CTA members enjoyed fabulous sunshine for their annual summer networking event, held in Brighton on Sunday 28 July. The event, which included a reception at the Old Ship Hotel, courtesy of the hotel and Visit Brighton, before a ‘ride’ on the British Airways i360 and a BBQ, attracted almost 100 delegates. On the following morning, operators and wholesalers took part in a workshop with more than 20 Scottish attractions, organised by VisitScotland.

The photo above shows new board members, from second left: Dave Parry, Parrys International; Paula Ward, Hilton Hotels; and Andy Day, Wrightsure Services, with the CTA chair John Wales in the i360’s giant deckchair.

You can see more photos from the event below and here is a link to the full set from our photographer. Please check out our new Instagram channel (@coachtourismUK) for more images, including some stunning ones taken by CTA member Julian Hillier from Arthur J Gallagher.

CTA operators who didn’t get a chance to attend, can take advantage of a generous offer from i360 however, who have confirmed a new Enhanced Member Benefit. If you would like a free trip on BAi360, just contact Leela D’Arcy or Alison Fernie on 01273 449387 – email: traveltrade@britishairwaysi360.com

And make sure you have the next CTA networking events in your diary :

World Travel market reception, Excel, London – Monday 4 November.

Xmas Social, Doubletree Hilton, Coventry – 24 November.


CTA Partners: Fiona Holmes, VisitScotland; Peter Lawton, Towergate; Graham Hopcraft, DFDS; Ian Fox, CalMac; Lauren Hogg, VisitScotland.

CTA chair John Wales with one of our co-hosts for the event, Carol Whitney, Old Ship Hotel.

Javier Omenaca, Dalata Hotel Group; and Kristy Elsmere, Woods Travel.


Demonstrating our new CTA Instagram Selfie-frame! Isabelle and Colin Dudley, Three Star Coaches.

Mandy and Steven Scott, Ashley & Newey; Mary Sewell, Medway Tourism; Alan Lloyd, House of Daniel Thwaites Hotels; Caroline Hadfield, Modern Hotels; Jonathan Godson, Condor Ferries; and Alistair Scott, Gardiners NMC.

Leela D’Arcy from our joint hosts, British Airways i360.

Robert Easton and Maggie Wright, Eastons Holidays.

Maria Pond and Paula Roe, Angela Holidays.

Peter Lawton, Towergate Travel; and Robert Shaw, Harry Shaw.

Anu Desai, ITO Tours UK; and Annette Gallagher, Cairn Hotel Group. (Photo Julian Hillier)

Another Selfie-frame shot! Paula Ward, Hilton; and Annette Gallagher, Cairn Hotel Group.

VisitScotland workshop in full flow.


More wonderful mono shots of the i360 flight taken by Julian Hillier, Arthur J Gallagher.