GTO News

March 1, 2022

Today is Fat Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Fat Tuesday or ‘Mardi Gras’ is on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday and at the start of Lent. We’re making sure that you have the time of your life during this week-long period of festivities. The origins of Mardi Gras link back to pagan celebrations of the arrival of spring and fertility, such as the Roman festivals of Saturnalia that celebrated the same and that of Lupercalia which was also characterized by banqueting and merrymaking. This day is celebrated with parades and feasts before the start of the fasting season of Lent.

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Upcoming Events:

GTO Coach and Go and Destination Dispatch will return next week! 

GTO Coach and Go! Tuesday, March 8 at 2:00 EST – Join Jim and the GTO team as they discuss creating your company’s home page!  Join live on YouTube, LinkedIn, or Facebook


Destination Dispatch, Thursday, March 10 at 2:00pm EST. Join us each Thursday as we explore some amazing group destinations and find new and unique experiences for your groups. Next week we will experience Tyler, Texas with Susan Travis, VP, Tourism/Servicing at Visit Tyler.  Join us live on YouTube, Linked in or Facebook. 


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!


We have a new Facebook page.  Make sure to like Group Travel Odyssey on Facebook! 

GTO System Updates

A few reminders:

Don’t forget to check out your Community Forum in GTO.  This is a way to keep up with other GTO users, share ideas, ask questions.  The Community Forum can be found in 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 make sure to put Help in the subject field.  This will automatically create a ticket and will email you updates as your ticket is being worked on.

Please check out our Coach and Go from last Tuesday where we went through updates to the cost sheet as well as the working itinerary and final itinerary.  Check it out here:

Supplier Updates

United States




Cedar Fair Parks plans to transition all Cedar Fair Parks to a cashless operation in 2022. Timing will vary park-to-park and contingent on supplies and supporting launch initiatives. Knott’s Berry Farm and Cedar Point already in place.


Tin Roof, all locations, 2022 menus and pricing now available




Pirates Dinner Adventure 2022 pricing available




Chicago Architecture Center 2022 River Cruise pricing now available


Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio 2022 pricing now available


Giordano’s Gold Coast / Mag Mile 2022 pricing and menus have been updated




Hy-Line Cruises 2022 pricing available


Salem Witch Museum 2022 pricing available




Hofbrauhaus Cleveland 2022 menus and pricing now available


The Music Box Supper Club 2022 pricing now available




Fulton Theatre 2022 – 2023 season pricing available. Show Schedule in supplier attachments.


South Carolina


Hyman’s Seafood, Charleston, 2022 menus and pricings now available


South Carolina Aquarium 2022 pricing has been updated


Stars Rooftop & Grill Room menu and pricing available through April 2022




Anakeesta 2022 pricing now available




Andretti Indoor Karting & Games Dallas has been added with 2022 packages




Chihuly Garden and Glass 2022 group pricing available


Space needle 2022 group pricing available

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