Fantastic Photography Training Overseas

Some information about the area in which we will be staying

After around 11 hours in the air, you’ll touch down in the jewel of Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Puerto Vallarta Airport is just over eight kilometres outside of its namesake city, sat on the southwest side of Mexico.

In this part of the country, as well as picture-perfect white-sand beaches, you’ll notice there’s a thriving cultural heritage running through the region’s veins. From the Latin rhythms that escape neon-lit nightclubs, to the mighty Sierra Madre mountain range sat imposingly in the background, it’s clear that this area’s struck a compromise between old and new.

The whole place is strewn with pirate legends, too. You can spend your days shopping ‘til you drop in Puerto Vallarta’s city centre, and washing down grilled seafood with coconut water as you lunch by the beachfront. Head downtown, and stroll along the Malecon – a mile-long pedestrian promenade that snakes along the coast – all the way to the sweep of sand at Playa Los Muertos.

Turn your attention to the ocean, and you might catch a glimpse of humpback whales in the distance. Get out of town, and you can visit places like Alta Vista – an ancient site covered in petroglyph symbols. Or, swap one city for another, and make tracks to Guadalajara – often referred to as Mexico’s answer to Silicon Valley.

Facts about the ‘dreamliner’ Aircraft

Thomson Airways’ tenth Dreamliner touched down at Manchester Airport at 09:30 (UK time) today. The airline’s Managing Director, John Murphy landed the aircraft after flying 3950 miles across the Atlantic from the Boeing Factory in Charleston, South Carolina.

Its arrival is extra special for the airline, as it is the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to enter the Thomson fleet. The 787-9 is six metres longer than the 787-8 Dreamliners and includes 45 more seats, so will carry a total of 345 customers to far flung destinations from Jamaica and Dominican Republic to Mexico. 

In preparation for Thomson’s rebrand to TUI in the Autumn 2017, the aircraft arrived in the new TUI livery.

TUI Group operates a modern fleet with an average age of less than eight years and continues to invest in the latest cuttingedge aircraft. TUI was the launch customer for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands and is the only leisure airline globally to operate them – a key differentiator on long-haul destinations. Dreamliners are more environmentally friendly than other aircrafts, using 20% less fuel and the 787-9 can travel a further 830 kilometres in the same energy-efficient manner, to enable the airline to continue delivering a sustainable holiday experience in the air.

TUI airlines are already the most carbon-efficient in Europe. On average, TUI airlines emit 30% less carbon dioxide than the industry norm in Europe. Over the past six years, TUI has reduced carbon emissions per passenger km by more than 10% and has committed to reduce this by a further 10% by 2020.

Standard seats in long haul flights offer:
20kg luggage 10kg hand: Up to 32” seat pitch;9” seat back tv: Headphones: On-demand movies: 3 Course Meal accompanied by your choice of soft drinks. Hot & alcoholic drinks: Afternoon tea or hot breakfast before landing.

Premium seats:
23kg luggage 10kg hand: Dedicated premium Club bag drop and check-in: Fast Track through security: Airport lounge access: Priority boarding: 38” seat pitch with a bigger recline: Duvet & pillow on flights: Amenity Kit: 9” TV: Noise reduction headphones: On demand movies: Complimentary glass of fizz before takeoff: Four course meal: Afternoon tea or hot breakfast before landing. Choice of soft drinks, hot and alcoholic drinks, excluding Champagne and Presecco.

Passengers booking ‘Premier Seating’ can choose their seats and inform PTO HQ, who will in turn advise TUI.
Please note George & Glenys will be absent from the PTO office uintil 5th April 2018

Blue shaded seats are extra leg room


Who Attends PTO?

Unlike many courses and seminars PTO has never placed a restriction on who attends. PTO believes that today’s amateur photographers are tomorrow’s pros and therefore actively encourages non-professionals to attend. Each year has an increasing number of non-professionals and assistants amongst their ranks, so do not feel that if you are an amateur you will in any way feel inferior or be treated differently. All who attend are treated equally.

Many spouses and partners accompany their photographer delegates either to simply holiday and enjoy the great socialising at the end of each day or in many cases register as a delegate to help take in the myriad of information which is available from each workshop or seminar.

Check out the booking form for our monthly payment schemes.

Special Features

  • Photo competition with display of images
  • Sponsor representatives attending
  • Shoot your own images with PTO models
  • Great awards event
  • Daytime flights from Manchester and Gatwick
  • All Inclusive board arrangements
  • PTO is Tax Deductible for delegates
  • Easy monthly payment scheme

Images from 2018

I Want to Go – What Happens Next?

Well if you want to join the ever-increasing number of satisfied photographers who make the annual pilgrimage, then you will be well advised to call the booking line on +44 (0) 161 483 3114 – to check availability as this event is usually fully booked before the end of summer.

The concept of using half the main speakers at the beginning of the week and the remainder in the second half of the week will continue to be employed. Each speaker will open with ‘trailers’ of their work to give delegates the opportunity to decide who they wish to see. In addition, there will be evening seminars on business marketing and other photography related subjects.