Its voting time again!
September will be time for the annual Group Leisure Travel and Trade show at the NEC Birmingham, and the awards will take place on Wednesday 18th September.
Daish’s would love to bring home an award so you can now vote for us in the Most Group Friendly accommodation 5 or more properties category. Voting can be done either on the website www.groupleisure.com/awards or by using the form in the April issue of the magazine.
As part of the preparations for our Group Organiser Weekend from 12th April at the Devonshire Hotel, Torquay, Julia and her family took advantage of the National Trust free entry offer and went to explore Coleton Fishacre.
Coleton Fishacre House and Gardens is situated between Brixham and Kingswear. It is an Arts and Crafts style house, former home to the D’Oyly Carte family. The house has been restored to its former 1920’s glory and even had the Christmas decorations up and a pianist at the grand piano.
After exploring the house, Julia and her children went off to explore the 25 acres of gardens. The gardens form a valley down to cliff tops and join the coast path overlooking the beach. They were surprised to see fuchsia’s still blooming and some of the bulbs coming out, as it was 30th December, but that shows just how mild it is in South Devon.
Julia said she is now looking forward to going back with the group organisers in the spring to see the gardens come into bloom.
For more details about the Group Organiser weekend or taking your group to Coleton Fishacre, please contact Julia or one of the Groups team on 01803 201432 or email Julia@daishs.com
As Julia has a love of social media we have now set up a twitter account and facebook page so you can all keep up with what the Daish’s Group’s Department is up to.
If you would like to follow us on Twitter you can find us @daishs4groups we would love to follow you back too!
Or on Facebook you can find us at www.facebook.com/DaishsHolidaysForGroups
“We have just returned from our annual four night break at The Sands Hotel, Bournemouth, and once again Daish’s did us proud. The coach arrangement were first class (we didn’t lose anybody!) and on arrival we were greeted by the smiling face of manager John. Our rooms were ready and a couple of teething problems were sorted out in minutes by Maggie, so we were all raring to go for the weekend.
As usual the food was excellent and our compliments to the new chef who had a wide variety of choices for us hungry dancers. The evening entertainment was superb, especially Mike Moran on Saturday night who kept us rocking and rolling on the dance floor until the clocks went back!
The staff at The Sands are second to none, and always go out of their way to make sure that we had an enjoyable few days, and all 50 of us are looking forward to next year already!
Keep up the good work Daish’s.
The Twitten Sequence Dance Club, Southwick, West Sussex.
We will be exhibiting at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Beautiful South Group Travel Fair , come and visit us there on the Saturday 2nd March 2013, 10am until 2pm!
For more information visit www.visitsoutheastengland.com/grouptravelfairs
The Hopefuls bowls tour to the Daish’s Hotel, Shanklin
Daish’s groups market has been catering for bowls tours for the last 3 years. This year Daish’s have hosted 23 bowls tours to our four hotels in Torquay, Newquay, Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight. Julia and her team can organise the whole tour including arranging fixtures for tours or just supply the hotel and coach.
At the end of August The Hopefuls bowls club from Kent came on a 7 day tour to Shanklin, playing matches at Ventnor, Bembridge, Newport and Totland Bay.
Pictured are Mrs Brain, the tour organiser presenting hotel manager David Bartlett with their plaque.
Group Leisure Travel Trade Show and Awards 2012
Julia and Marketing Manager Chris Watton exhibited at the Travel Trade Show at the NEC, Birmingham on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th September. It was a successful show and Julia has been busy since sending out quotes to all the enquiries that she had at the show.
Daish’s were also lucky to be finalists at the awards in the Best Accommodation for Groups (4 or less properties) Category and as awards sponsors they had a table on the evening. So Julia went along to the awards with Chris Watton (Marketing Manager), George Brown (Financial Director), Tony Cushing (Group Buyer), Richard Cornish (Manager of the Barrowfield Hotel) as well as Daish’s regular Sandra Banks who brings her group Roundabout twice a year, and Sylvia Saxon of Saxon Group Travel, who Julia is assisting with organising the GTOA Western Branch AGM in 2013 at Daish’s Hotel in Shanklin.
They all enjoyed a fabulous evening, made even better by the special guest Bobby Davro who assisted Chief Editor Rob Yandell in presenting the awards. Although next year we would like to bring home the award!
Group Travel Organiser Awards 2012
Julia and Chris attended the 2012 GTO Awards on Friday evening at the Park Plaza Riverside Hotel in London.
They were pleased to be nominated for the 4 year in a row the “Most Group Friendly Hotel chain or group” category but were both left nicely surprised when travel journalist Simon Calder announced the Daish’s are this years winners.
Other finalists included Warners, Park Inn, last years winners Britannia hotels and the Barcelo Hotel Group.
As Chris has always said “It shows you don’t have to be big to be Friendly”
Julia would like to say a big thank you to everyone that voted for Daish’s in the awards
Shornara’s Devon Holiday
The Shornara Active Retirement group from Kent visited the Devonshire Hotel for a spring break in May.
Organised by Marjorie Attwater with a few suggestions from the Daish’s Group Team they went on some great trips whilst they were in Torquay. Including the Historic East Devon Trip spending time in Exmouth, enjoying a guided tour of Powderham Castle (see picture) and travelling along the scenic coast road through Teignmouth and Dawlish.
They also went on the Totnes to Dartmouth boat trip after enjoying some free time in Totnes, famous for its castle on the hill and weekly markets. The boat takes you down the river past the Sharpham Estate and Greenway, home to the world famous author Agatha Christie, then spending some time in Dartmouth before coming back by coach to Torquay.
They all agreed a great time was had by all, and the sun coming out definately helped!