GTO News

November 2, 2021

Today is Election Day! – November 2, 2021

Election Day is observed on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, taking place on November 2 this year. This is the day we cast ballots to select public officials — from local to the national government. Presidential elections are held every four years, in years divisible by four, while the elections to the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate are held every two years. Other state and local government elections can be held in any year that is designated by the state.  Read more about Election Day here!

Upcoming Events:

GTO Coach and GO!

Coach and Go! – Thursday, November 4, at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Please join as we welcome Floyd Morris from Travel Advocates to share info about booking your groups into safe, affordable hotels.

If you missed last week’s episode about WeTravel trip creation and Broadway news with Allison French from Broadway Inbound, you can watch that on our  YouTube page along with all the past episodes filled with great information.

Join us on LinkedIn


Convos with Colleagues

Join us next Tuesday, November 9 at 2 p.m.

Jo-Ann Moltz hosts a casual discussion with Gillian Amaral and Stacey Warren from Three Chicks Hospitality.  Tune in for some great conversation and find out about new and exciting offerings in Western Massachusetts and how they can help create unique, custom experiences for your groups. Tuesday, November 9 at 2 p.m. via LinkedIn or YouTube.


Mark your calendars. Convos with Colleagues and GTO Coach and Go! will be joining forces on Tuesday, November 16 at 2p.m. for GTO, LIVE FROM NTA!  Join Jim and Jo-Ann for some lively conversation and insights from the NTA floor!


Join SYTA for a Converstion with Jeff Ment, Thursday, November 4, 1:00pm

Join SYTA for a conversation with Jeff Ment. Jeff will discuss several issues that are affecting student travel such as (but not limited to) waivers, flexibility in terms and vaccination questions. Questions ahead of time are encouraged and we will allow time for Q&A at the end of the session. If you have questions for Jeff, please send them to Katy Summers at

 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

Updates to Trip Manager took effect November 1, 2021

We just finished a few updates to Trip Manager that are designed to make the user experience even better and more efficient.  This was discussed in a previous GTO Coach and GO! which can be found here!

These updates were rolled out yesterday. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Supplier Updates

This week’s Supplier of the Week is Animado Events!

Animado Events will give your students opportunities to study and perform with professionals in real life situations. Don’t sit on the sidelines and watch. Come and join the action.

Whether performing arts, education events, or homeschool odysseys, Animado Events can design the perfect experience for your group.  To learn more, click here!

Anaheim, CA

Angels MLB group tickets have gone on sale for the 2022 season. Still no word on ballpark tours returning.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood has announced their 2022 guided tour prices and GTO is now up to date

Gettysburg, PA

Dobbin House Tavern 2022 student and adult group menus and pricing are now up to date in GTO

General Pickett’s Buffet 2022 Lunch and Dinner pricing are now up to date in GTO. They are not taking reservations for breakfast of any size group at this time.

Orlando, FL

Universal Orlando Resort – from the Youth Programs team. “CityWalk bus loop is experiencing some modifications, eliminating all bus parking and drop-offs through Dec. 17. Effective immediately we are utilizing our RV parking location for bus arrivals and bus parking. If your group is participating in a STARS or STUDIES program, our Event Management team will be in contact with you as your arrival/departure may look differently depending upon your program.”

St. Louis, MO

Demolition Ball will permanently close on Nov 7, 2021

Helpful Information and Blogs

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