One of the top UK holiday and hotel operators has showcased its Eastbourne hotel to the travel trade.
Daish’s Holidays – with twelve hotels in ten resorts – invited GTOS and coach operators to
sample their Imperial Hotel.
Organised in conjunction with Steve Reed Tourism Ltd and with support from 1066 Country
and Visit Eastbourne, the 40 tour planners enjoyed a four night stay complete with nightly
entertainment as well as a highly enjoyable tour programme taking in attractions across
Kent and parts of Sussex. The group were treated to a tour by driver Gordon who took them
around the area in a Daish’s coach.
Pashley Manor Gardens in its early autumn glory welcomed the delegates before a
refreshing stop at the unique British Tea Museum in Hastings. The attendees were tickled
by their visit there in more ways than one!
Herstmonceux Castle Estate was next up for the tour buyers who after a delicious lunch
heard tales of the headless drummer boy and enjoyed the Halloween show of local
pumpkins.
Michelham Priory and Gardens – part of a cluster of like-minded heritage attractions –
provided a fascinating tour of this historic site as well as demonstrations by volunteers
including flint knapping.
Next on the touring itinerary for the GTOS was the superb Kent and East Sussex Railway
with a relaxing steam train ride from Tenterden to Bodiam Castle. The group also enjoyed
tours of the Colonel Stephens Railway Museum and the unique Cavell Van.
A visit to the Carr Taylor Vineyard took in an entertaining and convivial tour by guide Roland
before a ploughman’s lunch and wine tasting.
Bexhill Museum was another highlight for the attendees who enjoyed the many displays in
this high quality attraction – including the superb Izzard [Eddie] family train set complete
with snow-scene of Bexhill. The museum is nearby to the iconic De La Warr Pavilion – a
modernist masterpiece on the seafront in the pristine seaside resort of Bexhill.
Eastbourne boasts a superb seafront as well as the majestic Beachy Head and Seven Sisters
spectacle. The operators were able to enjoy these sights through an excellent Eastbourne
Sightseeing open top bus trip. The visitors also paid a visit to the nearby Towner art gallery and theatre venue.
‘We were very happy to be able to showcase the Imperial Hotel in Eastbourne to the GTOS and coach operators,’ says Martin Jenkins of Daish’s Holidays.
‘There’s no better way to demonstrate what Daish’s can do for groups than actually hosting tour buyers in this way. The group enjoyed their stay and this also gave them the opportunity to explore Eastbourne itself – which is perfect for groups – as well as the amazing attractions further afield.’
The visit would not have been possible had it not been for the wholehearted participation of 1066 Country and Visit Eastbourne.
‘The two tourism organisations really pushed the boat out and their attractions did the area proud,’ says Steve Reed of Steve Reed Tourism.
‘Each of the attractions we visited were amazing in their own way. They gave the GTOS a truly warm welcome and made them feel like VIPS throughout. There were so many highlights and I would like to thank them all for their tremendous efforts. It really helps to put the area onto the group travel map!’
Daish’s Holidays have a series of showcases planned for 2023 which includes locations such as
Torquay, Weymouth, Bournemouth and Blackpool [and the Lakes].