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Join our Fam Trip to Yorkshire!

Here’s a great chance to learn about Herriot country! Herriot Country Tourism Group members, with Hambleton District Council, Northallerton BID, Classic Lodges Hotels, and the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) Northeast branch have arranged a familiarisation visit to Herriot Country in association with Landor Travel Publications. The visit is open to bona fide group travel

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Group Travel is Back!

With domestic travel finally opening up, Ellen Walker, of Tour Operator Travel Editions, reports back on a whirlwind of activity on the group travel front. “Wow… what a few weeks it has been! We started operating tours in the UK again from 17th May with the very first one heading to the English Riviera and

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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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Virgin Galactic Welcomes the Era of Space Tourism

Virgin Galactic has operated a successful passenger-carrying flight into space of its spacecraft VSS Unity, ushering in what the company’s founder Sir Richard Branson says is a new era of space tourism. Last weekend’s flight from its base in America was the 22nd test flight of VSS Unity and the first with a full complement

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West End: what’s on and what’s coming up

As theatres begin to welcome more people back through their doors, we take a look at when and where you will be able to see some of the West End’s most anticipated shows this summer, from new performances to old favourites. Back To the Future A new musical based on the light-hearted 1985 fantasy film

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New government plan to drive rapid recovery of tourism sector

The government has announced a Tourism Recovery Plan to help the sector bounce back from the pandemic. It aims to restore domestic tourism activity to pre-pandemic levels by 2022, and international tourism by 2023 – both at least a year faster than independent forecasts have been predicting. New initiatives to boost tourism include a £10 million National Lottery Days Out scheme to support attractions, and a new rail pass to encourage domestic breaks by train.

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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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