Back with more inspirational exhibitors, fresh content and exciting show features, British Tourism & Travel Show – firmly established as the leading domestic travel trade event in the country – returns to the NEC Birmingham on 20-21 March 2019.
Thousands of travel trade professionals across the UK and Ireland can once again immerse themselves into this two-day showcase, described as the ‘event of the year’ for providing the domestic tourism industry with inspiration and ideas for their upcoming itineraries.
The 270+ leading visitor attractions, venues, destinations, hotels, transport providers, associations and DMOs there to meet them include: Albatross Travel, Best Western Hotels, Bournemouth & Poole, Carden Park Hotel, Belvoir Castle, Gwilli Railway, Beatles Story, Continuum Leading Attractions, Devon’s Top Attractions, Encore Tickets, Eurotunnel, Marketing Liverpool, Advantage Now, Visit Coventry & Warwickshire, Marketing Manchester, and West Midland Safari & Leisure Park.
Beaufort Park Hotel, Bewl Water, Chiswick House and Gardens Trust, Dalata Hotel Group, Gretna Green, Johnsons Coaches, Chatsworth House, The Ticket Factory, Harewood House, Longleat, Peal District National Park Trust, Jewellery Quarter, Museum of Timekeeping, Parkway Hotel & Spa, Portmeirion Village, and Visit Richmond are just a few names exhibiting for the first time.
First speakers confirmed
The show will also feature a free unmissable speaker line-up, covering everything from trends, tips, technology, research and opportunities facing the travel trade today. With digital becoming the forefront of business, Meredith Almond, senior strategist at Sparkloft Media, will be sharing her ‘tech tips’ about the importance of social data and analytics in building a comprehensive and effective social media campaign. And Adam Millbank, director of independent video production company JonesMillbank, will provide an exclusive session on video marketing, discussing strategies to help organisations create engaging, original video content that is on-brand, honest and relatable.
Previous speakers to grace the stage have included: Angela Rippon CBE, Ruairidh Roberts (Google), Justin Easy (Merlin Entertainments), MP Michael Portillo, TripAdvisor, Euromonitor International, and panel sessions from TravelGBI, The Tourism Society, and Hudson’s Heritage. The full seminar lineup will be announced in February 2019.
Destination Europe Area returns
As well as a whole raft of leading tourist companies in the UK, visitors can also discover further afield in the Destination Europe area. Appealing to key decision makers who plan and book itineraries for both international and British tourists, the area will feature a number of diverse attractions, destinations and hotels across Europe and beyond.
European exhibitors confirmed so far include: Dutch Cruise Line, ITO Tours, Eurotours, Europlan, Augustus Tours, Acrona Hotels, CroisiEurope, Worldwide Attractions, Lovers Canal Cruises, Amsterdam Canal Cruises, Henri Willig Cheese Farms, Zaanse Schans, Keukenhof, City Circle Berlin, Swarovski Tourism Services (Austria), The Berlin TV Tower, The Memorial de Caen (Normandy), and The Montparnasse Tower Observation Deck Park.
Group Travel Organiser Day – 21 March
The show will once again coincide with ‘Group Travel Organiser Day’ celebrating group travel organisers from across the UK and Ireland. Group travel organisers can experience free parking, a free lunch, a free meeting planner, free coach transfers, and a raft of dedicated seminars, where GTO’s can form new business relationships and share knowledge and best practices with peers.
The show will also see the return of the successful Food & Drink Trail. From Cornish fudge to Scottish whisky, the trail is an exciting way to meet the exhibitors and sample classic cuisines from around the country. A map will be provided in the printed show guide, highlighting which relevant stands to visit.
“Another great show showing the best of British tourism, giving a great opportunity to meet attractions and customers and catch up on what is going on in the tourism world,” says Roger Bailey from Blue Badge Tourist Guide.
“Events like the British Tourism & Travel Show are absolutely critical to see in volume some of the largest, through to the medium and smaller businesses, that are within the tourism trade,” says Ruairidh Roberts, head of travel at Google.
Find out more at https://www.tourismshow.co.uk/