Travel Industry Imaginarium

Phoenix Artist Club, London’s West End

Wednesday 17th October 2018 - 3pm

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Travel Industry Imaginarium

GTO the first UK magazine to specialise in group travel, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

On Wednesday 17th October GTBF and GTO are holding a unique kind of event – an Imaginarium – where we will look ahead to uncharted horizons to explore what the future may have in store for travel and tourism.

The afternoon discussion will be kicked off by contributions from a group of thoughtful and forward-looking people, who will bring what they have learnt from innovation in the group travel industry up till now, to speculate about what lies ahead.

We are challenging them to think 10, 20 and 30 years ahead, and reveal what they imagine the industry and its customers will be doing!

As well as the speakers we are hoping GTBF members and friends from a range of sectors – entertainment, museums, transport providers, research and development, heritage attractions and beyond will be there to enliven the discussion.

The Airlander, developed by Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd

One vision of the future – the luxury observation airship being developed by Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd, just unveiled at the Farnborough Airshow.

If you would like to contribute what you see in your own ‘Travel Crystal Ball’ – do let us know, as we still have slots for the introductory speakers available.

The event will take place at the Phoenix Artist Club in London’s West End, where a celebration of GTO’s 30th birthday will take place that evening.

All Imaginarium attendees will be invited to stay for that too!


John Gallery – Owner, Great Potential

John GalleryJohn owns and manages Great Potential and works for independent hotels and venues providing Marketing and Management Consultancy services, Mentoring, Sales, and Public Relations.

John is a Fellow of the Tourism Society and chairman of its Yorkshire branch, career-long member of the Institute of Hospitality and chairman of the research group for the Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP) since 2014 prior to which he was a council member of the Meetings Industry Association.

John is also a board member of Bedern Hall, York, a director of online meetings service and recently launched a new online fundraising service for charities and corporate businesses.

John loves transforming hospitality businesses for the better. He does that with new ways to look at problems, and out-of-the-ordinary ideas you can implement without them costing the earth.

Paul Laver – Founder, One Minute to Midnight

Paul LaverPaul a graduate in Psychology from the University of Liverpool has been working in global consumer insight for the last 20 years. He has worked on the ground in over 50 countries from Pakistan to Brazil, China and the US, digging deep into people’s lives and finding out what makes them tick.

Paul has worked for a range of both private and public bodies across a variety of industries which include travel and tourism, entertainment and fashion. His experience includes work for the likes of Visit Britain, PlayStation, MasterCard, the Dubai Government, Kenwood and Clarks.

Paul has gone on to set up One Minute to Midnight with his partner Douglas Dunn, launched in 2016 their goal is to enable brands to form more powerful bonds with their customers across the world by creating more authentically human-brand relationships.

Mary Tebje – Founder, MTA Tourism Leisure

Mary TebjeMary Tebje is a leading tourism professional with considerable international travel and tourism experience.

In our selfie-obsessed world, we fail to see anything anymore, so intent are we with rushing around bagging all those top sights to share with our social networks, that we fail to appreciate or even notice what is around us, and what we have sometimes travelled a long distance to see.

Mary has been successfully developing experiential marketing communications for clients in the UK and abroad that sees her increasingly delivering plans and practical solutions to help clients communicate effectively over all this distraction and digital noise: not their product, but the experience they offer.

Shaon Talukder – CEO, Geotourist

Shaon TalukderCEO of location-based social media platform Geotourist, who were cited as the “Future of Travel-Tech” by the Head of Research and Insights, Visit Britain.

Their GPS-based travel app provides audio tours, curated by experts in history, art and architecture. The innovation was recognised in 2018 with the prestigious Technological Innovation Award at the Group Travel Awards.

Shaon is an experienced CEO with a demonstrated history of working in innovations for the leisure, travel & tourism industry, and property sectors.

Tammy Owens – Director of Business Development, Geotourist

Tammy OwensTammy heads up the strategic and structural business and product innovation that underpins Geotourist snowballing around the globe. Her role is to make connections with potential Geotourist partners, understand their business and marketing objectives and curate creative content for them to home on the platform.

With a wider background in marketing, business development and journalism, she’s won awards for championing creativity and leading integrated campaigns across the marketing mix. Tammy has worked across B2C / B2B and charity organisations, spanning SMEs to global corporates and been privileged to work with some of the market leaders in travel, tourism and entertainment. With particular specialisms in CRM, digital, mobile, shopper marketing, experiential & visitor experience, she’s well placed to help organisations realise the potential of how Geotourist can integrate into their wider customer journey.

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