The winter and spring are always packed with travel fairs. This year we’ve got the added excitement of hosting a group travel fair right here at Kew Gardens!
One of the liveliest aspects of my job is the group travel fairs that Paul and I attend each year. Starting with Excursions, held in the Great Hall at Alexandra Palace on 25 January 2014, the season for group travel fairs runs right through the spring, and this year Kew Gardens is hosting one of the best on the calendar. So if you’re a group travel organiser, don’t miss the chance to sign up and visit during our amazing orchid festival.
Inviting all group travel organisers to Kew Gardens
On Saturday 15 February 2014 one of the annual Beautiful South fairs, run by Tourism South East, will be coming to the Gardens. It’s one of the premium events on the group travel planning calendar and we’re really excited to be working with TSE to make it happen.
A typical bustling scene at a past group travel fair run by Tourism South East
Everything for your group – all under one roof
Lots of attractions and exhibitors will be setting up their stalls in one of our lovely exhibition venues. If you’re a travel organiser for a group or social club, or a planner for a tour operator, you’ll have the chance to meet representatives from some of the South East’s most fascinating attractions, all under one roof, and find out about a fabulous range of days out. You can find out more on the Tourism South East website.
Kew Gardens showcased just for you
If you join us on 15 February, there will be mini tours running on the Kew Explorer Bus and a chance to visit Kew Palace as well as our lovely tropical glasshouses before you leave at the end of the day. So you can see the colourful displays of orchids in the Princess of Wales Conservatory, or bask in the steamy heat of the iconic Palm House.
A spectacular display from a previous year's Orchid Festival in the Princess of Wales Conservatory
Meet the team
Fairs like this aren’t just a rewarding event for travel planners and organisers, they’re a lot of fun for the exhibitors as well. It’s a great opportunity for someone like me to get out of the office and meet face to face with people I normally only interact with at the end of a telephone. I love making that personal contact, sometimes putting a face to a name I’ve been hearing for months or even years. There’s a very special energy and a buzz of excitement at a busy, bustling travel fair, and even though it can be tiring being an exhibitor I really look forward to the fair season each spring.
So if you don’t already subscribe to the Tourism South East website for updates and information about all their events, sign up now and make sure to come to Kew Gardens in February, to what we hope will be the group travel event of the year!
More fairs to come in the spring months
If you can’t make it to our TSE fair on 15 February or to Excursions on 25 January, maybe you will be coming to another fair where we’ll be exhibiting. You can meet Paul and me at the Essex Group Travel Fair in Colchester on Thursday 20 February, the Oxfordshire TSE fair at Heythrop Park on Saturday 1 March, and Great for Groups South at Heathrow on Wednesday 16 April.
The Palm House at Kew Gardens on a sunny spring day
We’ll be delighted to chat about all your visit requirements and you can also pick up a copy of our gorgeous new colour brochure for 2014. You can download the online version (pdf).
- Imogen -
Imogen Dent is the Group Bookings Coordinator at Kew Gardens and has been working here since 2005. Prior to coming to Kew she worked in a busy tourist information office, after graduating from art school in 2000. When you ring or email to make a group booking, she’ll probably be your first port of call.
Paul Chibeba is the Travel Trade and Group Bookings Manager. Paul joined Kew in 2012, returning to London after almost ten years in America. As travel trade manager, he is delighted to work with tour operators and travel planners from around the world to ensure that Kew is included in as many tours and packages as possible.
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