GTO News for Group Travel Planners

May 13, 2024


It’s National Frog Jumping Day

National Frog Jumping Day leaps onto our calendars every May 13th. It’s a day that celebrates a unique blend of blend of literature, nature, a bit of whimsy, and…well…frogs.

This special day originates from Mark Twain’s first published story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which introduced the world to a frog-jumping contest that captured the imagination of many​​​​.

It also helps focus our attention on the crucial role frogs play in our ecosystems. As an agent of insect control (without pesticides,) frogs help maintain a natural environmental balance.

GT Radio

GTO invites you to tune in to 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

Get up to speed with the latest system updates on this week’s Coach & Go.

Watch live on Tuesday, May 14th @ 2:00 EST on YouTube, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

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!

New Airline Refund Rules: What Group Planners Need to Know

Industry News

Southwest Lets Customers Use Currency – Points Combo to Pay for Airline Tickets

Port Canaveral is Building Another Cruise Terminal

Inbound U.S, Travel is Surging, but the Recovery is Uneven

AAA Predicts Highest Numbers of Memorial Day Travelers in Nearly 20 Years

Amtrak Announces $300 Million in Improvements to Great Lakes Stations

Miami International Airport to add a New $621 Million Concourse

ASTA Angered FAA Reauthorization Passes Without Airline Refund Accountability

Supplier Updates

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

Most Recent Supplier Updates

A few additions…

Big City Tourism has a 75-minute “Freedom Liberty Cruise” and GTO now has 2024 Tour operator pricing.  They are also willing to host GTO operators for a FAM.

Royal Ontario Museum offers performance opportunities for student groups and have now added a guided tour titled “Music: A Song of Creatures and Cultures Tour.”

 Volunteer Protective Services has been added for the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area. Pricing for this security company is now available in GTO.

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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