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Leading tourism attractions to gather at York’s National Railway Museum

Group Travel Organisers (GTOs) from across Yorkshire and beyond are being invited to attend the fifth annual Tourism & Events Showcase taking place at the National Railway Museum, York, on Saturday 31st January between 10.00am and 2.00pm.

This free to attend Tourism & Events Showcase is the only group travel show to take place in Yorkshire and it will bring together visitor attractions, destinations and hotels from across the county and surrounding areas as well other parts of Britain, providing inspiration for GTOs who are looking to book days out and short breaks for their members.

All GTOs are welcome, whether organising for school or youth groups, sports or social groups such as the University of the Third Age or national groups such as the National and Decorative Fine Arts Society. Over 60 attractions and destinations will attend including Visit York, York’s Chocolate Story, Jorvik, York Minster, Castle Howard, Haworth Art Gallery, North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Sewerby Hall, Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Thackray Medical Museum and the M&S Company Archive.

From further afield, group booking teams from Manchester United, Manchester City Football Club, the National Football Museum, the Pennine Museums Group, Waddesdon Manor, as well as destinations Visit Scarborough, Visit Lancashire, Visit Southport and Melton Mowbray will be at the event.

Following major investment in several city attractions and hotels, Visit York will be unveiling fresh ideas for group visits, including updates on 2014 developments such as the 1914: When the World Changed Forever exhibition at York Castle Museum and the new Richard III Experience at Monk Bar and the Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar. The Visit York team will also be highlighting attractions and venues set to re-open in 2015 including the new look York Army Museum, York Art Gallery - where a brand new Centre of Ceramic Art will showcase work from York’s extensive collection of British studio ceramics - the Living Heritage project at the Bar Convent and York Theatre Royal, which will undergo a £multi-million re-development.

Adrian Gates, commercial Director at Landor Travel Publications, the show organiser, in partnership with Visit York and the National Railway Museum said, ‘York is arguably “the jewel in the crown” in terms of being able to offer groups the very best group travel experience. We are delighted to be holding the Tourism & Events Showcase in this great city in such an iconic visitor attraction and we look forward to welcoming members of Yorkshire’s burgeoning group travel fraternity on 31st January.’

Kate McMullen, Head of Visit York said, ‘We’re delighted to welcome this showcase event for Group Travel Organisers to York. No other city of its size can offer such a huge variety of things to see and do. We’re confident Group Travel Organisers will be inspired by what’s on offer and we’re keen to assist tour operators with new ideas to help plan their tour programmes for next year and beyond.’

During the show, Group Travel Organisers will also be able to tour the National Railway Museum and attend specialist seminars. Free coach transfers are available from a number of pick-up points in Yorkshire and Lancashire. For further information and to register for the show or for coach transfers please contact Julie Hart on 01424 572089 or email her at or visit



Media Contacts:
For further Information: Kay Hyde, Head of communications, Visit York, Tel 01904 554451 email or Adrian Gates, Landor Travel Publications, Tel 01424 472087 email:

Notes to Editors
Journalists and photographers are welcome to attend the show, please just register for free in advance. Adrian Gates from Landor Travel Publications and Michelle Brown, Marketing Manager (Leisure) will be available for interview at the event.

Notes To The Editor

Visit York

• Visit York is supported by City of York Council and over 700 tourism businesses and works in partnership with VisitEngland.

• Visit York’s aim is to market York as a must-see world-class destination to the leisure and business visitor, and ensure investment to develop the quality of tourism in York. Visit York is responsible for leisure and conference marketing, visitor services (running the city’s Visitor Information Centre), training and ensuring a quality visitor experience.

• Visit York is the driving force of the city’s tourism industry. Key facts:
7 million visitors
£606 million total visitor spend
20, 000 jobs