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Future travel intentions

Several organisations in the tourism industry have been testing the mood of the nation when it comes to future travel. How quickly will we want to go abroad again? Are we prepared to use public transport to visit London’s many attractions? When do we think we might next venture into a theatre or concert venue?

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Government offers some help to coach companies

Coach operators have been badly hit by the international coronavirus lockdown. Customers and agents were shocked when Shearings, a large and well-known coach holiday provider, recently collapsed into administration. David Urquhart Travel has also closed its coach holiday operations for good, whilst several long-lived family coach companies have ceased operating. Finally, however, the Government has

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RSC postpones 2020 performances to next year

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has decided to postpone all remaining planned performances of The Winter’s Tale and The Comedy of Errors scheduled for the 2020 summer season, as well as postponing or cancelling its autumn and winter schedule. This is due to the continuing lockdown, as well as Government advice that social distancing will need to remain in

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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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Spend summer at the drive-in

With a summer of social distancing ahead, it’s not all bad news as the Fifties phenomenon of the cinema drive-in is set to make a return. Several entertainment companies have so far announced a schedule of open-air drive-in cinema from mid-summer. These include The Drive In at Troubadour Meridian Water, near the river Lee in north

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National Trust start to re-open loveliest gardens

The National Trust has announced that from 3rd June it will begin a phased reopening of some of its gardens and parklands in England and Northern Ireland with advance bookings needed to limit visitor numbers and maintain public safety. The first bookings opened today (29th May) and some have already sold out. The charity will

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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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Swinging 60s London tours go virtual

With coronavirus pressing the pause button on his successful Swinging 60s London tours, Paul Endacott of Music Heritage London has taken the opportunity to think outside the box. Fiona Horan finds out more. How was 2020 looking for your business before the whirlwind of coronavirus appeared over the horizon? ‘I’ve been promoting London’s vast music

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Europe plans to re-open to international tourists

Some popular European destinations have announced their provisional plans to re-open to international tourism following (hopefully) the passing of the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. Greece: The Greek government is now looking to ease its lockdown restrictions and revive the country’s usually booming tourism industry. Hotels will open in Greece from the 15th June, with international tourists welcomed back

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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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