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2018 Updates

Winchester Literary Workshop

March saw the first of our Literary Workshops in Winchester and the working group was hosted at the magnificent Winchester Cathedral where literary experts, tourism bodies and local properties and attractions all came together for the day to discuss ways in which everyone can work together to develop new and exciting products with a Jane Austen theme.

After many months of hard work, The Discover England Fund Project "Creating England's Literary Greats" is finally coming to life,

Many thanks to Gary Grieve from Capela Training for facilitating the days activities. It was definitely an enjoyable and worthwhile event.

Mar 2018

ITB 2018

ITB Berlin is, the world's largest tourism convention with over 160,000 visitors and is where the world of Travel and Tourism meet up every year to do business, discuss industry issues and network with each other.


Once again The Travel Rep will be in attendance in Berlin as we meet with our European Partners to discuss projects for 2019 and 2020. If you are at ITB and would like to arrange a meeting with one of our team please use the ITB Diary as most of our appointment slots are now booked or look out for us in the cafe area by Hall 15 where we will be recharging the batteries and getting that much needed caffeine boost between meetings .

Mar 2018

Nottingham US Tour Operators Visit

Nottingham US Tour Operators Visit

This years ExploreGB  in Newcastle coincided with "The Beast from the East" hiting the North-East of England and the area suffered at the hands of one of the worst snow-storms of recent years. One of the effects was that all of the post ExploreGB Fam Trips to Scotland were cancelled and the "Creating England's Literary Greats Project had the opportunity to play host to 26 US Tour Operators from both the East Coast and West Coast of USA.

The spent the afternoon and evening in Nottingham, initially visiting Newstead Abbey where they had a guided tour of the hall from Lord Bryon himself, followed by a walk through the city centre of Nottingham under the watchful eye of Robin Hood and finishing at Nottingham Castle where they were able to experience a night-time walk down through Mortimer's Hole finishing with a sumptious meal at the renown World Service restaurant before they boarded their coach onwards  to Stratford-upon-Avon where they were to spend the next day and experience a second stop along one of England's Literary Tours.

Mar 2018

Explore GB 2018

ExploreGB is VisitBritain’s flagship event providing Great British & Irish tourism suppliers and destinations with an invaluable opportunity to meet and do business with up to 300 hosted international travel buyers from 35+ countries and consists of a two-day workshop filled with pre-scheduled, one-to-one appointments.

The Travel Rep will be in attendance at this years event at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on behalf of the Discover England Fund Project, Creating England's Liteary Greats.

Mar 2018

Sherwood Forest Update

Sherwood Forest Update

Due to open later this year, the new visitor centre will provide more space to host events and engage visitors of all ages in the story of Sherwood and its legends, as well as being a new home to the shop and café. The relocation of the centre will allow the rejuvenation of the current site, which is close to ancient trees of special scientific interest. Its new position will also effectively connect the village of Edwinstowe to the forest too, giving visitors more to do and engaging local businesses in the success of this attraction.


Futurescapes is the RSPB’s contribution to landscape-scale conservation – how we make habitats better, bigger and connect them together. Across Sherwood Forest, we are working with partners to manage, restore, create and reconnect areas of heathland and broad-leaved woodland that were once more extensive and joined, helping to provide a bigger and better home to more wildlife.


After months of meetings, consultations and dedication, the Sherwood Visitor Centre and NNR project is in full swing now with the finish line getting closer. It is hard to believe that in a little over 6 months the new visitor centre doors will be swung open to welcome visitors from all over, international tourists, RSPB members, day trippers and local residents are just some of the audiences the forest attracts. You will see from the pictures taken in the last week in January, the curved building is clear to see now the roof is in place. It is also possible to make out the amphitheatre area on the right hand side of the building. This will be a great spot in spring and summer to picnic as well as for events. Thank you to our building contractors, Woodhead for sending up a drone to take pictures and sharing them with us.


The next stages in the building will be to make it watertight, and after that the internal work can begin – we’ll be iside sipping tea and eating cake in no time.

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ITT Odyssey Supper

Next month will see the first Odyssey Supper of 2018 taking place in the unique surroundings of the Groucho Club in London’s Soho, with Roger Flynn, Non-Executive Chairman of Love Holidays, as guest speaker.

These small, informal suppers always prove hugely popular with ITT Members and non-members.  Each event begins with welcome drinks followed by a relaxed three-course dinner on round tables of ten for the select number of attendees and then the guest speaker takes centre stage towards the end of the evening.

Jan 2018

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