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Issue № 27 — Early July 2020

Ideas and opportunities for group travel buyers. Brought to you by the team behind GTO magazine, the authoritative source of group travel knowledge.

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Coaches respond to Covid-19

The Government's recent relaxation of the coronavirus two metre rule to one-metre-plus has enabled coach operators to re-start some of their holiday and day trip programmes - though at reduced capacity. We find out what to expect on a coach trip post-Covid, and how this important sector is coping with these unprecedented conditions.

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Journey in confidence with Riviera Travel

As you start to make plans for your next group adventure, the Riviera Travel team are ready to help, every step of the way. 

No matter how well travelled your group is, it’s comforting to know you’re in safe hands. Your happiness and peace of mind before and during your holiday is our priority, whether it's our Flexible Booking policy enabling you to change your dates or having our UK team on hand 24/7 throughout your holiday. Furthermore, value for money is guaranteed on our ABTA and ATOL protected holidays. So rest assured, when you book with us, you can do so with total confidence.


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Grapevine Nuggets

More drive-in ideas!

As a response to social distancing, cinema drive-ins are opening throughout the UK this summer - including on the clifftops near Newquay (pictured above). We take a look at the latest announcements, which also include some live performances to enjoy as well.

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Groups return to Borde Hill

Borde Hill Garden in West Sussex is now open for pre-booked small groups as well as individuals. Small groups can also pre-book a 45 minute tour of the Garden with an experienced guide followed by a cream tea. Gorgeous!

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Strife
off-stage

British theatres continue to suffer financial hardship due to the pandemic. Some have closed their doors for good, and many others are planning staff redundancies, as they face the prospect of the complete loss of their 2020 performance schedule. 

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Full steam ahead for NYMR!

After closing during the lockdown, North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) is firing up its engines and inviting passengers aboard once more from 1st August - with steam journeys running seven days a week.

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Butterfly farm re-opens

Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm has just re-opened on 4th July with social distancing measures. As well as looking after the butterflies, birds, fish and plants during lockdown, the team have also created a beautiful Maya themed display to be revealed on re-opening.

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Interview with Jason Edwards

We had a chat with Jason Edwards, Managing Director of Edwards Coaches, about how life has been for his beleaguered sector of the travel industry since the arrival of Covid-19 and his view of the future.

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Tourism industry news

A list of low risk countries for which quarantine will not apply to people arriving back in England has been published. These include Greece, Spain, Italy, Poland, Australia, France and Belgium. Notable exclusions include Portugal and the USA. The list comes into effect from 10th July.

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Although GTO magazine is on temporary pause during this period, we will be publishing a special supplement. Group Trips Staying Local will focus on the domestic travel market, and will be delivered to all of our magazine subscribers. If you would like to advertise in it - contact Sarah Jeffery asap.

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