CTA invites tour operators to Llandudno for spring conference

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The CTA’s spring networking event will take place in North Wales. CTA

The Coach Tourism Association (CTA) is inviting operators, wholesalers, and suppliers to its spring networking event, which will be held in Llandudno on Sunday 21 and Monday 22 May. The event is designed to support coach operators increase their product portfolio and develop new business. The event will present the latest initiatives for coach tourism in Wales, including a familiarisation trip to see new attractions, plus a showcase of suppliers from across the UK, and will also include a social media masterclass from branding and communication expert Sid Madge, a consultant to global blue-chip corporations.

“Spring Networking will present coach tour operators and wholesalers with the key development opportunities from Wales, and buyers will also meet a host of suppliers from across the UK, all in one location,” said CTA Chair Robert Shaw. “The event will help operators generate more customers, both by expanding the range of tours and trips they can offer, and by increasing business potential through networking knowledge, as well as the expert presentation by Sid Madge.”

Sid has worked with organisations of all sizes, from some of the world’s largest organisations through to start-ups and charities, and will explain how operators, wholesalers, and suppliers can optimise their social media presence to grow their business and brand online.

The event is based at Llandudno’s Imperial Hotel, and begins with a trip on Sunday 21 May to view a number of important new developments in the north Wales area. With travel provided by Alpine Travel, the first stop will be Plas Cadnant, Anglesey, a 200-acre estate and home the Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens, which contains a variety of horticultural settings including the valley garden, complete with waterfalls and a riverbank setting. The group will enjoy a homemade lunch at Plas Cadnant followed by a guided garden walk before moving on to a tour through the Snowdonia National Park, including the Llanberis Pass and views of Snowdon. The Slate Landscape of north-west Wales has recently been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status and the CTA group will discover the opportunities this is bringing for coach tourism. A visit to the National Slate Museum, based in the Victorian workshops of the Dinorwig quarry, is also planned.

Returning to Llandudno, guests can enjoy an optional visit to Penderyn Distillery’s new Llandudno location for an informal tour.

On Monday morning, Sid Madge will present to event attendees, followed by a CTA Partners & Supplier Showcase. Full details are available via the CTA’s website.