Issue № 28 — Late 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.

Hello from all at GTO magazine!

Join our Discussion on the future of Group Travel

Val Baynton, GTO’s Contributing Editor, will be hosting an online discussion with group travel industry experts and GTOs on Wednesday 29th July at 2.00pm, under the title The Future of Group Travel – Let’s Start Here. This Zoom event, which is free to attend, will also give details of GTO’s own new pop up TV broadcast Celebrate Group Travel Day (see below).
Val’s panel will include Lin Wilson from Solent Events talking about her survey of group organisers’ plans; Joss Croft, CEO of UKinbound, on how the industry is looking for support to get through the current challenges; Colin Duncan of Dunwood Travel on how his company has now resumed group outings; Paul Harper from Daish’s; and Lucy Arthurs from Leighton Hall about how they’ve met the new requirements for group health and safety.
Alex Peppis from Tiqets will talk about how technology is helping with new event booking requirements, and Ashleigh Ridler, who has just graduated from Bournemouth University, will give the views of a new generation of group traveller.

Email here to register for this free event >>

Celebrate Group Travel Day gets Pop Up TV Channel!

Necessity is the mother of invention and the team at GTO are excited to unveil an innovative new project to put the focus on the world of group travel through a pop up TV channel, which will broadcast programming under the title Celebrate Group Travel Day on the afternoon of Thursday 3rd September. It will be streamed live from TV studios in London in partnership with a premium programme-making company.

An afternoon showcase of features, information, ideas and competitions about the world of group travel will be followed by a live broadcast of the announcement and celebration of the winners of this year’s Group Travel Awards, hosted by TV personality Patrick Kielty. Everyone in the group travel world is invited to join us on September 3rd from your living room, garden or wherever you are with your smartphone/device, and share some fun viewing, entertainment and information gathering about your next group trips!

Find out more about the day >>

Royal Ascot 2021 Tickets
- Now On Sale

Summer 2021, the longest running drama returns. Royal Ascot presents an exquisite occasion for groups as it unveils a spellbinding explosion of the senses, featuring unparalleled racing with an all-star cast. Be Part of the Drama.

To book your 2021 experience, plan a bespoke package for your party or simply request copy and images for your brochures and newsletters, call Royal Ascot's dedicated Groups Team on 0344 346 3000 or email

Tickets from £29 with further group discounts available. Book before midnight Thursday 5th November to save up to 46% on group tickets. Visit for more details or to download the latest brochure.

Find out more >>

Grapevine Nuggets

CMV cruise line collapses

Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) has entered administration. Though it had good advance sales for 2021, the UK cruise operator was unable to secure funding to see it through the lockdown and the current tourism downturn.


Into the caves once more

Cheddar Caves are re-opening to the public on Monday 27th July. Daily admission numbers will be limited due to social distancing, so now is the time to see these impressive caves in Somerset without the crowds.

Take a look >>

HRP open up to groups

After re-opening to the public recently, Historic Royal Palaces (HRP), has announced it should be ready to work with Travel Trade partners and Group Organisers from early August. Groups can once more enjoy the Tower of London, and others. 


Hill Close Gardens open

Warwick’s historic Hill Close Gardens have now opened again to the public. Hill Close offers the opportunity to visit hedged Victorian pleasure gardens, which capture the planting and personality of their original owners.

For more details >>

Thanking NHS workers

A new initiative that will give NHS workers free or discounted admission to a wide variety of attractions and restaurants has been launched. Britain Unites hopes to help revive tourism whilst thanking heroes of the pandemic.

Find out more >> 

Museum is back on track

The National Railway Museum, York, celebrates the people, places and engineering marvels behind the railways. This free museum will open again to the public on 4th August. Tickets must be pre-booked to control capacity.

Find out more >>

Save the date for our TV special on September 3rd!


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