GTO News

August 28, 2023

National Bow Tie Day

Take your look from ratty to rad by tying it all together with a bow!  National Bow Tie Day is dedicated to this underrated accessory.

Bow ties were worn by Croatian mercenaries in the 17th century to help close the necks of their shirts.  The French then adopted the look and popularized it in Paris before launching it to the rest of the fashion-conscious world.

Today you can pair a bow tie with jeans for a casual look or keep it classy as part of your formal scheme – either way, you’ll look and feel like a rock star!

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Helping Our Friends in Maui

Maui has suffered unimaginable devastation and loss in the past few weeks.  Residents now face the daunting task of recovering and rebuilding and are seeking assistance in their efforts.

GTO community member Polynesian Adventure Tours, LLC is leading by example and sharing links to reputable disaster relief organizations.  If you would like to help, please click one of the links below:

Maui United Way

Hawaii Community Foundation

Maui Food Bank

Any and all help is greatly appreciated!!

Fast Break

Time Out!! Fast Break is a brief, bi-weekly segment highlighting a system update or feature.

This week we’re sharing an update on tracking notes in trip product quotes.

Check for Fast Breaks on the GTO community forum.

GTO Coach & Go

Refresh your system skills any time by reviewing the online library of GTO Coach & Go tutorials on our GTO YouTube channel.

Destination Dispatch

Finland - Suomenlinna

Need an idea for a great group destination?  We highlight more than 30 of your favorite places and share great group itinerary ideas from each.

Check out the conversations on the GTO YouTube channel.

Must Read!

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GTO Updates

Help Desk Requests

We have an easy way for you to submit a Help Desk request!  Just send an email to and BE SURE TO PUT THE WORD HELP IN THE SUBJECT LINE.  This will automatically create a ticket and will email you updates as your ticket is being worked on.

Office Hours

GTO office hours have resumed to help answer your questions and share best practices for using the GTO system. If you haven’t already, connect with Kara ( to schedule a time that works for you.

Office Hours

Supplier Updates

There’s a new way to get the latest supplier updates.  GTO community members can simply click the link below for the most current products and pricing.

Most Recent Supplier Updates

Community Forum

Don’t forget to check the Community Forum for system updates, advice, and more!  Check the My Apps tab in GTO.

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