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The BTTS Tourism Leaders of Tomorrow

A new initiative - called the ‘BTTS Tourism Leaders of Tomorrow’ - has been launched by the team behind the British Tourism & Travel Show to recognise and celebrate young people working in the tourism sector. Britain will have a tourism industry worth over £257...

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CTA Conference to discuss ULEZ and Brexit

Coach Tourism Association (CTA) conference members are to confront ULEZ and Brexit issues at the annual conference from 24-26 February 2019 at The Hallmark Hotel, Cambridge. With the start of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone only weeks away, members of the CTA will be...

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Albatross Travel’s Winter Wonderland

Snow covered mountains, fairytale castles and Christmas markets are just some of the seasonal treats in store for operators booking winter tours for 2019/20 in the UK and Europe. Albatross Travel has put together a selection of new Winter Tour itineraries for coach...

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Mammoth fun at WMSP

West Midland Safari Park is kick-starting its new season with Explorers Week, a fun-filled half term event, centred around the Ice Age. From 16 February, the park is once again open daily, and to celebrate the start of the summer season, guests are invited to come and...

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Exciting times for NAGT

It’s been an exciting few months for the team at Norman Allen Group Travel (NAGT), which has finally joined the virtual world and will now be posting news and articles on its new Facebook page @NormanAllenGroupTravelLtd The team are also pleased to announce that, once...

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Mr Pinchy gets his claws out…

'Mr Pinchy’ is the latest inhabitant to take up residence at Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm in Warwickshire… The brightly coloured Red-Clawed Crayfish originates from Australia and Papua New Guinea, and from February 16-24 children and adults can meet him when...

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Galactic fun in Germany’s largest theme park

This year sees some exciting new changes at Germany's Europa-Park… With more than 100 attractions and shows across 95 hectares and 15 European themed areas, a unique discovery tour awaits visitors. And this season, there are plenty of new attractions to look forward...

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Take a 360 tour of the Royal Liver Building

Tickets are now on sale for Royal Liver Building 360 tours as the countdown to its opening draws nearer. The operators, Heritage Great Britain, have unveiled a new website and online booking system for Liverpool’s newest visitor experience. Bookings will initially be...

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Tour London in style

Albatross Travel has launched a range of new tours and attractions for groups visiting London, including a concert celebrating ABBA, the Mandela Exhibition and a tour of the Globe Theatre, all packaged with overnight stays for coach operators. • ABBAPHONIC celebrates...

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The Gruffalo comes to Dreamland

Escape the winter chill as Dreamland Margate hosts its first ever Children’s Book Festival this February half term, featuring a special appearance from The Gruffalo. Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s beloved character will be making appearances at Dreamland...

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47 new group tour ideas from Airedale

Airedale is celebrating the new year with a mini-brochure featuring no less than 47 new tour ideas. While expanding its traditional UK coach holiday programme, those folks up in Yorkshire have also introduced a number of rail holidays, both in Britain and Europe, plus...

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New face at Alfa Travel

Caroline Brown - who's pictured here - has joined the board of the Alfa Leisureplex Group in a newly created role as Group Commercial Director. She'll be responsible for Alfa Travel, as well as providing commercial support to Leisureplex hotels as the group expands...

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Easter family fun

Tickets are now on sale for Countryside Lincs, which returns to the Lincolnshire Showground during the Easter school holidays on Sunday 14 April. As the Lincolnshire Agriculture Society celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019, Countryside Lincs is returning for its...

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It’s festival time!

Now in its 34th year, the highly popular Bury St Edmunds Festival will take place at entertainment venues and spaces across the Suffolk cathedral town from Friday 17 to Sunday 26 May 2019. Enjoy 10 packed days of great music, theatre, comedy, film and other art forms,...

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A day in the life of a zoo keeper

Becoming an animal keeper is the ideal job if you love animals. My passion for them is in my blood as my grandparents worked at Woburn when I was a kid and my mum and dad still work here. It’s perfect if you’d rather be outside come rain or shine, rather than sat...

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New MD for Evolvi Rail Systems

Kirstie van Oerle, who's pictured here, has been appointed Managing Director of Evolvi Rail Systems – one of the UK’s leading providers of rail booking and fulfilment functionality to online booking tools and content aggregators. Kirstie moves to the position from...

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Dogs welcome!

