Articles by Fiona Horan

A Fam Trip to Coventry

Tour operator and organiser Harry Shaw Group Travel held a Familiarisation Trip to Coventry – UK City of Culture in June – one of the first after lockdown. This was hailed as a great success by all involved. The three-day trip from 21st to 23rd June, staying at Coombe Abbey Hotel, gave GTOs the opportunity

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Exploring the art of the traditional British seaside holiday

A focus on ‘staycations’ in in Britain for holidays this year has stimulated renewed interest in the history and heritage of traditional domestic tourism and leisure, and in particular its art, advertising, postcards and culture. This is being manifest in a number of exhibitions and events celebrating the related iconic posters and postcards produced in

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The roadmap out of lockdown for England is unveiled

On Monday 22nd February, the UK Government released its COVID-19 four-step plan to ease lockdown in England. The ‘stay at home’ rule will end on 29th March but many restrictions will remain in place. People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding

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Lights out for London theatre

With the announcement that London is to go into Tier 3 from midnight tonight (15th December), hopes for West End pantos and Christmas shows are finally dashed for good. The London Palladium started its Covid-secure performances of Pantoland on 12th December, but will now have to cancel the rest of the run of its Christmas

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Cruise Lines Prepare to Set Sail Again

A number of the major cruise lines have made significant steps towards rebooting their business for the post-Coronavirus period. They include the announcement of plans for both 2021and 2022, the deployment of new vessels, and measures to ensure customer safety. Targeting smaller groups is likely to be a feature of their marketing. We plan to

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London walking tours

With London currently in Tier 2, it’s possible to get out on a walking tour of the capital, and perhaps take in some Christmas lights. Providers of such tours include City of Westminster guide Rosemary Barnes, and London Blue Badge Tour Guide Diane Burstein. Rosemary offers a two hour tour of the best of the

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A Tale of Two Tiers

As the Government announced the latest Tiers in England after the lockdown, theatres around the country had to re-consider their plans for Christmas theatre productions, particularly as regulations have tightened for both Tiers 2 and 3. Fiona Horan finds out more. Good News Theatre Royal Plymouth, in Tier 2 like much of the country, is

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Daish’s Holidays acquires Robinsons

Daish’s Holidays has confirmed the acquisition of Robinsons Holidays, expanding its current portfolio to 12 hotels, located in 10 popular tourist destinations across the UK. As part of the acquisition, the UK break specialist has welcomed the Imperial Hotel in Eastbourne and the Abbey Lawn Hotel in Torquay to the Daish’s group. In addition, Daish’s

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Christmas Markets and Festive Thrills

GTO’s Fiona Horan has taken another look at what’s on this Christmas, as the situation changes by the hour … It’s bad news for Christmas Markets and better news for Christmas lights and theatre. Christmas Markets The desire of both the Government and the devolved administrations to discourage travel and gatherings in November and December

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Final touchdown for historic 747

Cotswold Airport will be the permanent home to an iconic British Airways 747 aircraft for locals and visitors to enjoy. The Boeing 747, registration G-CIVB, will be permanently retired at Cotswold Airport, near Kemble in Gloucestershire. The aircraft is painted in the unique Negus livery which adorned British Airways planes in the 1970s and 1980s.

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