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

Email: agto@agto.co.uk      Tel: 01787 221022  

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 Notice Board

STOP PRESS

Please find the latest situation update correct as at 16.00 17 February 2020.

 

  1. As of 17 February, a total of 4,501 people have been tested in the UK, of which 4,492 were confirmed negative and 9 positive. Of the nine people in England who have tested positive for COVID-19,  eight people have been discharged from hospital and one person remains in the care of the NHS.
  2. Globally as of 17 February there are 71,329 cases of which 70,548 are in China. The fatalities to date are 1,775 (1,770 of these are within China, 1 in the Philippines, 1 in Hong Kong and 1 in Japan, 1 in France, and 1 in Taiwan).
  3. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is working across Government on repatriation plans for entitled persons from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan
  4. Flights to the UK from mainland China are continuing to provide health announcements to passengers and are still providing a general declaration an hour out from landing. 
  5. On 14 February the Department for Transport issued guidance for staff in the transport sector that frontline staff may find useful.

The Home Office and UKVI have issued immigration guidance for individuals in the UK who are unable to return to China.

 

VB are also speaking to Public Health England to get advice for the tourism industry approved and will share this with you as soon as possible. All other advice remains unchanged

 

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EXCURSIONS 2020

What a great Saturday AGTO had at Alexandra Palace, with the AGTO video playing on the stand and on the big screens the team, ably led by David Steele and Ann Barnes signed up 18 new members.  Great result!!

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 2020 AGTO SHOWCASE WEEKEND 

SOLD OUT!! 

ETTINGTON CHASE, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

21-23RD FEBRUARY 2020

If you haven't booked and wish to attend please speak with David Steele association-membership@agto.co.uk about alternative accommodation

 

HEADLINE SPONSOR

dON'T MISS THIS EXCITING OPPORTUNITY TO MEET LIKE MINDED AGTO MEMBERS BOTH GROUP TRAVEL ORGANISERS AND SUPPLIER MEMBERS

Full details click here

Booking Form click here

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agto members have a fantastic night at the gl&t awards

At a glittering award ceremony held at the Milton Keynes Stadium, AGTO sponsored the Excellence Award, this is awarded for an individual’s service to group travel organisers, this award was created to shine a spotlight on travel industry professionals who go the extra mile for their customers. The award was won by one of our members Ellie Fulcher of Fred. Olsen Cruises, pictured below with Wendy Hartley-Scarff & celebrity  presenter Martin Bayfield (ex England Rugby player, commentator and stunt double for Hagrid in the Harry Potter films as you can see VERY tall!)

Star of the evening was our very own Sue Shapland who was awarded Group Travel Organiser of the Year 2019, Recognising special people for the last 20 years, the award was set up to highlight great GTOs, finding out about where they go, what they do and more about the people they organise for. Congratulations Sue, well deserved !

 

AGTO  Associate members members were also honoured winning the following categories:

Best Museum or Gallery  -  V & A

Best Coach or Tour Operator UK Tours  -  Edwards Coaches

Best Event for Groups  -  RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show

Best Christmas Experience  -  Waddesdon Manor

Best Guided Tour  -  Houses of Parliament

Best Accommodation for Groups  -  Daishs Holidays

Best Group Dining Experience  -  Warner Leisure Hotels

Best Cruise Line  -  Fred Olsen Cruise Line

Best Group Tour Operator - Long Haul   -  just for groups!

Best UK Attraction  -  Coca-Cola London Eye

   

After a great evening AGTO exhibited at the GL&T event the following day.  We launched our new video which was a resounding success and we were very busy recruiting new members, both GTOs and Associates.

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Uk TOURISM STATISTICS 2019

2019 Tourism Statistics Publication

With it increasing looking like we will have an election before the end of the year, the Tourism Alliance have produced a new version of the Tourism Statistics publication which is a compendium of facts and figures that you can use in putting together manifestos, lobbying documents and submissions. The headline figures are that tourism generates revenue of £149.5bn per annum. This is up £18.5bn over the last two years – which is growth of 14.5% - making tourism one of the UK’s largest and most successful industries.  If you would like a full copy of the report, please contact: ceo1@agto.co.uk 

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 NEW DIRECTORS JOIN THE AGTO BOARD

AGTO strengthens Board with four new directors

AGTO, the Association of Group Travel Organisers, has appointed four new directors as it moves forward to further strengthen membership and travel trade engagement.

The new directors are Lynne Cooper, group travel trade manager with New Lanark Mills World Heritage Site, Joanna Freeman, marketing and social media executive with UK Parliament (the Houses of Parliament), Helen Goggin, sales manager at national Coach Holiday operator Alfa Travel, and Elizabeth Mounser, proprietor of Yorkshire-based E. M. Consultancy. 

Commenting on the changes, Wendy Hartley-Scarff, AGTO chief executive, says: “I’m delighted to welcome Lynne, Joanna, Helen and Elizabeth to the AGTO Board. They bring with them valuable experience that will play a key role as we continue to strengthen our membership and travel trade engagement. I would also like to pay my special thanks to Alex and Martin. Over the last few years they, along with our other directors, have been instrumental in the continued growth of AGTO. We are now in a strong position to further develop our position as the UK’s largest independent membership organisation supporting and representing the interests of individuals who organise travel for groups.”

 

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DIRECTORS step down from the BOARD 

GOODBYE  FROM THE BOARD TO MARTIN HAY, GO CRUSIE  AND ALEX JACOBS NORTHERN SECRETS, WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

BOTH WILL REMAIN ACTIVE MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION SO WE WILL STILL BE IN CONTACT WITH THEM

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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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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

 

IMPORTANT news

AGTO has always stressed the need for Members to make sure they use Operators who are sufficiently bonded - make sure you use a responsible and financially sound tour operator and always ensure you have proof that adequate Bonding is in place.  

Unfortunately all too often Members continue to carry out their business without their own Insurance relying on the Operators.                  NB:  Always check the bonding credentials

Unfortunately we have had news of a couple of businesses that have collapsed leaving customers with no recourse:   East Anglia Holidays and Carol Peters Coachs in Kent                  

https://www.edp24.co.uk/business/holiday-company-east-anglian-homes-collapsed-owing-90-000-1-6471805

https://theisleofthanetnews.com/2020/01/19/carol-peters-travel-apologises-to-customers/

 

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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:

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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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