Scotland's Scone Palace is inviting its four-legged visitors - and their owners - to come indoors to warm up after a walk in the grounds during the cold winter months. Recently named one of the most pet-friendly places to visit in the world, Scone Palace is a popular...

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Calling all budding vets…

ZSL London Zoo is inviting children to become zoo vets this February half-term at Animal Hospital, an award-winning role-playing experience for budding veterinarians. From Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 February, as part of Vets in Action, kids will be able to step into the...

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A half-century at Norman Allen Group Travel!

Last year was a remarkable one for wholesaler Norman Allen Group Travel (NAGT), with two long-serving staff members reaching significant milestones. Jenni Chapple, from the company's accounts department, celebrated 30 years’ service, having started work when Norman...

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Trick riding comes to Kent County Show

The International Dzhigitovka Show will take centre stage at the Kent County Show on 5, 6, 7 July 2019 as the main ring attraction for the show’s 90th year. The British Dzhigitovka Team, joined by current world champion Sergey Murugov and other national champions,...

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Let the count begin!

Animal keepers at West Midland Safari Park have had a busy start to the year by undertaking the annual animal stock take. Every creature has to be counted, from the crash of huge white rhinos to the colony of tiny leaf cutter ants. There will be some extra heads to...

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The Adventure Travel Show

Olympia London is set to welcome the return of The Adventure Travel Show from Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th January 2019. Visitors can discover a breadth of once in a lifetime travel experiences, from small group adventures to volunteering and career break projects,...

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River Walks

River Walks aired on BBC One last month – each of the 11 English regions saw its own episode, and the entire series is now available nationwide on BBC iPlayer. Here, the show's presenter, actress Shobna Gulati, tells us about her love of the UK’s countryside… When...

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All lit up

Brave a private ghost tour this winter at Hampton Court Palace, one of six palaces cared for by charity Historic Royal Palaces. The evening tours are ideal if a spine-tingling experience is on your 2019 wishlist. Up to 30 people can explore the 500-year-old palace by...

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Rosslyn Chapel awarded ‘Coach Friendly’ status

The 15th century Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian has become the latest UK visitor attraction to be awarded Coach Friendly Visitor Attraction status by the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) for the warm welcome and fantastic facilities it offers coach...

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Happy Christmas!

Merry Christmas and a very happy new year to all of our lovely readers and customers, love from Helen, Harley and all of the Group Travel World magazine team!   Photo: Pixabay

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Top award for Leighton Hall

The team at Leighton Hall are celebrating their second award of 2018 for an innovative “Dual Day Out” in partnership with Carnforth Station. The Lancashire Tourism Awards 2018, hosted by Marketing Lancashire, recognise the region’s attractions’ hard work in keeping...

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Enjoy a flutter this Christmas

With constant temperatures of over 25°C, the Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm in Warwickshire is the perfect tropical place to escape the cold and celebrate Christmas this year. On display in Minibeast Metropolis are a number of Rhinoceros Rat Snakes, also known as...

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2,019 reasons to visit The Lake District!

As the new year beckons, Cumbria Tourism has come up with 2,019 reasons to visit the Lake District… • 912 square miles of national park • 176 camping & glamping sites • 214 Wainwright peaks • 150 miles of coastline • 124 miles of scenic coastal rail travel • 89...

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GTW subscribers free gift

Grab this Group Travel World branded travel mug, add a splash of tea or coffee and hey presto… your caffeine fix, on the go, sorted! To order your free mug, go to grouptravelworld.com/gtwshop just pay £3.99 postage and packaging.

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Escape to the Isle of Wight this Christmas

Easily reached with Wightlink – www.wightlink.co.uk – the Isle of Wight is offering some delicious festive treats for visitors travelling this Christmas period. The island’s foodie scene has exploded over the last few years and, with everything from cook schools with...

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National Metro & Mini Show 2019

The British Motor Museum is celebrating 60 years of Mini at a one-day show dedicated to two iconic marques. For one year only, the show moves from its traditional date in June to Sunday 4 August 2019. Hundreds of these popular British cars will be on display including...

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Give a ferry special gift!

An unforgettable experience could be hidden underneath the Christmas tree for your loved ones this festive season, thanks to Mersey Ferries and its popular Manchester Ship Canal Cruise vouchers. A 2019 voucher is an ideal present for those who love to take in the...

