Don’t cast us all in the same mould

Upon reading the letter from Simon Ayers of Simply Groups in last month’s issue (GTO 224, August) about GTOs not making bookings on the back of familiarisation trips, I have to confess that I was somewhat surprised by the tone.
Sometimes our plans for the next 12 to 18 months have already been firmed up and we are looking at future possibilities, not immediate.
If there were candidates who they clearly identified in the category they described I would have thought it better to advise yourselves, not cast us all in the same mould.
On an entirely different subject, I see there is another Tourism & Events Showcase taking place in February. I attended the excellent exhibition at Doncaster Racecourse earlier this year and wondered when registration would be open for the 2012 event. Your assistance on this matter would be very much appreciated.

Carol Nardell
Independent Travel & Conference Organiser


Editor’s note:
Visitor registration for the 2012 Tourism & Events Showcase is now open and GTOs can book their place at
Registration for the inaugural South West Group Travel Show is also now open. To attend, simply log on to
For more details about both shows, click here.