Public urged to continue protecting family and friends
New government campaign launches across England to remind public of importance of continuing healthy behaviours to reduce the spread of COVID-19
Quarantine-free travel to resume on 19 July for fully vaccinated passengers
The guidance on travel to and from amber list countries to England will change 19 July
Self-isolation to be eased for fully vaccinated adults in step 4
From 16 August, double jabbed individuals and under 18s will no longer need to
Hype Collective parent company rebrands to The Family
The Family will focus on supporting new agency launches from new founders both within the group, and from those across the industry looking to launch their own business. The Family is also looking to invest in micro agencies, typically with a headcount below five, to help them scale
First Travel Solutions partners with Kingswood
We are incredibly excited to announce our newly formed outdoor adventure and school trip partnership. First Education & School Travel have formally teamed up with Kingswood
Prime Minister sets out plan to ease restrictions at step 4
COVID restrictions are set to end in England from step 4 of the Roadmap after the Prime Minister set out how life will soon return close to normal
Invasion joins Intrax to expand international exchange opportunities
Invasion Camp Group is one of the largest youth travel organizations in the United Kingdom, offering a wide selection of life-changing and unforgettable experiences, ranging from visiting Europe’s cultural cities, volunteering in South Africa, exploring in Amsterdam, working at an American Summer Camp, experiences at Camps in Thailand and life-changing trips to Wrestling events around the globe.
Go Ape swings into partnership with The Prince’s Trust
Giving something back isn’t about being worthy – we just think it’s the right thing to do. And, because a belief in the benefits of adventure is at the heart of Go Ape, that’s reflected in our charitable work
New Kensington Palace exhibition to showcase the wedding dress of Diana, Princess of Wales
As Kensington Palace reopens to visitors, a new temporary exhibition set in the newly-conserved historic Orangery will explore the unique relationship between fashion designer and royal client. Titled Royal Style in the Making, the display will feature never-before-seen items from the archives of some of the most celebrated royal couturiers of the 20th century, set alongside examples of the glittering gowns and stylish tailoring created for three generations of royal women
Spotlight on John Milne, Bristol International College
How will covid change our industry, I think the quality operators will thrive as clients seek institutions that provide quality assurance and good outcomes. This ‘shake-down’ will ensure UK education comes out of the global pandemic much fitter and stronger
Spotlight on Nick Steiert, Invasion Camp Group
I think Tik Tok (especially for our student demographic), staycations and flexible working hours will be the emerging trends within our sector. I think covid has reminded us of the importance of staying flexible and adapting as we go
Events Research Programme report published
Mitigation measures can be used to reduce and manage risks associated with large events, report finds
Shorter mobility programmes break down barriers, finds new report
A new report by UUKi: ‘Short-term mobility: long-term impact’
UK travel update
Green watchlist extended as plans for fully vaccinated passengers confirmed
3 in 5 UK adults receive both doses of COVID-19 vaccine
Over 60% of UK adults have been vaccinated with a second dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, giving them the fullest possible protection
FSB calls for new strategy to help bolster hospitality and tourism sector
Long term help must be given to ensure the survival of small hospitality
Eviction protection extended for businesses most in need
Sorting out commercial rent debts will be key to enabling businesses to plan ahead with certainty and build back better from the pandemic
Petition: allow EU visits using ID cards
The UK Government made the decision at the end of last year to remove the use of ID cards for EU visitors after 30th September 2021.
New plan to drive rapid recovery of tourism sector
A new rail pass and vouchers for popular tourist attractions are at the heart of a plan to return domestic tourism to pre-pandemic levels by 2022 and international tourism by 2023
Tourist numbers down 83% but confidence slowly rising
International tourist arrivals were down 83% in the first quarter of 2021 as widespread travel restrictions remained in place. However, the UNWTO Confidence Index shows signs of a slow uptick in confidence
Spotlight on Matt Coulter, Historic Royal Palaces
We are all aware of the speed at which technology is evolving within tourism, and with the world constantly moving towards a more digital format the need to maximise the tools around us has never been higher. By embracing API technology, we are now able provide a seamless journey from the reservation process to the visit of the customer.