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Enjoy a Brighton mini break

If you're searching for a seaside break, look no further than Brighton. Described as ‘London by the sea’, Brighton is only 50 minutes outside the hustle bustle of the nation’s capital and a mere 30 minutes from Gatwick airport. Home to famous residents, including...

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Tourism drive for Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve

Narok County Government in South West Kenya has partnered with Reuters Plus to launch ‘Moments of Wonder’, a global campaign documenting the evolving world of Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve and its surrounding conservancies. The new campaign showcases the...

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The British Tourism & Travel Show returns!

Back with more inspirational exhibitors, fresh content and exciting show features, British Tourism & Travel Show – firmly established as the leading domestic travel trade event in the country – returns to the NEC Birmingham on 20-21 March 2019. Thousands of travel...

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Name that tune…

Greatdays Travel Group has launched a new seven-day tour that brings together the stories, sights, sounds and songs of Britain’s musical heritage. The ‘British Music Cities Tour’ takes in London, Liverpool and Manchester, offering the opportunity to follow in the...

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Is there a doctor in the house?

Based on the hit CBBC television series, Operation Ouch! is now live on stage for the first time in the UK - showing at the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End until January 6. The GTW team were there as the show launched this weekend, and loved it. "It's fun,...

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New face at Connections

Gemma Fitchett - pictured here - has been appointed Marketing and PR Manager at Connections, the global networking and event organiser exclusively for senior executives and experts in specific sectors, such as wellness and adventure, as well as destination-led events....

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Birds and baubles!

As many people across the country were busy putting up their Christmas decorations this weekend, the same was happening at West Midland Safari Park, but for the enjoyment of the animals… The Park is currently hosting its annual Santa Safari event and animal keepers...

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Full steam ahead

Plans for the Severn Valley Railway Group Buyer Showcase on Monday 18th February 2019 are well on track. The stunning Worcestershire and Shropshire countryside will be taking equal billing with the steam trains, carriages and signal boxes! Arranged by the iconic...

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Multi-million pound revamp for Stratford Hotel

Hotel Indigo Stratford upon Avon, formerly The Falcon Hotel, will open its doors in February after a multi-million pound major restoration project. The Grade 2 listed building, which dates back to the 16th century, has been painstakingly restored over an 18-month...

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Join Rabbie’s Tours

Leading small-group tours operator Rabbie’s has added a raft of longer breaks to its itinerary following demand from holidaymakers keen to explore more of the UK’s hidden gems. With UK’s staycations booming, the new package tours – ranging from between seven and 10...

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Visit any RHS Garden…

…and get a second visit for half price! You can enjoy the RHS' four gardens all year round – Wisley in Surrey, Rosemoor in Devon, Hyde Hall in Essex and Harlow Carr in Harrogate. All four gardens are playing host to a series of special events throughout the winter...

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Behind the scenes at Anfield Stadium

Go behind the scenes at Anfield Stadium, one of the world’s most iconic and historic stadiums, on the LFC Stadium Tour. During your tour you’ll use multimedia audio handsets to fully immerse yourself and take the tour at your own pace and see all the iconic...

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Windermere Lake Cruises

Windermere Lake Cruises’ seasonal timetable has been launched, with services continuing right throughout the autumn, winter and spring on three of the lake’s most popular routes. The attraction’s fleet of steamers and electric boats will continue to operate between...

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Tatton Park

Tis’ soon the season to embrace the festive spirit and where better to celebrate Christmas than in the magical grounds of Tatton Park? Known for its family offering and festive traditions, we’ve pulled together the top events for this Christmas. Father Christmas at...

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A festive treat

Children of all ages are in for a magical treat when the popular ‘Enchanted Christmas Kingdom’ returns to Hatton Adventure World in Warwickshire. Children can make a date with Father Christmas in his twinkling Grotto every weekend from 24 November – 23 December and...

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Awards for Scottish attraction

The Real Mary King’s Close has won two awards at the prestigious Scottish Thistle Awards regional finals for Lothian & Borders, winning in both of their nominated categories for Best Heritage Tourism Experience and Best Visitor Attraction. Craig Miller, General...

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New role at Airedale Tours

Airedale Tours has appointed Rob Carroll to the new role of commercial manager… Rob, pictured here, has worked in the coach holiday business for many years with Wallace Arnold, Shearings and Leger, before embarking on a 12 year stint in the rail holiday business with...

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