GTOs head to Norfolk for AGTO anniversary showcase

The Association of Group Travel Organisers (AGTO) expects record numbers at its Silver Anniversary Showcase Weekend at Dunston Hall Hotel, Norwich (October 28-30).

Mike Bugsgang, AGTO chief executive, said: “This will be a very special event as we will be marking the association’s 25th anniversary.

“The showcase will provide a great opportunity for our members to get together to plan their itineraries for 2017 and beyond, as well as experiencing a part of Britain that is particularly popular with groups.

“Initial reaction to the Showcase Weekend has been enthusiastically received by AGTO members and we are expecting a record attendance for this landmark event in the association’s history.”

Group organiser and associate members from across the UK will participate in business and social sessions, and can take one of three fam trips.

There will be a welcome session from Visit East Anglia, a marketing seminar, AGTO branch and annual general meetings, networking sessions and an anniversary dinner with entertainment arranged by headline sponsor, Made.

Dunston Hall is part of the QHotels group and is on the outskirts of the city.

Fam trip programme:
• Fam 1 – Unesco City of Literature – A Tale of Two Cities
Norwich, with emphasis on literature.
Coffee at the cathedral, city coach tour, then lunch at Delia Smith’s restaurant at Norwich City Football Club.
Scenic drive through Brecklands to Melford Hall, a National Trust property where Beatrix Potter was a regular visitor.
Afternoon tea at Bury St Edmunds.

• Fam 2 – Deep History Coast
90th Birthday connections at Sandringham.
Coastal delights of Cromer.
Lunch and coffee stops.

• Fam 3 – Great Yarmouth and the Broads
Visit to Wroxham Barns on the Broads to see artisan craftspeople at work.
Discover the maritime town of Great Yarmouth for fish ‘n’ chip lunch.
Cruise along the Broads on a Mississippi paddle steamer.