£2.5million Generation Green project for young people launched
A 16-month project that will create hundreds of jobs and volunteering opportunities in the outdoor sector has been launched by a 15-strong Access Unlimited coalition of outdoor education providers led by YHA (England & Wales)
Student.com Global Student Accommodation Report
Students Plan for Normal University Life, Post Pandemic Return as Students Want to Experience University Life
Clink Hostels on a mission to become a B Corporation
Clink Hostels on a mission to become a B Corporation after 86% of travellers say companies should do more to challenge current social, political and environmental issues
A Spotlight on Vlada Konaskina, Immerse Education
People plan much further out. Whereas before people liked to confirm their plans up to a year in advance, now the situation pushes them to plan at least two years in advance, which is a helpful trend when planning for business development
ABC Cambridge launch financial aid for visa applicants (FAVA)
ABC Cambridge is launching its FAVA scheme to make it easier for non-EEA members of EEA school groups to study in Cambridge. In an innovative move, ABC will support the cost of visa application for non-EEA school children wanting to join a trip with their EEA-based school.
Contiki launching exclusive mystery trips
Contiki Holidays is launching a new initiative to travellers in the know on its latest news and trip ideas
Scotland’s First Minister sets out priorities for Government
Scotland’s recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will be driven by an ambitious programme to build a modern, high-tech economy while staying true to enduring values of fairness and compassion, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.
Europe’s travel & tourism sector welcomes adoption of “EU Digital COVID Certificate”
The European Tourism Manifesto alliance of more than 60 travel and tourism organisations warmly welcomes the adoption of the “EU Digital COVID Certificate” Regulation. The Alliance calls on Member States to ensure swift implementation before July to support the restart of the sector in time for the vital summer season, and to restore freedom of movement within the EU and Schengen Area.
EU Digital COVID Certificate: European Parliament and Council reach agreement
The Commission welcomes provisional political agreement between the European Parliament and the Council on the Regulation governing the EU Digital COVID Certificate
PM announces plan for ‘Global Pandemic Radar’
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces plan for a new ‘Global Pandemic Radar’ to identify and track new COVID variants and emerging diseases.
COVID-19 Charter for holidaymakers launched
Charter provides clear information for passengers outlining their rights and responsibilities when travelling this summer
Mayor of London announces plans for biggest domestic tourism campaign
Sadiq Khan will this morning formally sign in for a second term as Mayor of London on stage at the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe, as he announces plans for the biggest domestic tourism campaign the capital has ever seen to help London’s economy get back on its feet as COVID restrictions are eased. He will be joined at the Globe by award-winning British actor and director Adrian Lester
Government confirms traffic light list ahead of cautious return to international travel
International leisure travel from England no longer illegal from 17 May 2021 but strict border control measures will remain in place
Spotlight on Mariana Ulanowicz, Stay Campus London
Foundation programmes and other pathways are vital for international students who are dreaming of studying in the UK. Moreover, as they are long term courses, they are less affected by quarantine and travel restrictions. The interest is growing, and we are getting ready to welcome a good number of students in our next intakes
Transport Secretary meets with G7 leaders to plan safe return to international travel
G7 leaders meet to identify common goals and principles that will help develop globally recognised standards for when international travel reopens
Spotlight on Dan Hurst, Up at The O2
We are always looking at how we can embrace new technology and trends in to our attraction and keep thinking outside the box for events on the roof that are hard to deliver but totally rewarding for all attendees and our own reputation
Londonist is glad to present our partner’s … Le Cordon Bleu Wine
With over 125 years of culinary excellence, Le Cordon Bleu is the most renowned culinary arts and hospitality institute in the world. In addition to culinary courses, Le Cordon Bleu London also offers a range of wine courses, delivering the same standards of teaching and expertise
Government to launch 40,000 person daily contact testing study
New study to offer daily rapid testing to contacts of positive COVID-19 cases
UNWTO and IATA Collaborate on destination tracker to restore confidence in travel
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announce a Destination Tracker in preparation for the restart of international travel. It is the result of both organisations joining efforts to boost confidence and accelerate recovery of the tourism sector when borders reopen.
