, Flowers, Fun Casino and Performance
Bat Out Of Hell the Musical is proud to be sponsoring the 2018 Group Travel Awards. After wowing audiences in 2017, the hit show is set to return to London opening at the Dominion Theatre on 2nd April.
Winner of ‘Best Musical’ at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2017 and nominated for 8 WhatsOnStage awards in 2018, Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell is the exhilarating tale of star-crossed lovers which “changed the way musicals are staged forever” (North West End) with its boundary pushing spectacle, thrilling performances and Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf’s legendary hits.Visit Website
Sponsor of ‘Best Group Ticketing Agency Award’
Planet Hollywood is delighted and proud to again be sponsoring the ‘Best Group Ticketing Agency Award’.
Packaging tickets for shows and events is a popular year round product successfully sold by Group Travel Organisers and Group and Coach operators who look to book with a ticketing agency that offers them ease of booking and incredible customer service.
We are pleased to play a part in recognising the best of the many great agencies that serve this industry sector.Visit Website
South West Group Travel Show
TThis free admission show provides group travel organisers and members of the travel trade with new inspiration for places to visit and things to do with their groups in the South West and beyond.
A fantastic opportunity to discuss their group requirements face-to-face, the show welcomes over 300 visitors and features more than 70 attractions, venues, destinations, tour operators and accommodation providers all under one roof. Discover historical visits, educational tours, literacy links, boat trips, summer break and much more.Visit Website
Sponsor of ‘Best Ocean Cruise Line Operator for Groups’
Travel Editions Group Travel is delighted to be sponsoring ‘Best Ocean Cruise Line Operator for Groups’ again at the Group Travel Awards in 2018.
At Travel Editions Group Travel we create tours to suit your specifications, your budget and your interests – no subject too small, no country too far.
Taste the gastronomic delights of Sicily, study the Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau, botanise amongst the wild flowers of Crete or shop till you drop in New York.
Wherever you may wish to go we can take you!Visit Website
University of Kent
Sponsor of ‘Best European Attraction for Groups Award’
The University of Kent, Canterbury is delighted to sponsor the ‘Best European Attraction for Groups Award’ 2018.
As winners of the ‘Best University Accommodation for Groups’ for the last 10 consecutive years it is very important to us to champion excellence in the group travel sector, hence it is a natural alignment for our brand to sponsor the best attraction in Europe in 2018.
Set in over 300 acres of beautiful parkland overlooking the historic city of Canterbury, the University of Kent offers great value group accommodation during the spring and summer vacation period each year.’Visit Website
The View From The Shard
Sponsors of ‘Best Animal or Sea Life Attraction for Groups’
The View from The Shard is proud and privileged to be able to sponsor the ‘Best Animal or Sea Life Attraction for Groups’ award.
As an attraction ourselves, we know just how important group travel is to our business and do lots to ensure our attraction is welcoming to groups.
This award celebrates and recognises other areas of the attraction industry who also work just as hard as we do to support group travel.Visit Website
Virgin Trains operates passenger train services on the West Coast Main Line linking London with major destinations including Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Chester, the Lake District, Glasgow, Edinburgh and North Wales.
With an average journey time of 2 hours 7 minutes to Manchester and Liverpool, and frequent services to all destinations, it’s not just a faster and more relaxing way to travel it’s a more environmentally friendly way too. We are also the only Train Operator to offer group availability up to 1 year in advance!
Contact our groups team for any enquiries for Groups of 10+ people and get up to 20% off. We also have Red Carpet option, our ultimate bespoke travel experience with priority boarding and exclusive carriages.
Whatever your group travel needs, travel in a style that only Virgin Trains could provide.Visit Website
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
Sponsor of ‘Best Rail Operator for Groups’
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is a unique attraction allowing visitors to step on to authentic sets, discover the magic behind spellbinding special effects and explore the behind-the-scenes secrets of the Harry Potter film series.
Discover the iconic Hogwarts Great Hall and explore the Forbidden Forest, all before boarding the original Hogwarts Express at Platform 9 ¾ and wandering down Diagon Alley. Visitors will relive the magic through the eyes of the filmmakers who brought the film series to life.Visit Website
In exchange for your sponsorship, we offer:
- Editorial coverage in GTO in issues leading up to the event.
- Complimentary seats at the gala evening presentation event.
- Coverage in the Awards Menu.
- Your logo to appear on a powerpoint display during the gala evening, plus enhanced exposure when you present your category.
- Your company logo displayed prominently on the Group Travel Awards website, together with a direct link to your own web site.
- Together with our Celebrity Host, you will present the trophy to the winner of your chosen category.
- Editorial coverage regarding your involvement in the awards will be published in the special Awards Supplement which accompanies the June/July 2019 issue of GTO Magazine after the event.
- Logo credits on e-mails promoting the event.
Sponsorship of The Group Travel Awards is an opportunity to invest and celebrate in group travel excellence!
Contact Sarah Jeffery
With a passion for travel, Sarah has worked within the industry for almost 20 years. 17 of these have been spent with Landor Travel Publications, specialising in the group travel industry; working on GTO Magazine, together with regional and national group travel exhibitions. The 2019 Group Travel Awards will be the 11th that Sarah has organised and are the highlight of Sarah’s industry calendar.
To discuss sponsorship opportunities or should you have any questions about the awards, please contact Sarah via one of the methods below.