Exhibitor Press Releases 2019



Exhibiting Name: Harewood House Trust

Stand Number: C3

“Why are we so interested in craft today?” is the question the inaugural Harewood Biennial seeks to answer when it launches at Harewood House in March 2019 and opens a vibrant new season at the Yorkshire stately home. The first exhibition of the Harewood Biennial is Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters, which aims to challenge preconceptions, spark interest and inspire debate about the role craft can play in culture, identity and society. At a time when there is a surge of interest in craft, (from the supermarket to the catwalk) there is also confusion – is it a product or a process? Is it always handmade? Is it just a marketing buzzword?


Exhibiting Name: Storyteller

Stand Number: E22

It’s not often the case that the things we buy to treat ourselves pave the way for doing good works. Here at Storyteller, we think that philanthropy should be as important as profit. Education is our focus and as such, 10% of each purchase you make goes directly to support those less fortunate than ourselves and ensure that they get access to a quality education. The man behind Storyteller is Bhavesh Patel. While travelling in Peru and India in 2017, he couldn’t help noticing that many of the children he met were denied access to the calibre of education we take for granted, through poverty and a lack of provision. While many kids in the U


Exhibiting Name: Storyteller

Stand Number: E22

Storyteller is a purpose-driven business with a direct social mission; focusing on using its travel accessory products to make a global impact. Each item sold directly funds educational programmes and workshops for children and adults in less fortunate countries all over the world. Their flagship products is FlagMate, the keyring that combines the simplicity of a souvenir and longevity of a journal to help collect your travel memories. Made up from ethically sourced faux-leather, you attach hand-painted world flags from each place you have visited, with the added option to engrave your special memory on the back. At BTTS 2019, Storyt


Exhibiting Name: Storyteller

Stand Number: E22

Storyteller has created the gift that keeps on giving in the form of its customisable FlagMate collection. Better still, 10% of every sale goes directly to supporting educational programmes run by charities around the world. Combining the simplicity of a souvenir and longevity of a travel journal, FlagMate is the perfect gift for your favourite globetrotter. Whether it’s a memento of a friend’s travels or a souvenir of a special holiday you shared with your significant other, the collection is the perfect travel companion, helping to celebrate your memories whilst making a global impact. The bespoke products from Storyteller allow mod


Exhibiting Name: Peak District National Park Authority

Stand Number: C10

The English National Parks offer some of England’s most extraordinary outdoor living landscapes and to celebrate its rich culture, a brand new project has launched targeting international travel trade: The English National Park Experience Collection (ENPEC). Supported by VisitEngland’s Discover England Fund, the new Collection is made up of over 70 new immersive visitor experiences and over 80 accommodation providers, across nine of England’s National Parks. Carefully curated by local experts and designed for international travel trade with a specific focus on Australian, German and US markets, the Collection offers truly authentic and


Exhibiting Name: Tourism Swansea Bay

Stand Number: C27

Tourism trade association Tourism Swansea Bay are heading to Birmingham NEC next week to attend the British Tourism & Travel Show and will be flying the flag for Swansea and Neath Port Talbot tourism. The independent association will be at the show promoting its members (who are local accommodation providers, food & drink businesses, visitor attractions and activity providers) and encouraging tour operators and group travel organisers from the UK & abroad to consider adding Swansea, Mumbles, Gower and Neath Port Talbot destinations to their itineraries. Helping on the stand will be Gower Heritage Centre, Go Ape (Margam), National Waterf


Exhibiting Name: Music Heritage London

Stand Number: G48

Music Heritage London has brought the Swinging 1960s back to life again this year with 3 guided bus tour options connecting the capital’s legendary 60s music venues and cultural locations. Ideal for groups of 30 -72, these immersive tours, on a 1960s Routemaster London bus, travel back to the cradle of British R&B and locations that launched rock’s super-groups, highlighting where music legends lived and still live today. From cruising the King’s Road - the beating heart of Swinging London’s fashion culture, passengers can also dine at celebrated music venues or include a 60s tour of the Royal Albert Hall, the most iconic music venue in the w


Exhibiting Name: Yarn Market Hotel

Stand Number: E14

PRESS RELEASE DUNSTER’s YARN MARKET HOTEL FINALIST IN THE NATIONAL GROUP TRAVEL AWARDS 2018 The Yarn Market Hotel in Dunster is looking forward to once again exhibiting at BTTS. Antony Brunt, the hotel proprietor is a well- known figure on the Travel Trade Show circuit and has been found promoting the Yarn Market Hotel and the wider attractions of Exmoor across England and Wales. In 2018 the Yarn Market Hotel was listed as a finalist in the 2018 National Group Travel Awards and was one of seven nominated in the “Best Individual Hotel for Groups in the UK” category. Antony commented:- “We were delighted to be nominated as a final


