GTO News

January 25, 2022

Today is National Plan for Vacation Day – January 25, 2022

We celebrate National Plan for Vacation Day every year on the last Tuesday in January to remind us to start planning our vacations and to take time off from work and school. Vacations help people spend some quality time with their family and friends, and it also helps with their mental health. Vacations also lead to an increase in tourism, which ensures a well-functioning economy. This day is important so stop postponing your vacation and plan to take a few weeks off. Many brands and media houses also participate in this day to help people pick out destinations and provide them with the best travel outfits.

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Upcoming Events:

Convos with Colleagues today, Tuesday, January 25, at 2:00pm EST. Join Jo-Ann as she welcomes Ellen Lurz, Owner/Partner BookMyGroup.   

BookMyGroup contracts group hotel rooms for its clients within a variety of market segments in hotels that are group friendly.  BMG accomplishes this by matching the specific and unique requests of its clients with hotels that will best fulfill their needs.   Ellen co-captained  SYF’s Running For Youth Team, which raises money to provide travel opportunities for deserving youth.   Ellen is an IRONMAN, 21 time marathoner, swim coach, triathlete and pickleballer.  Ellen lives on Siesta Key, FLA with her husband, Bill and 2 dogs, Hank and Wallie. 

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GTO Coach and Go! Thursday, January 27 at 1:00 EST – Join Jim and his guest as they give you some of the latest updates to the GTO system. 

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Check out the Business Class podcast from The Tourism Academy sponsored by GTO

The Business Class podcast is where you go to meet people who have built fulfilling careers. People with successful businesses. People who create sustainable local economies in tourism!

Click here to tune in!

GTO System Updates

The GTO Community Forum is LIVE!  Please take some time to explore.  This is your opportunity to ask questions and connect with other GTO users.  This forum needs your input.  Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Supplier Updates



Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower has undergone major renovation which lead to a significant pricing increase for 2022. Pricing is now up to date in GTO




The Court of Two Sisters restaurant has been added to GTO along with their 2022 menus and pricing


Multiple Locations


Rainforest Café – all locations – have been updated with the most current group menus and pricings. However, they cannot guarantee when the pricing is valid through at this time. Therefore, the pricing has a valid end date of 1/14/2022 in GTO as operators must call and confirm pricing.


New York


9/11 Memorial & Museum – 2022 group admission pricing for the 9/11 Museum has been updated in GTO along with new operations notes on group bookings.




Adventure Aquarium 2022 pricing has been updated


Campo’s Philly Cheesesteaks 2022 pricing has been updated


South Carolina


Fort Sumter Tours / SpiritLine Cruises 2022 pricing has been updated

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