Daish’s Holidays Showcase Dorset.


Attractions Combine to Give GTOS Top Experience


The UK travel trade dropped anchor this week for a special insight into Dorset.


The UK travel trade dropped anchor this week for a special insight into Dorset.


It turned out to be a case of fish and chips, fossils and..fun!


Arranged by Daish’s Holidays in conjunction with Steve Reed Tourism Ltd and local tourism businesses, group travel organisers enjoyed a relaxing stay at the Prince Regent Hotel situated right on the Weymouth seafront.


Forty seven GTOS from all over the country took in some of the very top attractions in what has to be one of Great Britain’s most beautiful and unspoilt counties. 


With the support of City Cruises Poole, Lemur Leisure and Poole Tourism, the GTOS were looking at the area with a view to bringing groups of visitors back to Dorset and to the well located Prince Regent Hotel.


A visit to Poole saw the group visit Poole Museum; the Quayside Emporium, where the group had coffee and shopping and Titan Leathercraft for a leather making demonstration. This was followed by a superb fish and chips lunch cruise with City Cruises Poole where the GTOS were treated to unrivalled views of Brownsea Island and Sandbanks.


Athelhampton House and Gardens beside Tolpuddle gave an excellent house and garden tour for the visitors.


The tour planners found that being based at the hotel in Weymouth helped to provide an ideal base for their fact-finding mission.


Next, they experienced the unforgettable and stunning Kimmeridge Bay where fossil hunting was the order of the day – followed by a fascinating visit to the nearby Etches Collection attraction - the state of the art museum created by famous fossil hunter and expert Steve Etches MBE, who met the group to explain how he began his marvellous visitor attraction. 


The Tank Museum, Bovington – with its amazing collection of tanks – was next in the sights of the GTOS. A trip on the Swanage Railway concluded the visit for the group – taking in views of Corfe Castle along its scenic route.


‘We were very pleased to have the support of the wonderful attractions – they really helped us to put together what was a tremendous set of tour ideas for the GTOS,’ says Steve Reed of Steve Reed Tourism Ltd.


‘The event was purely for group travel organisers and we can see that the itinerary they enjoyed will certainly help them plan and book their group tours.’  


Daish’s Holidays have eight hotels in seven seaside resorts across England: The Prince Regent and Russell Hotels in Weymouth; The Sands Hotel in Bournemouth; the Claremont Hotel in Eastbourne;  the Devonshire Hotel in Torquay; Barrowfields Hotel in Newquay, Daish’s Hotel in Shanklin, Isle of Wight and, recently acquired, in Llandudno North Wales, the Somerset Hotel. http://www.daishs.com/


Martin Jenkins of Daish’s Holidays was glad to meet the tour planners:


‘It was very good to have the group at the Prince Regent Hotel in Weymouth for their showcase. They could see exactly what Daish’s Holidays can offer groups of all types – excellent seaside locations, top quality service; delicious food and wonderful hotels,’ explains Martin.


‘We also have our own modern and up to date coach fleet to help make touring easy and pleasurable.’




Please see attached Photographs:



The Prince Regent Hotel and Daish’s Coach.



The group outside Poole Museum.



The group with the City Cruises Poole crew.



Some of the group at Kimmeridge Bay.


For further information:

Daish’s Holidays. Tel: [01202] 638840   Email: martin.jenkins@daishs.com

Steve Reed Tourism. Tel: [01420] 560 288 Email: steve@stevereedtourism.co.uk

City Cruises Poole. Tel: [01202] 467882 Email: carols@citycruises.com


Poole Tourism. Tel: [01202] 262 636 Email. S.bracher@pooletourism.com