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STA Travel ceases trading

Coronavirus has claimed another high profile casualty. STA Travel, which specialised in package tours for students and young backpackers, has collapsed – with the loss of 500 staff in its 50 high street branches across the UK and at its London headquarters. 2000 people were employed by STA Travel worldwide. The company was founded in

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Good news from coach operators – east and west

In response to our recent query for news from coach operators, we were delighted to receive the following email from Hunts Coaches in Lincolnshire … We’re Back in Business! We are Hunts Coaches, trading in Alford Lincolnshire. We cover a big chunk of the Lincolnshire coaching holiday and day excursion programme, and provide private hire

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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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Historic Royal Palaces ready to welcome groups back

After re-opening to the public recently, Historic Royal Palaces (HRP), has announced it will very soon be ready to work with Travel Trade partners and Group Organisers. The organisation looks after six royal palaces – Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, and Kew Palace in the London area, and Hillsborough Castle

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Cruise & Maritime Voyages enter administration

Cruise & Maritime Voyages, known as CMV, has gone into administration after failing to secure additional funding. The British cruise line had celebrated 10 years of operation in 2019, and specialised in holidays on smaller and medium-sized cruise ships sailing out of Tilbury, near London. Prior to the pandemic, the outlook was good for the company,

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Coaches respond to Covid-19

As gardens, museums, restaurants and other places of interest open again across Britain, it has become possible for coach operators to start up their day trips and holidays once more. Fiona Horan looks at the post-Covid landscape. The reduction of the two-metre rule to one-metre-plus, and the re-opening of attractions, hotels and restaurants, means that

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Interview: Jason Edwards from Edwards Coaches

Fiona Horan interviewed Jason Edwards, Managing Director of Edwards Coaches at the end of June to gain a greater insight into the effect of coronavirus on the coach industry. How was the company initially affected when the virus arrived in Europe and the UK? Did you have to cancel holidays at short notice and retrieve

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Drive-in cinema, theatre and music

As reported previously (see Spend summer at the drive-in), 2020 looks set to be the summer of the drive-in movie. Fiona Horan follows up with a look at some more cinema drive-ins around the country, as well as a few drive-in live performances to enjoy. Celluloid sensations Edinburgh International Film Festival and Unique Events, the team

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