Government launches COVID-19 Antivirals Taskforce
The Antivirals Taskforce will identify treatments for UK patients who have been exposed to COVID-19 to stop the infection spreading and speed up recovery time
Global Travel Taskforce sets out framework to safely reopen international travel
Recommendations include the launch of a new traffic light system and ‘green
New campaign urges public to get tested twice a week
From Friday 9 April, everyone in England will be eligible for free rapid COVID-19 tests, twice a week
Contiki is going Carbon Neutral!
We can no longer ignore what’s happening to our planet – we’re seeing record-breaking global temperatures, sea levels creeping up, and an alarming rate of biodiversity loss. The impacts of climate change are universal, and we need to take action. Today.
A year like no other – YHA’s story of survival
Faced with a crisis unlike anything it has seen in its 90-year history, the youth hostelling charity YHA (England & Wales) has documented its survival over the last 12 months in a new publication – COVID stories.
Feel Good Films launch new service, Summer 2021
Feel Good Films is a full service, award-winning production company, that has launched campaigns for brands on a global scale – cementing their reputation for delivering exceptional video content
Further easing of Covid restrictions confirmed for 12 April
Outdoor pubs, shops, gyms and hairdressers to reopen
Twice weekly rapid testing to be available to everyone in England
Everyone in England will be able to access free, regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19)
Ardmore’s brand new programme Ardmore X
With over 35 years’ experience, Ardmore Language Schools are one of the most respected Junior language travel specialists in the UK, USA, and Canada, helping junior international students achieve academic success through their uniquely designed courses
Stay Campus London announce new English & football summer courses
Stay Campus London and the Watford Football Club Community Sports & Education Trust are proud to announce a new partnership to provide training to international students with their new English and Football Academy summer programme
Spotlight on Isabel Joris, Wembley Stadium Tours
At Wembley we’re seeing that interactivity is a key trend and one that we are constantly looking to enhance, We’re keen that a visit to Wembley is so much more than a walk around an empty stadium and so much of the work we’re doing within the tour aims to bring the venue and the stories of Wembley to life using many interactive elements along the tour route
Spotlight on: David Gardner, First Travel Solutions
Name: David GardnerJob Title: Business Development ManagerCompany: First Travel SolutionsMember Since: 2019 We will roll out inclusive day-trips for schools in a ground breaking partnership with train operators in 2021, offering day-excursions on their long-distance network at some fantastic prices Tell us a bit about your role and how it supports the business? It is probably best to explain a little bit about First Travel Solutions (FTS) as this will put my role into context. FTS has various areas of specialism – we look after diverse pieces of business from rail replacement services to transport consultancy for major events such as the Olympic and Commonwealth Games. Within the business we also have First Education and School Travel (FEST), our in-house tour operator, and a private hire division that sources coach, minibus and taxis travel for our clients. My role is to expand FTS’s private hire work. Recognising that educational travel represents a large demand for the services that we offer it has become a focus area. I also work alongside Rick Smith who runs FEST, our educational tour operator, where we’re also trying to grow our market presence through wider promotion and the development of new products. At the end […]
Optivo Students Launch Summer 2021 Brochure
At Optivo Students we’re looking at summer 2021 with renewed optimism and are happy to announce that we’ll be accepting summer bookings
StudentUniverse Expands into Canada to Offer Student Travellers Great Online Deals
StudentUniverse, the world’s leading student and youth travel booking site, has announced that it has expanded into Canada. The launch is the latest step in the brand’s global expansion plans, following a successful launch into Australia in 2019.
