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Guild members scoop Dutch awards

Four Guild members won recognition in the 2017 Holland Press Awards organised by the Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions. Here they all are, pictured with their awards and members of staff from Holland.com: Carol Wright won the Outstanding Article of the Year Award for a ten-page feature on Amsterdam in the Golden Age, published…

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2017 – a Year of Uncertainty

What will 2017 bring for British travellers, tour operators and airlines? Roger Bray – views expressed are his own and not those of the BGTW – sets out some of the key issues. Rarely have the travel industry and its customers faced the New Year amid such uncertainty. The vacuous mantra that Brexit means Brexit…

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Riding the tidal bore

BGTW stalwart Gillian Thornton recounts a close encounter with a bore that’s anything but………. Snatches of Tony Bennett wafted through my brain as I dropped my trusty trainers over the balcony into the random heap below. Tony left his heart in San Francisco; I was leaving my shoes in Nova Scotia. It was a strangely…

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Only in Edinburgh

BGTW member Duncan JD Smith’s new book Only in Edinburgh is published in November 2016. Designed for city explorers, this groundbreaking guide promises to take readers quickly off the beaten track – and under the city’s skin. This is the Edinburgh of secret gardens and haunted theatres, mysterious monuments and unexpected underworlds, industrial relics and…

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Smart moves – phone v SLR

Do you really need to carry an SLR camera to capture stunning travel images? Or will a state of the art smartphone cut it? Stuart Forster decided to find out: On a recent trip to Central America I decided to put aside my scepticism about mobile photography and capture scenes from around Costa Rica and El…

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Bush fire – image shortlisted for award

Isabel Conway’s image of Maasai warriors making fire in Amboseli National Reserve Kenya has been shortlisted for the inaugural Travel Media Ireland travel photo of the year. Three other photographs were also shortlisted and the winner will be announced at the annual Travel Media awards in Dublin on May 20. She writes:  “No wonder Amboseli…

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Comeback for the lynx?

Will wild lynx make a comeback in British forests? Peter Lynch went to Germany to see how they have been reintroduced there. Britain is in its umpteenth year of debating whether to bring back the extinct lynx back to some remote, forested areas of the UK. These magnificent creatures were wiped out in Britain hundreds…

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Heavy horsepower in Herts

Traditional horsepower is alive and well at Wimpole Home Farm. Gillian Thornton takes the reins for a day. ‘Now who’d like to be first with the hoofpick?’ Head Horseperson Emma looks at her four cadets for volunteers. We all hold back, not wanting to seem too eager, then everyone speaks at once. But there’s no rush. With two magnificent…

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Brexit and travel – the Guild debates

It might not have caused quite the same shock as the unexpectedly comfortable Conservative election triumph – but a show of hands at this year’s joint BGTW – ANTOR debate raised an eyebrow or two. About a quarter of those gathered to pick over the impact on travel of staying in or leaving the EU indicated…

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Into the wild – a century of America’s national parks

ROLY SMITH’s new book celebrates the centenary of the US National Park Service, and is a personal journey around over 20 of them, illustrated by top American wilderness photographer David Muench Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity;…

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Of Peppers, Pelota and Pottoks

Murray Stewart, whose new guide to The Basque Country and Navarre*, published by Bradt, will be available in book shops from April 12, describes a corner of France that remains defiantly distinctive: Soule, Labourd and Basse-Navarre. Names that have long faded from the map of France, names that barely register in the consciousness of French tourists to the…

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Stuart Forster named Journalist of the Year at the 2016 Holland Press Awards

Stuart Forster was named Journalist of the Year at the Holland Press Awards, whose 2016 awards ceremony held on 1 March at the Hoxton Hotel at Holborn, London. Stuart became the first person to retain the prestigious title, which is awarded for a body of work published over the course of a year. His work was shortlisted in…

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Tenerife – a view from the inside

Not long to go until the Guild’s AGM in Tenerife. Andrea Montgomery, who lives there, provides a snapshot from the ground: Close your eyes and think of Tenerife. What do you see? Sun soaked beaches lined with sun loungers and backed by swaying palms; swanky, five-star hotels with azure infinity pools set into manicured gardens;…

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A wicked Christmas quiz

  For those who missed the Guild Christmas party, here’s a re-run of Roger Bray’s wicked quiz. Answers now follow Part One Can you list the following British rivers in order of length (longest first, shortest last)? Great Ouse, Spey, Wye, Trent Place these countries in order of population (largest population to smallest)  Switzerland, Serbia, Austria,…

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Dresden through the lens

Stuart Forster presents images of the German city and explains why he still travels with a backpack full of camera gear: Travel photography is one of my passions in life. I love travelling with a camera, capturing scenes depicting the spirit of the destinations I visit. Though many people now take photographs using their smart…