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AGTO’s 25th Anniversary Showcase
Welcome to the Official Website for the ASSOCIATION OF Group Travel Organisers
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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AGTO CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF GROUP ORGANISING
The Association celebrated its 25th anniversary with a sell-out Showcase Weekend at Dunston Hall Hotel, Norwich. 150 delegates representing group organisers and associate members attended from all around the UK for a series of business sessions, networking, familiarisation trips and the Showcase. Delegates heard that the newly launched Ambassador recruitment scheme aimed at boosting GTO membership had started extremely well. Also that 2016 had been a ‘landmark year’ for the Association with Silver Anniversary celebrations and a rebranding exercise, which saw a change of name from GTOA to AGTO together with a smart new identity. To ensure that the views of the group travel sector were considered in discussions with government and legislators, AGTO had joined the Tourism Alliance.
For photos of the Showcase Weekend click here articles and photos will also appear in the AGTO Newsletter later this month.
AGTO AGM 2017
The AGM will take place at lunchtime on Saturday 28 January 2017 during the Excursions Show, Alexandra Palace, London. Further information including timings will be available in due course.
Recent Articles Appearing In the Press
Travel GBI covered AGTO's Showcase Weekend in Norwich in a special online report. Click here for the full article.
See AGTO's update in the latest edition of Group Travel World by clicking here
EVENTS DIARY AND TRADE SHOWS 2016/17
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
JANE ASHER TO SPEAK AT EXCURSIONS 2017
Glamorous star of stage and screen, Jane Asher, will be a special guest speaker at 11.30am in the AGTO Area at Excursions 2017 at Alexandra Palace, London, on Saturday 28 January. After officially opening the event, Ms Asher will be taking time out to talk to visitors about the importance of London theatres to GTOs in a session sponsored by made tourism marketing. She will also discuss her new role as Madame Baurel in the fabulous musical, An American in Paris, due to open at London’s Dominion Theatre on 4 March 2017.
AGTO’s Chief Executive, Mike Bugsgang, said: “Visitors to the Show can take a short break from walking the aisles to listen to Jane Asher’s views on the groups market for theatres. The session is open to all visitors to the Show and there will be a prize draw for tickets to An American in Paris.”
At the Showcase Weekend diners were treated to some West End entertainment provided by headline sponsors made tourism marketing. Emma Hatton, fresh from starring as Elphaba in Wicked and Oliver Tompsett who played Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls at the Phoenix Theatre, performed a stirring repertoire of songs from West End musicals including Wicked and Les Miserables.
AGTO Joins The Tourism Alliance
AGTO has become a member of The Tourism Alliance. The Tourism Alliance comprises leading trade associations/trade bodies within the tourism industry. The purpose of the Tourism Alliance is to identify and develop policies and strategies to raise standards and promote quality within the industry and work with and lobby government on all key issues relevant to the growth and development of tourism and its contribution to the economy. Mike Bugsgang, Chief Executive of AGTO said: “The Tourism Alliance plays a vital role in lobbying government on key strategic issues facing the tourism industry. It is therefore important that AGTO is engaged with this work to enable us to keep our members updated on the various aspects of legislation affecting the group travel sector.”
Pictured are Mike Bugsgang (left) and Kurt Janson, Director of The Tourism Alliance.
AGTO is looking to recruit new group organiser members with a campaign that will include the introduction of an Ambassador scheme and additional member benefits. The Ambassador scheme will see the Association’s existing 400 GTO members wear a specially designed badge to identify them as an AGTO representative at trade shows and other events. This will enable them to engage with prospective new organiser members and talk to them about the benefits of joining AGTO. A series of briefing sessions and an incentive scheme will operate to assist existing members to undertake this work.