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
Past COVID-19 infection provides some immunity but people may still carry and transmit virus
Study finds past coronavirus (COVID-19) infection provides some immunity for at least 5 months, but people may still carry and transmit the virus
Travel from South American destinations, Portugal, Panama and Cape Verde banned to prevent spread of new variant
New travel restrictions from 4am Friday 15 January on passengers arriving in the UK from South American destinations, Portugal, Panama and Cape Verde.
Hospitality & tourism sector calls for further extension of reduced rate VAT
A survey of more than a thousand hospitality and tourism businesses by the Cut Tourism VAT (CTV) Campaign, UKHospitality, the Tourism Alliance and the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions demonstrates the importance of the decision by Chancellor Rishi Sunak to apply a reduced rate of VAT at 5% in protecting employment and the survival of those businesses
WTTC releases Mental Health Guidelines to aid the recovery of Travel & Tourism
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has launched its new mental health guidelines for the Travel & Tourism sector, which have been compiled to support businesses of all sizes to support the mental health of their employees.
Learn Away launches Online Language Exchanges
One of the core missions at Learn Away has always been to support language learning outside of the classroom
International travel update
From 4am on 15 January 2021, pre-departure testing will be required for all inbound passengers to England
Spotlight on: Maria McDonnell, Liverpool School of English
As we head towards COVID recovery I think the opportunities are that people still want to travel and learn English and that people now more than ever value experiences, new skills and making memories which is what we are all about!
UK launches Global Health Insurance Card
New agreement ensures the rights of UK residents to access emergency and medically necessary care when travelling in the EU will continue
Mandatory COVID-19 testing introduced to bolster border measures
International arrivals required to prove negative COVID-19 test result before departure for England.
Bayswater Education acquires Eurocentres
Bayswater Education today announces the acquisition of Eurocentres, a leading and historic language travel brand established in 1948.
Asymptomatic testing to be rolled out across the country starting this week
Community testing offer to be expanded across all local authorities in England to test people without symptoms
GSH LIVE – Online Courses for Groups
ABC Cambridge, have decided that it’s time to offer something new for when these situations occur… meet GSH LIVE.
Construction work to begin on new Science and Engineering buildings in January
Construction will begin on the new home for Manchester Metropolitan University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering and the refurbishment of its existing John Dalton complex in January 2021.
Scotland in lockdown
Mainland Scotland has gone into lockdown with a new legal requirement forbidding anyone from leaving their home except for essential purposes.
£4.6 billion in new lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs
Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are to receive a one-off grant worth up to £9,000, the Chancellor has announced
EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement
After intensive negotiations, the European Commission has reached an agreement with the United Kingdom on the terms of its future cooperation with the European Union.
New Turing scheme to support thousands of students to study and work abroad
Thousands of students will be able to study and do work placements across the world through a brand new scheme that replaces the UK’s participation in Erasmus+.
Second COVID-19 vaccine authorised by medicines regulator
Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine meets regulator’s strict standards of safety, efficacy and quality.
£104 million tourism and hospitality lifeline for Scotland
Tourism and hospitality businesses across Scotland are to benefit from a £104.3 million package of support in the New Year.
Government publishes list of approved COVID-19 test providers
The list of private providers of COVID-19 testing will help employers and individuals set up their own COVID-19 testing programmes.
Chancellor extends furlough and loan schemes
The furlough scheme has been extended until the end of April 2021 with the government continuing to contribute 80% towards wages – giving businesses and employees across the UK certainty into the New Year, the Chancellor announced.
VisitBritain inbound tourism forecast for 2021 predicts first signs of slow recovery
VisitBritain’s inbound tourism forecast for 2021 is predicting the first signs of a slow recovery for overseas visits to the UK
UK Chief Medical Officers’ statement on the self-isolation period
A change to the self-isolation period from 14 to 10 days has been announced.
Business evictions ban extended until March
Business owners affected by the pandemic will be protected from eviction until the end of March 2021, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announced
All students offered testing on return to university
Students offered testing for Covid after Christmas as universities asked to stagger returns
Stay Campus London offers new ways for students to save on English courses
To enable more students to continue their academic dreams of a UK higher education, Stay Campus London is offering 20% off tuition fees to all students who book a University Foundation Programme before 31 December 2020.
Spotlight on: Rebecca Hunt, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – the Making of Harry Potter
Online and virtual experiences are here to stay and it’s how we use these as a supplementary offering for schools and not a substitute for a physical experience
Spotlight on: James Charnock, Manchester Metropolitan University
I actually think my career highlight has been during COVID-19! We managed to accommodate 250 keyworkers who were training with us in our en-suite halls of residence this summer
YHA and IHG join forces to lead the plea for government to support hostels
The future of youth hostelling lies in the hands of local MPs
Londonist DMC Partners with Edvisor
Londonist DMC is excited to announce they have partnered with the software platform Edvisor – an established booking platform designed specifically for Education Agencies
Liverpool School of English, joins the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee
Anna Goodband, School Principal at Liverpool School of English, joined the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee. Along with other Liverpool based companies they discussed the impact that Covid-19 restrictions and Liverpool being placed into Tier 3 have had on local businesses and the economy.
UK-wide Christmas arrangements agreed
The UK Government and the Devolved Administrations have agreed on joint arrangements for an easing of social restrictions that will allow friends and loved ones to reunite over the Christmas period
Test to Release: England introduces testing strategy for international arrivals
Passengers arriving into England will be able to reduce mandatory self-isolation by at least a week, as the government launches its new strategy for testing international arrivals.
Extra Bank Holiday to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022
Culture Secretary announces plans to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022