Category UK News

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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“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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Re-opened Borde Hill visit is a treat

GTO’s Editorial Director Peter Stonham and a couple of colleagues had a really enjoyable day out recently to see the new arrangements for visiting the lovely Borde Hill garden in West Sussex.   It is set in over 200 acres of garden, park and woodlands with commanding views across the Sussex High Weald. Planted in

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Save Hackney Empire campaign launched

Olivier award-winning actor and West End musical star Clive Rowe has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help London’s Hackney Empire survive the impact Covid-19 lockdown has had on its finances. Famed dame Clive Rowe has starred in over 14 of Hackney Empire’s pantomimes and is supported in the campaign by Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville, award-winning actor Richard

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More gardens re-open in England

More historic houses and major gardens in England have now announced the re-opening of their outdoor spaces from early June including Kew, Warwick Castle, Westonbirt Arboretum and Castle Howard. Kew Gardens and Wakehurst The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, London, and Wakehurst – Kew’s country garden in Sussex – have already re-opened. Priority given to

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Shearings collapses

Specialist Leisure Group Limited, which operated under brand names including Shearings, Bay Hotels, Coast & Country Hotels, Country Living Hotels and Wallace Arnold Travel, went into administration on 22nd May after failing to secure a rescue deal. It is reported that the company had around 64,000 bookings at the point of collapse, with the majority being

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Theatre in peril

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Donmar Warehouse in London have told a Government enquiry that they are in jeopardy of closing for good due to the pandemic. Meanwhile, beyond London, Theatre Royal Plymouth has warned it faces closure without long-term government support and the management of Southport Theatre has gone into liquidation. Early responses to

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Tourism businesses excluded from Government help

Previously thriving businesses in tourism are facing closure due to the lockdown because they are not included in the Government’s coronavirus tourism and leisure rate relief scheme. Tour and coach operators, English language schools, destination management organisations, and tourism and hospitality charities are being excluded from the Coronavirus Business Rates Relief Scheme, despite the Chancellor

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Coach operators lend a hand

Despite problems of their own (see Coaching Industry in Crisis), many coach operators around the country have offered help and encouragement to health workers and vulnerable people during the coronavirus crisis. Bakers Dolphin of Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, has closed its outlets in Weston and Bristol, whilst continuing to take future holiday bookings online. Meanwhile, whilst national

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NGS opens virtual gardens for health charities

Gardener, writer and television presenter, Alan Titchmarsh is lending his support to the National Garden Scheme’s campaign to keep its garden gates ‘virtually’ open and to continue to raise funds for vital nursing and health charities during the current pandemic. Founded in 1928, the National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to over 3,700 beautiful

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