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Olivia’s Top tips

Olivia in Vietnam. GTO Olivia Goodfellow offers her members a diverse travel programme that takes her members around the world. Based on her rich experiences, Olivia shares her top tips for organising group travel with Val Baynton. Olivia Goodfellow is GTO for Enfield Over 50s Forum and the scope of her annual travel programme –

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How German groups enjoy their British visits

Visitors from abroad enjoy the UK as group travellers, just as we do! Germans are amongst the most significant incoming groups and for this issue, Val Baynton investigates what German groups like to do when they are in Britain. She talks to two specialist incoming operators that help them with their plans, and German operators

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Hastings Pier rises from the ashes

Following  a £14.2 million refurbishment and over two years work, Hastings Pier has re-opened to the public. Built in 1872, the attraction was gutted by a fire in 2010, and its renovation has included the replacement of damaged support pillars and steel beams, and the introduction of new decking the length of the 910-foot structure.

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Tracey’s friendly trips

Residents of Merton are fortunate to have an enthusiastic GTO in their midst. Tracey Waterman, organiser of the outdoor activities programme for Age UK Merton, constructs an imaginative monthly itinerary offering exceptional value for her groups and with wide ranging appeal. Val Baynton discovers more. Tracey Waterman Tracey Waterman became connected to Age UK Merton

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Airedale’s 30th Anniversary celebration

In late January, over 180 customers, guests and suppliers celebrated Airedale’s 30th anniversary at the TLH Derwent Hotel in Torquay. Amongst the guests was Clive Kessell, GTO for East Grinstead Probus, who, since 2009, has chosen Airedale Tours to organise two holidays a year for his group. Clive says that the four-day event was excellent

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Malta is a hit for STARA

On 29th September, 28 members of the STARA active retirement group departed for an eight-day holiday in Malta organised by committee member Marlene Munroe through Saga holidays. Based in Snodland, near Maidstone, the group is part of the KENTARA club and their name comes from using the ST from Snodland Town and ARA from the

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Bringing solo travellers together

Val Baynton talks to Jackie Ring, Holidays and Trips Organiser for The Unattached Group in Surrey, and finds out how she has perfected the art of ‘mix and match’ group travel for singles. Jackie Ring Jackie Ring has been involved with The Unattached Group (T-U-G) for a decade and has always ‘organised things’. This has

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