Articles by Fiona Horan

The (Christmas) Show Must Go On

In August, the decision was made by many producers and large venues to postpone their annual pantomimes to winter 2021. Every day throughout the month, more cancellations were announced, with most of the traditional big city pantos being scrapped. But is it really going to be a wasteland out there come December? Fiona Horan tracked

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Tentative return of British theatre

Autumn has arrived. The leaves are falling. The nights are drawing in. An evening at the theatre beckons, and it looks as though, at long last, this might actually be achievable in many parts of the country. Fiona Horan takes a look at what’s planned for the next few months. The West End and London

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Further clarification on coaches and the “Rule of Six”

Regarding the Government’s recent “Rule of Six” restrictions, the DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) has provided further clarification for coach operators and GTOs who may be planning trips for their groups in England. Coach tours of over six people on the coach can go ahead if it is possible to ensure that

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Group Travel Awards: Winner interview – Invisible Cities

Whilst most of our recent Group Travel Awards are chosen by readers of GTO magazine, there were an additional four Editorial Awards chosen by the GTO editorial team. This year, the Editor’s Award for Innovation in Tourism went to Invisible Cities, who train people that have experienced homelessness to become walking guides of their own

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“Welcome help to tourism industry, but international travel has been overlooked”

Today’s announcement by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, of further job support measures and help to businesses affected by the pandemic has been welcomed by many in the travel industry. However, Joss Croft, CEO of trade organisation UKinbound, is dismayed to see that the sector his organisation represents – those agents, services and attractions particularly dependent

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The latest Covid-19 restrictions in England

The Prime Minister has announced the following rules from Thursday 24th September in England: The planned reopening of conferences, exhibitions and events on 1st Oct has been suspended. Pubs, restaurants and bars will have to close at 10pm (except for takeaways). Only “table-only” service will be allowed at pubs, restaurants and bars. Staff in retail

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An Escape to the Lakes – it can be done!

Here at GTO magazine, we are always interested to hear what our readers are up to – especially at the moment, when group travel is so difficult. Jackie and Tim Hough of Isle of Wight Ramblers have recently been in touch about how their trips have been affected. Firstly, in April, two walking groups, one

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Group coach travel and the new Rule of Six

Travel and tourism industry bodies have been taking stock of the implications of the new ‘Rule of Six’ restrictions on social gatherings, and how they affect group travel and the activities of coach and tour operators. There are different interpretations of whether it means that traditional group trips can take place at all, or if

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Cruise News

Cruise & Maritime Voyages hristian Verhounig, the former chief executive of Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV), has acquired some of the assets of the collapsed cruise company, with a view to relaunching it. According to Sky News, he has bought CMV’s customer database and booking systems in a bid to save the popular brand. Duff

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Royal Museums Greenwich welcomes groups back

oyal Museums Greenwich (RMG) has recently announced that it is ready to welcome groups back through its doors. Groups of up to 30 can now visit both the Royal Observatory and famous tea clipper Cutty Sark. This follows the successful reopening in late summer of Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory, and the Queen’s House to

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