Change of ownership for GTO magazine, the Awards and Group Travel Shows

The group travel magazine and other group travel activities previously carried out by Landor Travel Publications (LTP) have now been sold and acquired by two people whose names may be familiar to some of our long-established readers, Jamie Cash and Chris Cheek. After meeting during their time with GTO, Jamie and Chris work together on a number of projects, including the UK Bus Awards and the UK Coach Awards.

Jamie Cash held a number of senior positions at Group Travel Organiser magazine for over 15 years, after joining as editor in May 1995. He helped to establish and then manage the Group Travel Awards, and took part in the whole range of LTP’s activities within the organiser community including its role in founding and then developing GTOA (now AGTO, the Association of Group Travel Organisers).

Jamie said, “I’m delighted that Chris and I have been given the opportunity to take up the reins of GTO again, and I am really looking forward to connecting with old friends and making new ones within the world of Group Travel.”

Chris Cheek was one of the founder-directors of the magazine back in 1988, and was consultant editor for twenty years until May 2009, when he resigned to concentrate on other activities. Regular readers from those years will recall Chris’s columns on theatre and entertainment, the forerunners of the Make a Date section of the magazine.

Chris said, “I’ve always been very proud of the work we did in the early days of the magazine to help build a community for group organisers. I very much enjoyed my time writing for the magazine and meeting readers and members of the travel trade, and I’m glad of the chance to help take this all forward in the post-Covid age.”

Jamie and Chris will be taking a little time to review the future of the magazine and its other activities, and will be making further announcements in the New Year.

Peter Stonham, who worked with both Chris and Jamie in the early days of Group Travel Organiser, and has been chairman and editorial director of Landor Travel Publications, has decided to step away from the group travel sector and work on other business ventures. “I’m pleased to pass group travel activities to Chris and Jamie as very suitable and knowledgeable custodians of these pioneering products,” he said. The Landor Travel Publications business will now be closed.

Find out more about the new owners here.

To contact the new owners, please e-mail: hello@grouptravelorganiser.com