Exhibiting Name: Croisieurope Cruises

Stand Number: D45

CROISIEUROPE LAUNCHES 2020 WORLDWIDE ITINERARIES Europe’s largest river cruise operator, CroisiEurope, has launched its brand new 2020 worldwide programme featuring 170 itineraries that take place on 56 ships on 39 waterways in 37 countries. There are a number of new itineraries for 2020 including: • A six-night cruise from Mantua to Venice through the heart of three Italian regions – Emilia Romagna, Lombardy and Veneto. The cruise calls at Valdaro, Torretta, Rovigo, Porto Viro, Porto Levante and Chioggia and includes optional excursions to Cremona, Parma, Verona and Vicenza. Cruise only prices from £1,214 per person. This cruise is


Exhibiting Name: Splendid Hospitality Group

Stand Number: D34

Splendid Hospitality Group (SHG) is one of the UK’s fastest growing privately owned hotel groups. It boasts a variety of properties from independents to major brands including IHG, Accor and Hilton. SHG’s portfolio spans throughout key cities in the UK, from London to Bristol to Scotland covering economy, midscale, boutique and luxury markets. The Grand York has recently opened its Cookery School, and we’ll add our fourth franchise Accor property with the addition of ibis Styles London Heathrow Airport East. "Extraordinary experiences are created when you go out of your way for someone. Everything we do is focused on genuine care, tu


Exhibiting Name: AC Group

Stand Number: D25

Award-winning wholesale tour operator AC Group is setting its sights on the UK domestic travel market, opening up the range of product on offer for group staycations and corporate and meeting bookers. Coach operators, group travel organisers and special interest groups – along with MICE bookers - can tap into the plethora of AC Group itineraries for UK and European travel, while maintaining their own brand to deliver the tour. Businesses will be able to benefit from the wholesaler’s volume buying, group contracts for accommodation and services while the dedicated AC Group Domestic Booking Team handle the arrangements, organise events


Exhibiting Name: Marketing Liverpool

Stand Number: D17

Liverpool City Region will once again be returning to the British Travel and Tourism Show on 20th-21st March. Liverpool is gearing up for yet another landmark year, fresh off the back of a successful 2018 that broke records for hotel occupancy across the city. 2019 will see a whole host of new attractions and events in the city as well as many returning favourites, many of whom will be attending the show with the team from Marketing Liverpool, the city region’s Destination Marketing Organisation. Showcasing some of Liverpool’s finest visitor attractions, Marketing Liverpool will be joined by many of their partners on the stand. The Liv


Exhibiting Name: Lake District Estates

Stand Number: G9

Leading heritage visitor attraction for families and rail enthusiasts in the UK, Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway is delighted to announce a new tour for small special interest groups with a yearning for the nostalgic age of steam in the stunning setting of UNESCO World Heritage Site the Lake District. With seven miles of track, Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway is one of the oldest and longest narrow gauge railways in England, known affectionately as La’al Ratty meaning “little railway” in olde Cumbrian dialect. Working in partnership with National Trust Steam Yacht Gondola and Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway is excited to launch t


Exhibiting Name: Mayo County Council

Stand Number: C22

Adventure Right at the heart of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, Mayo embraces the Atlantic Ocean with many of the county’s unforgettable landmarks dotted along its coastline - majestic Croagh Patrick, Clew Bay, Achill’s unmistakable cliffs, the Stags of Broadhaven and the sea stack Dún Briste. Mayo’s Atlantic coastline is a playground for those with an adventurous spirit, offering world-class deep sea fishing, kite surfing, coasteering, kayaking, walking, cycling and many beautiful Blue Flag beaches. Culture & Heritage Mayo is a county synonymous with rich, diverse heritage. If you are seeking the very best of Ire-land’s traditions and a


Exhibiting Name: Croisieurope Cruises

Stand Number: D45

Europe’s largest river cruise operator, CroisiEurope, has announced that it will inaugurate its newest ship - the MS Amalia Rodrigues - in Porto on 20th March 2019 in the presence of CroisiEurope’s owners, the Schmitter family. Built at the Meuse and Sambre shipyard in Namur, the MS Amalia Rodrigues is the sixth ship to join CroisiEurope’s fleet on the Douro and its third premium rated ship on the Golden River. The three-deck ship measures 80 metres long and 11.4 metres wide and can accommodate 132 passengers in 66 double-occupancy cabins, including four suite, two of which are on the upper deck and have terraces. There is also a cabi


Exhibiting Name: VisitScotland

Stand Number: C5

In 2020, Scotland will be celebrating the Year of Coasts and Waters to showcase the marine and coastal tourism sector. Scotland boasts thousands of miles of varied coastline, including many islands. The diverse coastal scenery ranges from dramatic cliffs and sea stacks to gleaming white beaches, offering an unparalleled range of experiences like wildlife watching, and island hopping. Scotland’s lochs, rivers and canals also form an important part of the visitor experience, such as boat trips and cruises, while the many nature reserves across the country are home to a tremendous variety of flora and fauna. The ways in which Scotlan


Exhibiting Name: The Abbey Hotel Donegal Town

Stand Number: G46

Discover Ireland’s best kept secret at the Abbey and Central Hotels Donegal – With miles of rugged coastline and a plethora of intriguing historical landmarks, County Donegal has long been known as a beautiful wilderness, filled with the remnants of bygone days. While it is still largely overlooked in favour of larger regions such as Dublin and Cork, a handful of shrewd travellers have begun to discover the charms of this pretty county and its namesake town, Donegal. Nestled in the mouth of Donegal Bay, this charming harbour community is picturesque yet lively. It is ideally located for those wanting to explore the 2,500km Wild Atlanti


