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Lowry Event for Groups in Salford Quays.

Lowry Event for Groups in Salford Quays.

Group Travel Forum Welcomes Tour Buyers and Tourism Industry.  The Lowry Art Gallery and Theatre in Salford Quays provided the ideal backdrop to a highly successful tourism industry set piece [14.10.19]. The annual Group Buyer Forum-North event took place at the Lowry...

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Spooky fun at Lulworth Castle

Spooky fun at Lulworth Castle

This October half-term, The Lulworth Estate on South Dorset’s UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast is hosting an incredible four days of ‘Spooky Fun’ at the storybook Lulworth Castle. The event is suitable for the whole family and includes a whole host of...

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The Albatross Group expands its team

The Albatross Group expands its team

Peter Stratton has been appointed as Head of New Business Development for the Kent-based travel group that includes Albatross Travel, Albatross Tours, Success Tours, Scenic Car Tours and Door2Tour. Peter, who has owned Simpson Recruitment, the travel industry...

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The Lincolnshire Food and Gift Fair returns

The Lincolnshire Food and Gift Fair returns

The Lincolnshire Food and Gift Fair returns to the Lincolnshire Showground this winter, and with more than 8,000 people expected to attend and advance tickets now on sale at www.lincolnshireshowground.co.uk/whats-on/event/foodandgift19 here’s everything you need to...

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Get up and Glow this winter

Get up and Glow this winter

Special discounted tickets have been introduced for groups visiting the festive ‘Glow’ illuminations at RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate. The tickets – available on Thursday evenings from Thursday 21st November to Thursday 19th December – are priced from £4 rather...

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Staffordshire’s onto a winner…

Staffordshire’s onto a winner…

Tourism bosses from around Staffordshire gathered at an iconic venue in the Potteries last week that was once the home of Josiah Wedgwood. Historic Etruria Hall – part of the Best Western PLUS Stoke-on-Trent Moat House Hotel – hosted a get-together of likeminded...

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The great outdoors? It’s roar-some!

The great outdoors? It’s roar-some!

A pair of endangered Amur tiger cubs - the world’s largest big cats - have ventured outside for the first time at Longleat Safari Park. Although initially cautious, the cubs, a male called Rusty and a female called Yuki, soon overcame their nerves and began exploring...

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See the light in Blackpool this autumn

See the light in Blackpool this autumn

Blackpool is gearing up for its biggest ever programme of FREE entertainment over the October half-term holiday. The award-winning Lightpool Festival, which will take place between October 11 and 26, will provide an amazing mix of live performance and light-based art...

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Sail into 2020 with The River Cruise Line

Sail into 2020 with The River Cruise Line

The River Cruise Line has announced the addition of the four-star MS Arena to its programme for 2020, alongside a series of new and improved itineraries for next year. The addition of the MS Arena, which will be offered exclusively by The River Cruise Line, marks the...

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Save the date for Excursions 2020

Save the date for Excursions 2020

Excursions 2020™ – one of the leading one-day group travel shows – will take place at Alexandra Palace, London on Saturday 25th January 2020. Delivering group travel inspiration for more than 40 years, Excursions is the longest running group travel show and has firmly...

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Go ape this weekend!

Go ape this weekend!

Hurry and you'll just catch Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre's fantastic 'Sept for Seniors' promotion, which runs until Monday. A fantastic attraction all year round, this much-loved Dorset attraction is now even better value, with its special offer allowing cut-price...

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Longleat 2020: bigger and better than ever!

Longleat 2020: bigger and better than ever!

Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire has announced its 2020 line-up of events, shows and festivals… Mini Safari: Easter 2020: An exciting new permanent addition to our Astonishing Kingdom; a miniature Safari Drive-through, specially designed for young explorers, will...

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Visit Lincoln shortlisted as a ‘Perfect Partner’

Visit Lincoln shortlisted as a ‘Perfect Partner’

Visit Lincoln has been shortlisted as a ‘Perfect Partner’ in LNER’s 2019 Legends Awards, designed to recognise and celebrate the achievements of LNER employees and the partners they work with.  “The nomination came as a wonderful surprise,'' says Charlotte Goy from...

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New wartime London tours from Albatross Travel

New wartime London tours from Albatross Travel

Albatross Travel www.albatrosstravel.com has launched a new themed tour commemorating wartime London for groups visiting the capital in 2020.  The two-night packaged tour, available on selected dates next year, includes a visit to the Churchill War Rooms, which...

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New installation at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

New installation at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

Groups heading to Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens in Northumberland can once again experience a beautiful contemporary installation, this time by world-renowned composer Arvo Pärt, and UK designers Arup. ‘Memory & Light’, is a multi-sensory installation of music,...

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Enchanted Evenings with English Heritage

Enchanted Evenings with English Heritage

In the run up to this Christmas, English Heritage will be lighting up the December darkness within the outstanding historic landscapes of some of its most prestigious houses and castles across the country. Picked for their spectacular grounds and inspired by their...

