GTO News

August 7, 2023

Today is National Lighthouse Day

Lighthouses are incredible feats of architecture that have been around since 280 B.C.  They help guide ships safely past rocky outcroppings and into safe harbors.  They serve as beacons of hope when waters are rough and the path to shore is unclear.

Heck- they’re even the namesake for a blog that “shines” with helpful group travel planning information!😉

Lighthouses have offered serenity and safe passage to travelers for centuries.  They are still in use today- although now automated rather than manned.  One exception is the Boston Light in the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. It is the only manned lighthouse in the U.S., thanks to a law that was passed in 1989.

GTO Upcoming

GTO Coach & Go

This week features special guest Stacy Barry from Sharin’ the South Tours.  She’ll join us to talk about using GTO’s helpful tradeshow appointment feature – right in time for your next conference!

Live Tuesday, August 8th at 2:00 EST on YouTube, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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

Fast Break

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

Check for Fast Breaks on the GTO community forum.

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.

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GTO Updates

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.


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.

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