Fresh wave of grant funding launched as councils are called on to do their bit
New grant scheme launches today as ministers issue call to council leaders
Workplace testing programme expands to offer free rapid home testing
In the next major push for the Government’s workplace testing
Government extends business support measures
The Government has extended temporary insolvency measures providing further support to businesses during the pandemic
£25 million for tourism recovery in Scotland
Holiday vouchers, discounts for days out and a marketing fund are included in a new £25 million tourism recovery programme.
Legal footing for national unlocking set out ahead of vote
The government has set out regulations that will pave the way to the easing of all
Europe’s travel & tourism sector welcomes Digital Green Certificate proposal
Over 60 travel and tourism organisations express their support for the European Commission’s initiative and call to ensure swift implementation in time for summer 2021
Government asks for views on Covid-19 certification
The Government is reviewing whether COVID-status certification could play a role in reopening our economy, reducing restrictions on social contact and improving safety
Move to boost transport connections across the whole of the UK
Prime Minister Boris Johnson sets out vision to level up and boost connectivity across the UK through improved transport infrastructure
Further support for commercial and residential tenants
Ban on commercial evictions extended to 30 June and bailiff enforced eviction ban extended to 31 May to protect residential tenants.
Mandatory form for international travel launched to prevent illegal trips
From 8 March 2021, passengers travelling abroad will need to carry a new form stating that their trip is permitted under national lockdown rules
Budget 2021: What you need to know
Measures announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in the Budget.
Fact sheet: Graduate Immigration Route
The UK Government has confirmed that the Graduate route will open for applications on 1 July 2021. This will allow the UK to retain the brightest and the best international students to contribute to society and the economy post-study
Global Travel Taskforce meets to map out safe return to international travel
Government meets with industry players to develop a safe and sustainable plan to restart international travel
Learn Away launches new Summer Camps
Introducing our new Summer Holiday Camps in partnership with Dusemond Study Programmes at prestigious UK schools. Expertly designed Summer courses that will bring France and Spain to the UK in July and August
Travel & tourism stakeholders urge investment in sustainable tourism
The European Tourism Manifesto alliance, which represents over 60 European travel & tourism stakeholders covering the whole value chain of
made promotes ‘Living in Greenwich: tales through time’
A major exhibition that explores the history and heritage of Greenwich, by rediscovering the stories of the people who had lived and worked in the Borough
First Travel Solutions launch ‘book with confidence’ guarantee
We’ve just launch our own ‘Book with Confidence’ guarantee against potential future travel disruption due to Covid-19
ABC offers English for Work courses
In this time of challenges, almost everyone is having to adapt to change at work.
Spotlight on: Nabeel Sheikh, UK Car Bookings
Name: Nabeel Sheikh Job Title: Owner & Director Company: UK Car Bookings Member Since: 2019 During lockdown we have worked on passenger app and customer portal – our clients are now able to book and track journeys Tell us a bit about your role and how it supports the business? UK Car Bookings is a private hire company, specialising in airport transfers for corporate and personal customers. We have a fleet of vehicles suitable for a varied range of customers and needs. I am the owner and founder of the business and play a hands on role in, dealing with sales, operations and staff training. As a team we continue to adapt to our current trading climate. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? Keep calm, keep trying and never sit at home thinking bad times will pass with you moving! What is coming up for your company in the next 12/18 months? During the lockdown we have worked on passenger app and customer portal and our clients are now able to book and track journeys using this easy to use system. We are also committed to building customer confidence in hygiene, health and […]
Spotlight on: Raffaele d’Apice, Trinity TS UK
I honestly think that C-19 has already started a change in our industry in the sense that it has challenged schools to be more pro-active rather than reactive; to improve their adaptability and their transformation-skills.
