Welcome to the Official Website for the ASSOCIATION OF Group Travel Organisers 

Email: agto@agto.co.uk      Tel: 020 8253 4505

The AGTO is an independent organisation representing the interests of those who organise tours and trips for groups as well as those who provide services for group travel.

The Association has over 200 supplier members that provide GTOs with information on everything from tours,  hotels and destinations to museums, galleries, gardens and attractions.

Our supplier members can support you with organising day trips, overnights, short haul or long haul excursions as well as offering exclusive fam trips and educationals. For more information just click on the 'Special Offers' link below.

The AGTO also offers our Organiser members an exclusive Organisers Liability Insurance Scheme as well as free legal advice and much more.

AGTO - The Organisation For Organisers!

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LEGAL HELPLINE

ALL AGTO MEMBERS ARE ENTITLED TO FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE

 

30 minutes free telephone advice at a time, on areas such as:

-Litigation (i.e. customer or supplier disputes);

-Commercial (i.e. advice regarding Terms and Conditions, Agreements, GDPR etc.);

-Regulatory (i.e. advice concerning the Package Travel Regulations, ATOL Regulations etc.);

-Intellectual Property;

-Corporate Legal Advice;

-Health and Safety.

CALL 0113 258 0033

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WHAT SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND!

SHOWCASE & AGM 22-24 FEBRUARY 2019

Robin Hood reveals the secrets of Nottingham at successful AGTO Showcase

An opportunity to explain why Nottingham is an ideal destination for group visits brought Robin Hood to the Association of Group Travel Organisers Showcase Weekend held at Eastwood Hall Hotel near Nottingham from 22 to 24 February.

The three-day event, which combines familiarisation trips, a trade exhibition, tourism presentations and a gala dinner, attracted more than 100 AGTO members and Associates from across the country.

Hosts Visit Nottinghamshire and Newark and Sherwood District Council brought delegates up to speed on Nottingham and Nottinghamshire’s group-friendly credentials.

Robin Hood, aka ‘Ezekial Bone’, aka Ade Andrews, offers character-led heritage tours that capture the spirit of Nottingham. Travelling with one of three familiarisation trips he led the group to Wollaton Hall, the National Justice Museum, and on a short walking tour through Nottingham’s magnificent Lace Quarter.  

Other fam trips included trips to Newstead Abbey, the D.H.Lawrence Birthplace Museum in Eastwood, a cruise on the River Trent with Princess Cruises and a visit to Holme Pierrepoint Hall.

A key part of the Showcase Weekend is the Associates Exhibition, giving the opportunity for AGTO members to meet with around 30 supplier members.

Commenting on the event, Wendy Hartley-Scarff, AGTO chief executive, says: “The Showcase Weekend is a key event in the AGTO calendar, and a key benefit of AGTO membership, bringing together GTOs from our many regional groups. The itinerary is designed to give them the opportunity to talk to other GTOs and suppliers in a relaxed environment, to share ideas of what worked and what didn’t and to go away with inspiration for day trips and holidays for the year ahead.

“I’d like to thank Visit Nottinghamshire, Newark and Sherwood District Council, English Heritage, and the National Garden Scheme, and our sponsors South Quay Travel & Leisure, Cruise & Maritime Voyages, Historic Royal Palaces and Made Tourism Marketing for their magnificent support. This was my first Showcase Weekend since becoming chief executive and I’m already looking at ways to make the 2020 event even more beneficial for GTOs and our Associate members.”

View pictures of the event, courtesy of Tony Wright:

The Trent River Cruise and Holme Pierrepoint Hall

Eastwood Hall, Southwell Minster and National Civil War Centre


Thanks also to the Eastwood Hall Hotel  for their excellent service and assistance to make the event run smoothly and without a hitch, to check out the hotel and facilities click here

EVENTS DIARY AND TRADE SHOWS

AGTO attends all the major trade shows during the year. It also exhibits at many of the regional trade events.  For the latest Events Diary listing, click here


Read the Latest AGTO MAGAZINE

Last one in the current format, next edition will be revamped with look, feel and content.  Click here

RECENT ARTICLES IN THE PRESS

See AGTO's latest in the Press, click here

 

STOP PRESS
BREXIT UPDATE - 3 APRIL 2019

The Government has produced the attached Coms Toolkit for explaining impacts on travelers to the UK in both a deal and no deal scenario. The toolkit contains key information and messages for use including images and text that can be either printed or added to website.

For Toolkit click here

In addition to the toolkit, there is also the UK Government website which is continually updated. 

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CHECK OUT ENGLISH HERITAGE ON THE SPECIAL OFFER SECTION - CHANGE IN PROCESS FOR FREE PASSES! 

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PACKAGE TRAVEL DIRECTIVE EFFECTIVE
1 JULY 2018

What is the EU Package Travel Directive?

Information from Towergate plus a protective policy click here

gdpr

The new legislation came into effect on the 25th May and with all the hype around the new elements of the ruling we can be forgiven for getting a little worried, but advice from our Advisors, Travlaw is:

KEEP CALM

AND

DON'T PANIC!
 

Special Bulletins were issued to all members in May highlighting the changes together with some FAQs received from AGTO members.

To read the Special Bulletins click here  FAQs click here

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AGTO ATTEND GROUP LEISURE & TRAVEL EXHIBITION & AWARDS EVENING

See who won at the 2018 Group Leisure & Travel Awards, as we look back on another glittering occasion when the best attractions, destinations, shows and companies for groups were recognised, based on the votes and nominations received from readers of GLT magazine.

A great evening where AGTO sponsored Best Guided Tour which was won by Woburn Abbey & Gardens

See all the winners  click here

Picture gallery of the evening click here

Picture gallery of the Show click here

New venue for 2019 -  The 2019 Group Leisure & Travel Awards will take place on Wednesday 9th October at the Hilton hotel at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes.

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SCOTLAND DEVELOPMENTS  

GREAT NEWS – SPECIAL OFFER

 

Especially for AGTO GTO members National Trust Scotland has replicated the deal we have for GTOs with the National Trust in the UK – free entrance to NTS sites – some 88 properties and 76,000 hectares of countryside & gardens.  Further information click here