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See Edinburgh Castle in a new light

See Edinburgh Castle in a new light

History is set to come to life at Edinburgh Castle this winter, as the iconic landmark is illuminated with tales from Scotland’s past. The 90-minute journey of light, sound and wonder, entitled Castle of Light, will treat guests to an evening of dazzling animations,...

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National Memorial Arboretum appoints new MD

National Memorial Arboretum appoints new MD

Philippa Rawlinson has been appointed as Managing Director of the National Memorial Arboretum, which is part of The Royal British Legion. The award-winning free-to-enter 150-acre woodland site in Staffordshire is home to more than 380 memorials, including the national...

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Celebrating 30 years of Alfa Travel

Celebrating 30 years of Alfa Travel

This month, the Alfa Travel team unveil their new 2020 brochure, designed to celebrate 30 years of Alfa Travel delivering award winning holidays. Alfa Travel is part of the only employee owned UK travel company, ‘Alfa Leisureplex Group’, based in Chorley in...

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Enchanted Evenings with English Heritage

Enchanted Evenings with English Heritage

In the run up to this Christmas, English Heritage will be lighting up the December darkness within the outstanding historic landscapes of some of its most prestigious houses and castles across the country. Especially picked for their spectacular grounds and inspired...

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Greatdays launches new ‘Dad’s Army’ themed packages

Greatdays launches new ‘Dad’s Army’ themed packages

Greatdays Travel Group has launched ‘Don’t Panic’, a new entertainment overnight package for groups that features a themed comedy tribute to the Home Guard in the style of the popular BBC TV series Dad’s Army. This is the first time the package has been offered as a...

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Autumn in Estonia

Autumn in Estonia

Autumn will soon be upon us – and the serene forests, wetlands, islands, gardens and cities of Estonia will be awash with autumn colour. From harvest festivals to catching lampreys in the river with a local fisherman, here's our round up of the top events in Estonia...

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Cruise ship experience for groups with CMV

Cruise ship experience for groups with CMV

Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) is offering dinner and overnight events ideal for groups. A cruise ship is the perfect venue offering a high standard of accommodation, excellent dining, drinks, entertainment, dancing and breakfast the following morning. Groups can...

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Spring events at the RHS Gardens

Spring events at the RHS Gardens

What more uplifting way for a group to enjoy a day out in Spring than at an RHS Garden, with their fabulous displays of bulbs, blossoms and special events. From the Royal Horticultural Society’s historic home, RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey, to the beautiful RHS Garden...

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‘Festivalise’ your event at Butlin’s Conferences & Events

‘Festivalise’ your event at Butlin’s Conferences & Events

The ‘festivalisation’ of events is a key trend in the MICE sector – and one that's set to continue throughout 2019 and beyond. Butlin’s Conference & Events, a leader in the MICE arena and already renowned for embodying the term ‘corporate playground’, is embracing...

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One Showcase, two hotels, lots of fun!

One Showcase, two hotels, lots of fun!

Group travel organisers from around the country will be setting their sights on two great tourist destinations next year: the Lake District and Europe’s largest resort, Blackpool. Daish’s Holidays have been in operation for 40 years, ever since owner and founder...

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The Royal Yacht Britannia is a must for groups

The Royal Yacht Britannia is a must for groups

The Royal Yacht Britannia sailed over one million miles on nearly a thousand official visits for the British Royal Family. An iconic symbol of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty The Queen’s former floating palace was built in Clydebank at John Brown & Company’s...

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CTA members have their ‘i’ on Brighton at summer BBQ

CTA members have their ‘i’ on Brighton at summer BBQ

Coach Tourism Association (CTA) members headed down to Brighton for their annual Summer get together and before you could say ‘why is that deckchair so big’ they were looking down on the resort from a great height, thanks to a flight on the British Airways i360....

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Join the 2020 Southern Wales Group Buyer Showcase

Join the 2020 Southern Wales Group Buyer Showcase

The date of the 2020 Southern Wales Group Buyer Showcase has just been announced. This now well established annual set piece for the travel trade takes places 1-3 March 2020 and will feature two night’s accommodation, attraction visits across the region and a high...

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Cambridge Folk Festival a huge success

Cambridge Folk Festival a huge success

Following four days of outstanding music and glorious sunshine, the 55th Cambridge Folk Festival drew to a close on Sunday night. It’s estimated that more than 11,000 people passed through the hallowed gates of Cherry Hinton Hall to soak up the festival’s relaxed vibe...

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HF Holidays Showcase Walking Holidays.

HF Holidays Showcase Walking Holidays.

‘Those Groups are Made for Walking’. Walking group specialists HF Holidays this week encouraged tour planners from around the UK to don their boots and head for the country. It took place in one of the country’s most beautiful tourist spots And the sublime destination...

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Newquay Zoo wins national award

Newquay Zoo wins national award

Cornwall’s top zoo has won a national award for an exhibit about the Asian songbird crisis. Newquay Zoo won Gold at the recent British & Irish Association of Zoos & Aquariums (BIAZA) Annual Awards. The award, for the charity zoo’s Gems of the Jungle exhibit,...

