Issue № 29 — Mid August 2020

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

Hello from all at GTO magazine!

The team at GTO have taken on the exciting task of putting the focus on group travel through an innovative new pop up TV channel, which will broadcast on the afternoon of Thursday 3rd September. Running in two parts from 2pm to 7:30pm the Celebrate Group Travel Day programme will be streamed live via YouTube from TV studios in London in partnership with a premium production company. An afternoon showcase of features, information, ideas and competitions about the world of group travel from 2pm to 4pm will be followed by a live broadcast of the announcement and celebration of the winners of this year’s Group Travel Awards from 4:30pm, hosted by TV personality Patrick Kielty. 

You can tune in on the day but if you want to be in with the chance to win one of the fantastic prizes on offer - you need to 
. Prizes include -
Two tickets to London's The View from The Shard with a glass of champagne each! 
Two First Class tickets to anywhere on the LNER network, which includes destinations such as London, York, Edinburgh and Inverness!
A ‘Shortbreak’ Ticket travelling with Eurotunnel with a car and up to five passengers!
More great prizes being added in the run up to the broadcast!

Click here to pre-register for your chance to win >>

A how-to on tuning in! 

Everyone in the group travel world is invited to join us for the Celebrate Group Travel Day on the afternoon of Thursday 3rd September from your living room, garden or wherever you are with your smartphone/device or streamed through your smart TV, and share some fun viewing, entertainment and information gathering about your next group trips! We've created a handy infographic above to help you through what you need to do to watch, and GTO's Val Baynton has also created an online tutorial, which you can view by clicking the link below.

How to use your TV or device to stream the show >>

Immerse yourself in Group Trips Staying Local online

By now, GTO readers should have received their copy of Group Trips Staying Local through the post. But to really explore the content, which reminds organisers of all the top attractions closer to home and how to visit them during these changing times, you can now explore the details in-depth via our immersive interactive version. Why not take a look now and discover more on the seven themed sections, including Gardens and Historic Houses and The Great Outdoors? 

Click here to view Group Trips Staying Local online

Grapevine Nuggets

RCT welcomes groups back

Royal Collection Trust has welcomed back groups to Windsor Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace and The Queen’s Galleries in London and Edinburgh. Visitors can now purchase between 15 and 30 tickets, but these must be booked in advance.

Find out more >> 

Christmas: good news and bad news

In recent days, numerous theatres have announced the postponement of their Christmas pantos to 2021. However, all is not gloom for Christmas 2020 as many gardens and stately homes are now confident enough of their Covid-19 procedures to open bookings for their winter illuminations. 

Read the latest >>

Re-opened Borde Hill visit is a treat

GTO's Editorial Director Peter Stonham enjoyed a day out recently to Borde Hill garden in West Sussex. Set in over 200 acres of garden, park and woodlands, the new social distancing requirements hardly detracted at all from the chance to spend time in such a beautiful environment.


Val hosts successful online group travel discussion

Val Baynton, GTO’s Contributing Editor, hosted an informative and lively discussion with group travel industry experts and GTOs at the end of July. This Zoom event included over 70 GTOs and other industry colleagues, with talks from Lin Wilson of Solent Events, Joss Croft, CEO of UKinbound, Colin Duncan of Dunwood Travel, Paul Harper from Daish’s, Lucy Arthurs from Leighton Hall, Alex Peppis from Tiqets and Ashleigh Ridler, a recent graduate from Bournemouth University. If you didn't manage to attend, you can view the discussion, which included valuable insight into what the future holds for group travel, on the GTO website or via the link below.

Click here to view the event

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