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Smarter destinations in a post-Covid world

As tourist destinations look to re-open after the international lockdown, experts predict the increased use of so-called “smart” technologies, allowing attractions to effectively implement the safety measures required. The main problem that destinations face is in enforcing social distancing. Solutions to this lie in controlling entry – often with online pre-booking required; reducing capacity; spacing

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Coming to a screen near you soon….

Showcase Cinemas UK hope to be welcoming audiences back from 4th July, and have released an outline of the adaptations they plan to put in place by that date to keep audiences safe. Mark Barlow, General Manager, Showcase Cinemas UK, said: ‘Since the lockdown started, we have been working on what measures will be implemented

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Kaiser Chiefs perform at Royal Albert Home

Indie rock band Kaiser Chiefs will play a streamed show from home to raise funds for the Royal Albert Hall. The band, known for hits such as Oh My God, Predict A Riot, and Everyday I Love You Less and Less, will perform as part of the Royal Albert Home series on Saturday 30th May at 8pm, with the exclusive

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Tell us what you’d like to read more about!

As we continue in a much changed post-pandemic world, the GTO team are keen to put their researching, writing and design skills to good use in producing material that best meets the needs and interests of our group travel audience. We’re thinking of both particular information requirements you may have, or specific themes on which

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Bringing places to life online

GTO’s publishers Landor Travel Publications is delighted to have introduced a new concept in online feature article presentation, which we’re pleased to invite our friends in the travel and tourism sector to partner with us on. The new ‘documentary feature’ concept animates material with techniques and space that we have previously been unable to offer

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Virtual Tour at the De Havilland Aircraft Museum

VE Day and all things World War II are very much in the air at the moment, despite the cancellation of all the communal celebrations that were planned. It is, however, possible to discover more about the period online, and one good way to do this is by visiting the De Havilland Aircraft Museum’s online

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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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