Grumpy Group Organiser

Columns from the one and only... and remember these views are not necessarily those of the publisher!

Happy group of people walking on the beach

A surge in travel demand, tight shorts and partying too hard

2022-05-19T04:01:00+01:00

More people are booking holidays, which is great news, although you may want to avoid some French swimming pools. Plus, groups that like to stick one too many away may be in for a shock.

P&O ferry

Shocking staff changes, no more BBC tours and painfully slow table service

2022-04-07T06:50:00+01:00

Grumpy Group Organiser has his say on the controversial sacking of P&O Ferries employees, the sad reality of Covid cancelling BBC tours and his love-hate relationship with table service apps.

Kangaroo, Australia

Goodbye to Neighbours and tears for Cinderella

2022-03-10T08:00:00+00:00

It’s been another busy month for Grumpy Group Organiser, who shares his thoughts on Aussie TV soap Neighbours getting axed, Putin’s attack on Ukraine and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phone tantrum that had his Cinderella cast in tears.

Barnard Castle, County Durham

Record visitor numbers at Barnard Castle, standing ovations and mobile charges

2022-02-16T14:03:00+00:00

Proof that Dominic Cummings has had a positive impact on tourism, why you shouldn’t always get out of your seat at the theatre, and being able to use your mobile abroad without being stung.

Mousetrap at St Martins theatre, London

The magic of theatre, obscure tea bags and disruptive ‘anti-vaxxers’

2022-01-20T10:55:00+00:00

It’s Grumpy Group Organiser’s first column of 2022 and he’s in a ranty kind of a mood. 

The View from The Shard

Carrying on despite Omicron and some highly astonishing reviews

2021-12-09T11:15:00+00:00

Mind-boggling reviews about The Shard in London, getting into the festive spirit and more from our regular columnist.

Aeroplane in the sky with rainbow

Enjoying the theatre and dreaming of an overseas adventure

2021-11-17T14:02:00+00:00

Our regular columnist shares his thoughts about ongoing travel restrictions and a joyous trip to the theatre – his first visit back since the pandemic began.

Lower Manhattan, New York City

Thinking about New York City and advice about being prepared

2021-09-22T09:50:00+01:00

Our regular columnist reflects on the anniversary of 9/11 and the uncertainty of the proposed Covid passport roll-out.

Sherwood Forest

Flashing in Sherwood, cowboys prosper and a rebellion hurting tourism

2021-09-07T14:15:00+01:00

Protesters in London are harming tourism, argues our regular columnist, who also discusses rip-off Covid tests and how nudists in Sherwood Forest are baring all in the wrong places.

Marble Arch Mound, London

A loss for Liverpool, quirky artefacts and a woeful tourist attraction

2021-08-11T15:06:00+01:00

Our columnist reflects on Liverpool losing its World Heritage status, quirky treasures in the Yorkshire Museum and the Marble Arch Mound.

Lady at airport terminal with mask on

Quarantine-free travel, space tourism and a face mask disaster

2021-07-13T11:46:00+01:00

Our columnist gives his thoughts on quarantine-free travel, face masks and holidays to space. 

Mock Covid 19 vaccine passport app

Greece is for technophobes and a bottle of water that will cure home sickness

2021-05-18T10:17:00+01:00

We hear from Grumpy Group Organiser about what has been catching his eye in the media recently, including bottled rain water and his thoughts on the Covid passport. 

Cruise deck

Good news for staycation cruises plus make sure you’re smartphone savvy

2021-03-22T15:04:00+00:00

Our regular columnist, Grumpy Group Organiser, discusses his hopes for domestic cruises, the introduction of a possible vaccination passport and his love for the theatre.

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Confirmed: it is NOT illegal to book a holiday and have something to look forward to

2021-02-11T12:15:00+00:00

After a range of confusing comments and messages from various government ministers, we knew who we would have to turn to in order to set the record straight. And rant a little, of course - over to Grumpy Group Organiser.

champagne

Vaccines are hopefully the way forward, so here’s to getting together again

2021-01-20T10:32:00+00:00

It’s a new year, but he’s not holding back. Grumpy Group Organiser shares his thoughts on what has been a strange start to 2021. 

Vaccine shot

Vaccines, Brexit negotiations and protecting Stonehenge

2020-12-07T10:44:00+00:00

In the latest instalment from our monthly columnist, Grump Group Organiser shares some views on the Covid-19 vaccine, the future after a Brexit deal and the controversial tunnel at Stonehenge.

Shakespeare's Globe

Understanding the tiered system, Covid sniffer dogs and a hint of positivity

2020-10-27T10:44:00+00:00

Too many tiers and the smell of armpit sweat, Grumpy Group Organiser has their say.

iPhone

Facing up to technology and the mother of all coach trips

2020-10-02T10:34:00+01:00

Grumpy group organiser on his new phone and a huge coach trip which takes in 18 different countries.

Tower of London

Getting back out there and the future of travel

2020-08-20T10:17:00+01:00

Our regular columnist Grumpy Group Organiser speaks about his first trip to London since lockdown, why GLT is different and saving the future of travel.

Aeroplane cabin

Progressing slowly but surely towards future outings

2020-07-08T13:47:00+01:00

Looking ahead to a brighter future in which we can travel and plan outings again, despite major incidents and stupidity.

Face mask & gloves

Face masks and banging the drum for tourism

2020-06-09T14:13:00+01:00

Our monthly columnist addresses how more needs to be done to protect certain attractions and how organisers need to speak up to keep the tourism sector going. 

On a virtual tour

Inventive researching, a positive cruise story and the issue of trust

2020-05-07T07:14:00+01:00

Thoughts on virtual experiences, fake news and getting the balance right on a cruise story. 

People in circle

Keeping positive in uncertain times

2020-04-08T15:41:00+01:00

Grumpy Group Organiser offers his thoughts on mixed social distancing messages, support for the tourism industry and hope for the future. 

Toilet paper

Fear spreads quicker than a virus

2020-03-17T10:43:00+00:00

In a world which is losing its head according to Grumpy Group Organiser, he shares his thoughts on the impacts social media during the Coronavirus outbreak and ridiculous selfies.

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Naturist holidays in 2020 and no entry for children at Pontins

2020-02-19T17:13:00+00:00

GGO is back with another cracking column, covering three stories which might just make your hair curl.

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Positive thinking as we enter a new decade

2020-01-06T10:56:00+00:00

Sound advice, travel risks and museums feature in this column as Grumpy Group Organiser kicks off 2020. 

Washing hands stock

What’s the most important thing about group travel?

2019-12-13T10:24:00+00:00

Grumpy Group Organiser’s in a reflective mood as we say hello to the 20s, looking back on group travel, air flights - and even hygiene standards.

Crying child on a plane

Saving Thomas Cook under the Hays Travel banner

2019-11-01T10:10:00+00:00

Grumpy Group Organiser reflects on a brilliant GLT Show, quieter flights and a company doing things the right way.

Airport stock

A flurry of fake reviews and the UK’s worst airport

2019-10-02T10:28:00+01:00

Moderating a monster and terrible airports are discussed in this column from Grumpy Group Organiser.

Holiday Brochure

The importance of the holiday brochure in the 21st century

2019-09-09T14:23:00+01:00

Why ditching print is bad for business… plus blue passports and a Venice cruise ban, Grumpy Group Organiser has their say.

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