UK businesses registered ‘We’re Good To Go’ get global ‘Safe Travels’ stamp
VisitBritain has announced that tourism businesses in the UK registered to the ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard scheme can now be automatically issued with the international ‘Safe Travels’ stamp from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)
Prime Minister sets out roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions
PM Boris Johnson has announced the government’s roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions in England
Prime Minister to publish roadmap for cautiously easing COVID restrictions
The Prime Minister will set out the government’s roadmap for cautiously easing lockdown restrictions in England.
Business Rates Review Update
The final report of the government’s fundamental review of business rates will now be published in the Autumn, and has been announced.
Mayor announces £5m plan to support safe reopening of Central London
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced proposals to invest £5m to support the eventual reopening of central London, including a brand-new drive to attract visitors – including Londoners and tourists from the rest of the UK –back to hard-hit retail, hospitality and cultural venues
Further £650 million funding boost for Covid-19 response in Wales
Latest Treasury announcement brings the extra funding provided since March 2020 to the devolved administration in Wales to £5.85 billion.
Robust border regime comes into force
Anyone who has visited a country on the UK’s travel ban list in the last 10 days will have to quarantine in hotels
Further £1.1 billion boost for Scotland’s response to COVID-19
UK Government provides devolved administration in Scotland with additional £1.1 billion to help tackle coronavirus
Tougher measures and enforcement rules for quarantined passengers introduced
Tough new enforcement measures – from fixed penalty notices to imprisonment – will come into force on Monday 15 February
Chancellor eases burden on more than a million businesses through Pay as You Grow flexible repayment options
Businesses that took out government-backed Bounce Back Loans to get through Covid-19 will now have greater flexibility to repay their loans, the government announced.
Measures announced to boost international study and global opportunities
Government announces new measures to help the education sector build back better from the pandemic.
Government confirms mandatory hotel quarantine to be introduced from 15 February
From 15 February anyone travelling to the UK from a country on the UK’s travel ban list will be required to quarantine in a government-approved facility for 10 days.
More than 10 million people receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in UK
Significant milestone reached as almost 1 in 5 adults in the UK get the vaccine.
Trinity UK expands Summer Camps provision
English language provider Trinity UK has announced a new range of destinations for English Summer Camps
Government announces £50 million to support students impacted by Covid-19
New funding will go to universities to help students facing financial difficulties arising from the impact of coronavirus.
YHA A united approach to recovery
Hostelling has been disproportionately hit by COVID-19. Yet hostels contribute more than any other aspect of hospitality to wellbeing, connection with nature and the rural economy
Surge testing to be deployed to monitor and suppress spread of COVID-19 variant
Additional testing is being made available in locations where the COVID-19 variant first identified in South Africa has been found.
Spotlight on: Ryan Cronin, YOYO School Exchange
During COVID we were pleasantly surprised to see how often businesses were able to issue full refunds or work to find a positive compromise for both parties. These gestures of goodwill across the industry was a wonderful thing to see, which made me feel glad to be part of it
Contiki launches a new range of 18 themed worldwide mini adventures
From a foodie weekend in a French château to a wildlife photography safari in Botswana, the new Detour range promises local immersive experiences for 18-35s
UK government secures additional 40 million doses of Valneva vaccine
Deal takes total number of Valneva vaccines to 100 million, to be manufactured in the UK in Scotland
The View from the Shard partners with Ticketplan
Ticket insurance and protection innovators TicketPlan have announced a new partnership with iconic London attraction; The View from The Shard
UK applies to join huge Pacific free trade area CPTPP
The UK is formally applying to join one of the world’s largest free-trade areas, deepening trade ties with some of the fastest-growing markets in the world
Tougher border controls to protect public health
The government has announced further action for outbound and inbound passengers to minimise travel across international borders and reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission.
Supreme Court judgment in FCA’s business interruption insurance test case
The Supreme Court has today delivered its judgment in the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA)’s business interruption insurance test case
All UK travel corridors temporarily suspended to protect against new international variants
Emergency border measures introduced to prevent the spread of new variants of coronavirus into the UK