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April 2015
This month ETOA has been meeting with members across Europe and the USA. Successful events included the 3rd Athens welcoming buyers from around the globe to experience and meet with the best of this growing city break destination.

ETOA’s highly anticipation three day City Fair networking, workshop and conference programme in London this June is expected to draw the largest number of participants ever. For information and to secure your place contact Laura Baggio now.

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Win a pair of tickets to see Billy Elliot the Musical
Now celebrating ten extraordinary years, Billy Elliot the Musical has won the hearts of millions since it opened in London’s West End, becoming one of the most beloved, award-winning shows on stage today. 

Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dreams come true. The story follows Billy’s journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever.

Featuring a timeless score by Elton John, sensational dance and a powerful story that has captivated audiences around the world, Billy Elliot the Musical is a funny, uplifting and spectacular theatrical experience that will stay with you forever.

Ts&Cs: Prize valid for Monday – Thursday evening performances only between 12th May - 30th June excluding 25th – 31st May. Tickets are subject to availability; non-transferable and exclusions apply. 

Tour Operator Rate available – please contact your approved ticket agent for further information.

Enter the competition here 
Competition Code: Billy

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Modern Hospitality for the Young at Heart: The Student Hotel
If you are looking for the perfect place to host your leisure and educational groups, you need to check out The Student Hotel. Located in the bustling cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague, these fun, design hotels offer guests comfortable accommodations with a great community feeling.  
A raw Berlin industrial atmosphere mixed with Scandinavian and vintage design, stylish rooms, free high speed internet, private gym, games rooms, lounges, designer bike rental, and a great restaurant offering healthy and affordable meals, all make up part of these modern hotels’ offering.  
Interested in learning more? Contact to get the latest summer offers and attractive group specials from The Student Hotel.

Find out more about The Student Hotel >  


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The 2015 Group Travel Award
The 19th Group Travel Awards are set to take place on Friday 5th June 2015. This year the gala evening will be held at the 5 Star London Hilton on Park Lane.
The Group Travel Awards are decided by the readers of GTO magazine and have earned an enviable reputation as the most distinguished and respected event serving the group travel market; they reflect a highly valued 
endorsement from customers in this most important market sector.
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The awards represent a unique opportunity to network with over 400 travel trade colleagues; an ideal chance to make new connections and reconnect with old ones.

This unforgettable gala evening will involve a networking drinks reception at 6.45pm and guests can expect to be seated for dinner by 7.30pm in the exquisite Grand Ballroom. A four-course dinner will precede the presentation of the awards, and will include a performance from a leading West End musical. You can expect great entertainment until the early hours, dancing to ultimate party band MadHen, a fun casino and the ever popular chocolate fountain!

The awards will be hosted by comedian, writer and actor Hal Cruttenden. A regular face on TV, Hal has hosted BBC1's Live at The Apollo and appeared on a range of other variety and panel shows such as Would I Lie to You, Mock the Week and Sunday Night at The Palladium. He recently toured the UK with his stand-up show Tough Luvvie.

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ParkView Viaggi
ParkView Viaggi is a full-service, multilingual, inbound Destination Management Company, specializing in all Italy destinations. Their office is based in central Venice and they are an established company with almost 20 year’s experience in tourism. 

ParkView Viaggi provides complete  services and arrangements for business or leisure travel (individuals or groups) throughout Italy.

Because of extensive experience, ParkViewViaggi provides a high standard of services including:
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• Accommodation and hotel reservations
Car rental
• Customized itineraries and attractions
• Flight, ferry and train tickets
• Fly/ Drive programs
• Multilingual escorted tours and excursions (private or group)
• Themed tours (wine and gastronomical, natural, music, wellness, fashion, artistic, religious, historical, pilgrimage,Jewish Ghetto Tour)
• Transfer and city transportation
• Tailor-made requests

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ETOA Research
Newsletter Apr 2015 Packaged travel of UK visits

About one in every six leisure visits to the UK is purchased on a packaged travel basis

• In 2013, the International Passenger Survey estimated that 17% of overseas leisure visits to the UK were purchased on a packaged travel basis*. 13.4% of all holiday nights were generated from packaged travel, and 13.4% of all spend.

• Packaged travel volumes among overseas leisure visitors increased by 7% over the period 2011-2013, while spend went up by 12%.

• Europe is the primary source of packaged travel to the UK, with 17% of leisure arrivals choosing this option. The sector appears to have held its own over a period of rapid growth in visitor demand since 2011.

• It is a similar picture in the North American market, with 17% of visits in 2013 being purchased as packaged travel.

• The popularity of packaged travel is most pronounced in the developing markets. In 2013, 23% of Asian visits were on a packaged basis.

 Latin America offers gaining potential, where 30% of leisure visitors travelled to the UK in 2013 on a packaged travel basis.

• The IPS data indicates that in 2013, share of market from packaged travel arrivals has stabilised at about 17% of visits and expenditure, remaining at around these levels since 2011.

*Data on packaged travel in 2013 was based on responses to the following question among a sample of 16,500 leisure visitors to the UK: “Was your accommodation in the UK paid for as part of an inclusive tour or holiday where fares and accommodation cannot be separated?” 

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