British Tourism & Travel Show 2020 highlights

The British Travel & Tourism Show 2020 is soon approaching, and many of this year’s 250+ exhibitors are planning some exciting new launches.

The event will showcase some of the best new up and coming trends, products and experiences in the tourism and travel industry, with the pick of the UK & Ireland exhibiting across the two-day show. From new events and packages to experiences and attractions, there will be something for all types of tour operators, group travel organisers and travel trade professionals. Here are some of the exhibitors and the products they will be showcasing:

Hambledon Vineyard, the UK’s only gravity-fed winery, will be unveiling plans for the development of a new tasting room and visitor centre overlooking the vineyards. New tours and increased wine storage capacity will be coming in September 2020.

Gwili Railway will be hosting a special London Transport Weekend to celebrate VE Day on 8 May 2020. Gwili will be entertaining visitors at BTTS with information on the dining train and how volunteers can get involved in the evacuee experience. A GWR Pannier Tank L92 steam train (5786), courtesy of the South Devon Railway, will be available for driver experience days during March, April and May and will also take part in their Steam Gala in June and Classic Transport Weekend in July.

Sefton Council Southport and Visit Southport will be inviting visitors to discover Southport Pick ‘n’ Mix, a selection of inspirational ideas for a 4-night group-friendly itinerary that combines the town’s many attractions with visits to neighbouring destinations. There will also be an opportunity to win a 2-night VIP short break for two people.

Harewood House are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their Bird Garden this year. Groups can take guided tours to discover more about the birds Harewood cares for, as well as revisiting Harewood’s heritage as a royal household and filming location through two newly enhanced exhibitions, Becoming the Yorkshire Princess and Harewood on Film.

Ashley and Newey are pleased to be launching a unique website on 23 March 2020. This will allow coach operators to instantly search and book available tours and group hotel space in real-time this is exclusive to Ashley & Newey and one-of-a-kind for a tour wholesaler.

Finesse Chauffeurs are launching the new Cotswold Tours, which will take visitors off the beaten track to show them some amazing sights and experiences. They are offering luxury, personalised travel for up to seven people.

The Silverstone Experience is a brand-new immersive visitor attraction. The new Silverstone Museum, located at the famous grand prix venue, is an interactive exhibition which takes visitors on a journey through the past, present and future of British motorsport. The experience offers visitors a chance to test their skills as a WW2 pilot, try out a pit gun and walk on the original grand Prix circuit. This half-day experience will thrill visitors old and young and is open 364 days a year.

Mayflower 400 are telling visitors about The Box, a new heritage and cultural centre opening in Plymouth this May marking the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. Opening with the exhibition Mayflower Legend and Legacy, this state-of-the-art venue has permanent and touring exhibitions and houses Devon’s archives. Groups are welcome, with tours available.

Tornado Railtours ‘The Aberdonian’ is a new programme of steam trains running from July to September 2020 and starting in Edinburgh. The train is hauled by the world-famous steam locomotive Tornado. Passengers will travel over the iconic Forth Bridge before heading north along the picturesque Fife coastline to Aberdeen. There are options to visit the local castle and distillery (stand C10).

Royal Horticultural Society will be promoting its world-class Gardens and Show. Learn about the new RHS Garden Bridgewater in Greater Manchester, Europe’s biggest gardening project (opening 30 July 2020), the new RHS Garden Wisley Welcome area and new National Centre for Horticultural Science opening in 2021.

Norman Allen Group are unveiling a wide selection of new tours, to go along with their near 200 carefully researched existing tours.

Dunster in Exmoor and The Yarn Market Hotel is offering several residential breaks in 2020 in conjunction with the West Somerset Railways events, including their 1960s day and dance and 1940s weekend, as well as the railway’s regular Gala weekends.

Cruise and Maritime Voyages are showcasing their biggest ever program dedicated to the British cruise market. They will also be offering a Buy One Get One Free offer on every cruise when booked by 31 May 2020. They offer four ships sailing from 12 UK and Ireland ports, and 166 worldwide cruising holidays.

Business Companion, the government-funded website, will be at the British Tourism & Travel Show to raise awareness of their latest guidance for the travel sector. The purpose is to provide key points and guidance in understanding the requirements of the Package Travel Regulations 2018.

Glanusk Events are promoting the Glanusk Caravan Park, which launched in 2019. The park is situated right in the heart of the Estate – a unique and special location for caravan, motorhome, touring vehicle and camping, making it an ideal base for touring Mid Wales, the iconic Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons National Park.