Exhibiting Name: Visit Wales

Stand Number: A10

Visit Wales are delighted to be exhibiting at BTTS with the following partners:- North Wales - Go North Wales (C17) - Portmeirion (C15) - Royal Victoria Hotel Snowdonia (C13) Mid Wales - The Metropole Hotel & Spa (C11) South East Wales - Glamorgan County Cricket Club (A17) - The City of Newport (A19) - Parkway Hotel & Spa (A14) - Wales Millennium Centre (A12) South West Wales - Stradey Park Hotel & Spa (A20) Pan Wales - Cadw (A18) - Mint, Mine & Vine (A15) - Welsh Water Visitor Attractions (A21) - WHISPER Hotels (A16) Discover Welsh traditions and music with Hwyl Events at BTTS. Hwyl Events offers traditional a


Exhibiting Name: City & Guilds

Stand Number: A3

City & Guilds are one of the largest End-point Assessment organisations in the UK, offering the final End-point Assessment in 50+ apprenticeship standards covering a diverse range of vocational industry areas. We are currently looking to recruit Independent End-point Assessors (IEPAS) who are currently working in industry, or have industry experience. This works excellently alongside your current work role, and we offer excellent training, support and salary for the assessments you conduct. Visit our website for more information and to apply for this exciting opportunity https://www.cityandguilds.com/apprenticeships/independent-end-assess


Exhibiting Name: Bournemouth & Poole Tourism

Stand Number: A35

With 10 miles of award winning sandy beaches, Europe’s largest natural harbour and an outstanding programme of free festivals and events, Bournemouth and Poole offer awe-inspiring adventures for groups all year round. Nestled on the South Coast and surrounded by rolling countryside, experience warmer weather, a breath-taking coastline and loads to do on land and at sea - it really is the coast with the most! Discover Bournemouth with its blue flag beaches, grade II listed Victorian gardens, parks and nature reserves, attractions, activities, restaurants and bars, shops, entertainment and quaint coastal villages. Explore Poole – home to Eur


Exhibiting Name: Viva Blackpool

Stand Number: C34

Viva, the Vegas Venue in the heart of the Blackpool are thrilled to announce they will be launching ‘Viva! The Vegas Variety Show’, brand new for 2019 on Saturday 2nd February, in a spectacular performance filled with even more glitz and glamour than ever before. Known as Blackpool’s biggest and best night out, this is set to be one of Viva's most popular shows to date, bringing you a night filled with laughs, music and dance - starring your hilarious host for the evening Leye D Johns, the resident Viva Showgirls, amazing vocalists and flawless male and female dancers. This phenomenal Vegas-style production is filled with a variety


Exhibiting Name: The Lowry

Stand Number: A8

Salford Quays: home to MediaCityUK is Greater Manchester's contemporary waterfront destination and home to some of the most spectacular attractions and iconic buildings in the UK. It’s one of the North West's best cultural, sporting and leisure destinations, where you'll discover a whole host of exciting places and activities to see and do. Housed within one square mile, all of its attractions are within easy walking distance, making it the ideal location for a day out or weekend break. Salford Quays is a one-stop destination for entertainment, dining out, sports, arts, culture and shopping, with over 7 million people visiting the area ea


Exhibiting Name: The Ticket Factory Groups

Stand Number: F31

Come and visit the friendly team from the Ticket Factory Group Sales Department... ask about the latest events and Group deals available.


Exhibiting Name: Europlan Spa

Stand Number: B49

“The Passion Play Sordevolo”, and Europlan at “British Tourism & Travel Show 2019” in Birmingham. With over 50 years of experience Europlan is proud to have grown into one of the largest DMC in the Italy with the privilege of becoming local agent for many of Europe's leading tour operators . Based on lake Garda Europlan offers a wide range of products and activities for groups around the whole of Italy with a focus on the northern Italian lakes. Amongst our specialized products we offer sports and activity packages - including walking , cycling and watersports and a variety of team sports. - plus special interest cultural and gastronom


Exhibiting Name: Gwili Steam Railway

Stand Number: G16

The Gwili Steam Railway has improved their visitor attraction with new events and a mobile friendly website. New events include, Teddy Bear's Picnic and Halloween. Our line is now extended to over 7 miles with new steam locomotives hired for the 2019 season.


Exhibiting Name: Grant Arms Hotel

Stand Number: A1

Grant Arms Hotel achieves 4 Stars and Rosette Delighted to announce 4 Stars have been awarded to the Grant Arms Hotel by Automobile Association and at the same time, awarded One Rosette to the Restaurant and Kitchen. Continuous reinvestment, upgrade and team development have all contributed to this fantastic achievement and formally recognises high customer ratings. Head Chef, Fred Hart together with Restaurant Manager, Pam Cairns are fully committed to maintaining, growing and developing the food and service offerings within the AA Rosette scheme. The Grant Arms Hotel Team is passionate about customer service and hospitality and also v