GTO News for Group Travel Planners

December 11, 2023


It’s National Have A Bagel Day

Is there anything better than biting into the doughy deliciousness of a freshly baked bagel? It’s like a little round piece of heaven! If you love a good bagel, National Have A Bagel Day is your day.

Bagels have a long history that starts with the Jewish families of Poland in the 1600s. And surprisingly, today’s bagels are largely unchanged (except, perhaps, the name.) A bagel is a beigel is a beygal!

Bagels made the jump to America in the 1800s with a massive Polish-Jewish immigration to New York City. In fact, an entire union was created in the early 1900s called Bagel Bakers Local 338 to support the growing, immigrant-led industry. That also led to the “bagel brunch” we still enjoy today – lox, cream cheese, capers, tomatoes, and red onions. Yum!

Whether you prefer them with cream cheese, butter, or anything else, be sure to have a bagel today!

GTO Updates

GT Radio

GTO introduces GT Radio – a podcast designed specifically for group travel planners!  Here you’ll find amazing destination ideas, helpful travel tips, the latest hospitality news, and conversations with industry experts.

Download GT Radio wherever you get your podcasts and follow today!

GTO Coach & Go

Catch up on an amazing year of GTO growth with this week’s Coach & Go – a year in review.  It’s our best features, tips, and tricks wrapped up in one helpful episode!

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.

Must Read!

5 Easy Ways to Inspire Your Travel Tribes: A Guide for Group Planners

Industry News

Two Hotels Will Open Next to the New Epic Universe Theme Park

American Airlines Wants Northeast Alliance Decision Overturned

Supplier Updates

GTO community members can simply click the link below for the most current supplier products and pricing.

Most Recent Supplier Updates

Broadway Updates

The Wiz is now on sale for groups through August 18, 2024. Performances begin March 31, 2023, at the Marquis Theatre.

The Heart of Rock and Roll is available for groups through January 19, 2025. Performances begin at the James Earl Jones Theatre on March 29, 2024.

Lempicka is available to groups with performances beginning at the Longacre Theatre on Tuesday, March 19, 2024.

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

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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