Ian Burnett Highland Chocolatier offers a first in tourism — guided Chocolate Tasting “Flights” delivered by an internationally awarded Master Chocolatier. Tours are given by staff or through multi-lingual audio-guides. Availability for all group sizes/interests, at any venue, on-board a coach or at chocolate visitor attraction on the main route out of Edinburgh/Glasgow.

Welsh Mining Experience has launched a truly evocative audio-visual presentation. Colliery Boy tells the story based on Joseph Keating, the 12-year-old child miner from South Wales. Listen to his daily diary as he tells of the trials and tribulations that no child should endure (Stand A19).

Lake District Estates has a brand-new launch for 2020. Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway are launching a new 1st class observation carriage. Sit back, relax and enjoy a trip in true style and comfort. Offering panoramic views of the Eskdale Valley, this new carriage is perfect for groups of up to 14 passengers (stand F8).

Bear Grylls Adventure is now able to accommodate coach and travel trade business. The new tour packages allow for groups and corporate clients to take part in their epic experiences.

Bletchley Park are set to unveil their top-secret impact on the planning and implementation of D-Day in a new immersive exhibition, D-Day: Interception, Intelligence, Invasion. Featuring a specially commissioned film projected on a 22m screen, the audio-visual experience is in the newly restored Teleprinter Building.

Leisureplex Hotels have added two new hotels to their portfolio in 2019 – The Monarch Hotel in Bridlington and the Metropole Hotel in Torquay, which is just a 5-minute walk from the beach and is a convenient base to explore beautiful Torquay.

Visit Wales is celebrating the wonderful outdoors of Wales in 2020 and 2021 and inviting visitors to explore the national parks, mountains, coastline and UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Wales, and discover how the outdoors has shaped Welsh culture and identity.

Jewellery Quarter BID want tourists to get the most out of their visit to the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham with two brand new overnight packages. Visitors can treat their partner with the ‘Romantic Jewellery Quarter Birmingham City Break’ or get creative with friends in the ‘Jewellery Quarter Craft City Break’. Both packages include an overnight hotel stay.

Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia at Adventure Parc Snowdonia will welcome its first guests in December 2020. The new hotel promises views across Adventure Parc Snowdonia’s world-first inland surf lagoon and the Conwy Valley’s mountains-and-forests landscapes. It will also include an indoor/outdoor wellbeing spa, gym and a destination dining restaurant overlooking the surf lagoon.The hotel will also launch with an expert Adventure Concierge service, which will encourage guests to explore a variety of instructor-led activities in North Wales.

Lowther Castle & Gardens’ numerous group experiences include a Head Gardener Tour, Guided e-Bike cycling tour, and even a guided tour by Jim Lowther, the son of the 7th Earl.

Royal Opera House tours include an introduction to the colourful history of the theatre, workrooms and a look at all aspects of current productions.

Welsh Water Adventures has visitor attractions at Llyn Brenig, Elan Valley, Llandegfedd Lake and Llys-y-Frân Lake, with activities including walking, cycling, fishing, watersports and star gazing after dark.

Forth Boat Tours’ new Forth Sea & Train Adventure includes a 90-minute cruise and a 90-minute trip on a steam train with Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway.

Carmarthenshire County Council are leading on a new way to experience West Wales and Ireland’s Ancient East. In partnership with Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Wicklow, Waterford and Wexford councils they are launching Celtic Routes, a contemporary Celtic experience that gets you closer to the coast, the countryside, the people and the places that tell the Celtic story (stand A18).

Wales Millennium Centre’s flagship international arts festival – Festival of Voice – is returning to Cardiff Bay in October 2020 with a new format (day and weekend-long wristbands are now available). Across four days, audiences will be treated to a wealth of performances and events. In addition, Cate Le Bon will join this year’s festival as both a performer and a guest curator for part of the programme (stand A21).

Tornado Railtours is presenting The Aberdonian – the 100mph star of Top Gear and Paddington 2 –  a new series of summertime trains steaming from Edinburgh, crossing the Forth Bridge and taking in stunning clifftop vistas as the train follows the coast to Aberdeen. Offering Standard and First Class seats in heritage carriages, passengers can even enjoy the luxury of a silver service dining experience.

Grant Arms Hotel – known as the UK’s Wildlife Hotel – is located in the Scottish country town of Grantown on Spey, not far from the famous River Spey in the Cairngorms National Park.  Home to the Bird Watching & Wildlife Club (BWWC), it also hosts celebrity guided holidays and hero events such as The Scottish Malts, Canadian Philatelic Convention, the Scottish Rock Garden Club Conference, the Soka Gakkai Buddhist Ladies’ Summer Conference and more.

For more information and to register for a free ticket, please visit the website and use priority code PR1.