Attractions unite to showcase Dorset to groups

A “fossils, fish and chips” fam trip for 47 group travel organisers has featured some of the top attractions across Dorset.

The trip was arranged by Daish’s Holidays with Steve Reed Tourism Ltd, in partnership with local tourism businesses such as City Cruises Poole, Lemur Leisure and Poole Tourism.

The GTOs were based at Prince Regent Hotel on the Weymouth seafront and visited Poole Museum and the Quayside Emporium, where the group watched a leather-making demonstration at Titan Leathercraft.

They took a fish-and-chips lunch cruise with City Cruises Poole, with views of Brownsea Island and Sandbanks.

Other visits during the fam trip included Athelhampton House and Gardens, a 15th century manor house near Tolpuddle; the Tank Museum in Bovington; and the Swanage Railway.

The GTOs also visited Kimmeridge Bay on the Jurassic Coast – which is famous for fossils – and went to the nearby Etches Collection, a museum created by fossil hunter and expert Steve Etches, who met the GTOs to talk about his visitor attraction.

Steve Reed, director of Steve Reed Tourism, said: “We were very pleased to have the support of the wonderful attractions – they really helped us to put together what was a tremendous set of tour ideas for the GTOs.

“The event was purely for group travel organisers and we can see that the itinerary they enjoyed will certainly help them plan and book their group tours.”