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Tiny baby is big news for conservation

Tiny baby is big news for conservation

Keepers are celebrating at West Midland Safari Park following the appearance of a critically endangered teeny-tiny pancake tortoise. The miniscule youngster is about the size of a bottle-top - which is what's currently being used as a water bowl for the tiny...

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Enjoy a Retro Afternoon Tea at K West Hotel

Enjoy a Retro Afternoon Tea at K West Hotel

Afternoon Tea Week (12-18 August 2019), is just around the corner - and, to celebrate, K West Hotel & Spa in London has created a confectionary-inspired afternoon tea certain to tempt your sweet tooth.  Enter a world of confectionary surprises with K West Hotel’s...

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That’s all mine!

That’s all mine!

It’s been hot, hot, hot of late over in the Cotswolds, and keepers at Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens have had to be creative in a bid to keep the animals in their care cool, calm and well watered.  The park's lemurs have been enjoying cooling slices of...

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God’s House Tower unveils its multi-million pound revamp

God’s House Tower unveils its multi-million pound revamp

Following a £3.1million refurbishment, the 700-year-old Grade 1 listed God's House Tower - a scheduled ancient monument in Southampton's Old Town - will reopen in autumn 2019 as a unique arts and heritage venue. A warm welcome to groups will be a priority and plans...

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Purr-fect new arrivals

Purr-fect new arrivals

A pair of endangered Amur tiger cubs - the world’s largest big cats - have been born at Longleat. The tiger births are the first at the Wiltshire safari park for nearly 20 years, and keepers say they are delighted with the cubs’ progress. In preparation for their...

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Durker Roods opens its doors to groups

Durker Roods opens its doors to groups

A Yorkshire Dales hotel last week welcomed the UK travel trade during a special showcase event. The Durker Roods Hotel near the historic village of Holmfirth – famous for its Last of The Summer Wine connections – hosted a group of coach and tour operators from around...

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Meet the cast of The Prince of Egypt

Meet the cast of The Prince of Egypt

News has emerged of the talented line-up set to star in the UK premiere of The Prince of Egypt, which opens at the Dominion Theatre on 5 February 2020. Luke Brady will take on the lead role of Moses alongside Liam Tamne as Ramses, while Christine Allado will play...

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Airedale launches 2020 with new tours galore

Airedale launches 2020 with new tours galore

Airedale Tours has launched its 2020 brochure and biggest ever programme to date, with over 40 new tour ideas for groups in the UK, Europe and Worldwide. Commercial Manager Rob Carroll told us, “All the Airedale Classics are there, but we have enhanced our offering...

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See Essex in a new light…

See Essex in a new light…

Looking for new places to visit and take your group? Visit Essex has got it covered! The Essex Group Travel Show, supported by Group Travel World magazine, will take place on Tuesday 8 October at the Jobserve Community Stadium in Colchester, from 10.30am to 2.30pm –...

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Exciting opportunity at Visit Lincoln

Exciting opportunity at Visit Lincoln

Lydia Rusling, Visit Lincoln’s chief executive, has announced she is stepping down at the end of August after two and a half years at the helm of the award-winning Destination Management Organisation. She is leaving to take a new senior role at East Lindsey District...

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UK Salesperson of the Year joins Connections

UK Salesperson of the Year joins Connections

Connections, the unique, international private community for decision makers in high-end travel, has announced that Robbie Jones, formerly awarded 2016 UK Salesperson of the Year for the world’s leading events organiser Reed Exhibitions, will join their team this...

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Line-up revealed for British Science Festival

Line-up revealed for British Science Festival

The British Science Association (BSA) has unveiled the full programme and opened bookings for the British Science Festival 2019. Held in partnership with the University of Warwick, the Festival will transform Coventry and Warwickshire into a celebration of science and...

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Changes on the AGTO Board

Changes on the AGTO Board

AGTO, the Association of Group Travel Organisers, has appointed four new directors as it moves to further strengthen membership and travel trade engagement. The new directors are Lynne Cooper, group travel trade manager with New Lanark Mills World Heritage Site,...

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Rabbie’s Tours nominated for top award

Rabbie’s Tours nominated for top award

Rabbie’s Tours has been nominated for the 'Best Escorted Tours Holiday Company' in the prestigious 2019 British Travel Awards (BTAs). The winners will be determined by the consumer, who have until 30 September to cast their vote, with the successful companies...

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Cambridge Folk Festival 2019

Cambridge Folk Festival 2019

There’s just over a fortnight  to go before the gates to Cherry Hinton Hall open to fans for Cambridge Folk Festival 2019! Established by Cambridge City Council and held each year since 1965, Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the longest running and most prestigious...

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Only Fools and Horses returns to Dreamland

Only Fools and Horses returns to Dreamland

This August, Dreamland in Margate will host its biggest ever Only Fools and Horses exhibition to celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of its most popular episodes – the Christmas special The Jolly Boys’ Outing – which was filmed at the attraction in the 1980s. From...

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