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Welcome to Issue 281 | 12th June 2019

With many of regular readers able to use Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Orlando departing non-stop flights to Manchester (see my top story), please do me a big favour and take a look at the portfolio of inspired tours I’ve put together for you.  They cover a wide range of topics and each one can be customised to suit you client’s interests, time frame and budget.  My second story illustrates how Manchester can also be promoted as the starting point for 3 country tours to England, Wales and Ireland or England, Wales and Scotland.  If you join me in thinking out of the box, you’ll see the huge untapped potential that’s ripe for development.

Another good illustration is the British Ceramics Biennial which must include a visit to the wonderful world of Wedgwood.

As quite a few of you are filing my newsletters for current and future use, I’ve added last week’s article for Travel Research Online and have concluded a testimonial from Beth Bridgeforth who liked what we delivered for 4 of her customers.


Fly Non-Stop to Manchester

As many of you can easily use Virgin Atlantic’s flights from Atlanta, Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York and Orlando (see schedule) start a conversation with anglophile clients about customised tours that include Beatrix Potter, the Brontës, Wedgwood, David Hockney, Hadrian’s Wall, the heritage cities of Chester and York.  Let’s create something that matches their interests, time frame and budget.


Chatsworth, Welsh Castles and the Emerald Isle

Most of your clients won’t have seen this England, Wales and Ireland tour but they’ll instantly recognise some of the key attractions in the itinerary – Chatsworth, Wedgwood, Caernarfon Castle and Dublin.  It works equally well with a start in Dublin before flying home from Manchester or with a 2-day extension to London.  For 2020, combine Bloom in Dublin and the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.


World Capital of Ceramics

The British Ceramics Biennial celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with an expanded programme that includes the China Hall in the original Spode factory site extending to AirSpace gallery, and springs up across the city with special site specific commissions at the Middleport Pottery, the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery and the World of Wedgwood, the champions of Stoke-on-Trent’s ceramic identity.


The Wonderful World of Wedgwood

After a fascinating factory tour, a visit to the Wedgwood Museum and some shopping time, the Wedgwood Tea Room will give you a contemporary and indulgent interpretation of afternoon tea, including a delicious selection of sweet and savoury dishes. You’ll be spoilt for choice with over fifty of their finest teas to choose from, served in the finest Wedgwood china of course.


Air Shows, Antiques and Tea in the Cotswolds

This edition includes an update on the ePassport gates at UK ports and airports (Look here) the world’s greatest air show, Wagner in the Cotswolds, antiquing and London markets (Bermondsey, Portobello Road etc), the equestrian Festival of British Eventing, a tea-based art exhibition to go with a tea room tour and a great idea for a hub and spoke, pre or post cruise extension.


How Did We Do?

I just wanted to thank you for your assistance in planning a wonderful trip to the Cotswolds, Cornwall and London.  My clients could not have been more complimentary, and they had especially high praise for their Cotswolds Driver Guide.  The bottom line is that you did an outstanding job with rave reviews and much appreciation.  Beth Bridgeforth, Bridgeforth Travel, Forrest City, Arkansas.


Paull Tickner, Custom GB
53, Holly Royde Close, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 3HR
Phone: 011 44 161 434 9324

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