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.

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NEW AGTO SCOTLAND BRANCH

In line with its strategy to expand its network of branches around the UK, the formation of an AGTO Scotland Branch was announced at the Association's AGM held at The Excursions Show in London. AGTO's Chief Executive, Mike Bugsgang said: "We are extremely excited about this development that has been made possible by the efforts of AGTO member David Urquhart Travel. Scotland offers a huge variety of destinations and accommodation for group organisers' itineraries and the establishment of an AGTO Branch in the country will provide a forum for networking between GTOs and suppliers to work more closely together."

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. 

 

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


AGTO QUESTION TIME AT BTTS

AGTO will be running a session entitled Question Time: The Changing Face of Group Travel at the British Tourism & Travel Show (BTTS) at the NEC on Thursday 23 March 2017. The session will include a panel of GTOs and suppliers who will be sharing their thoughts around the current issues and challenges facing organisers. This will be an interactive session with time allocated for GTOs attending to put their questions to the panel.

The panel comprises:

Mike Bugsgang – Chief Executive AGTO (Chair)

Yasmin Choudhury – GTO

Siobhan Harrison – Travel Trade Manager, English Heritage

Pauline Johnson – GTO, Chair, AGTO Central Branch

Sam Sciortino – Commercial Team Leader, Towergate Insurance

The BTTS AGTO ‘Question Time’ is exclusively for group travel organisers and advance booking is necessary to attend. For details contact cbissell@divcom.co.uk

 

 

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

 

MEMBERS NEWS

AGM AT EXCURSIONS 2017

 

The recent AGM was well attended by GTO and Associate members. The Board of Directors and CEO are pictured at the event.

 

AMBASSADOR SCHEME SUCCESS

 

Launched towards the end of 2016, the Ambassador recruitment campaign provided GTO members with a special badge to identify them as an AGTO representative at trade shows and other events. The scheme has enabled them to engage with prospective new organiser members and discuss the benefits of joining AGTO. Initial results have been very encouraging. Pictured is Maura Houlihan (left) one of the first GTOs recruited by AGTO Ambassador Lynda Wright of Eastern Branch.

 

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.