The 10 most popular features of 2015

Date Posted: 24/12/2015

From the bottom to the top, here are the ten most-read features that have appeared on the Group Leisure website this year.

10. Christmas trips to fairy tale castles

Coming in at number ten, this festive-themed article featured on our website on 20th October. We picked out some of the best fairy tale castles really worth travelling for at yuletide, ranging from Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte in France – known for being decorated with over 8,000 decorations – to Bran Castle in Romania. Read more...

9. Inside the mind of a GTO

Group organiser Mike Battman got the year off to a good start with his Inside the mind of a GTO article. Published on 20th January, the feature has plenty of tips and tricks for fellow organisers, encompassing location and accommodation advice, and ideas for finding local facilities. Read more...

8. Group Leisure & Travel Show 2015: preview

We let you in on a few secrets in October about the then up-and-coming Group Leisure & Travel Show. From the free bacon butties to reduced rail travel fares, this feature detailed everything GTOs needed to know about the GLTS 2015. Read more...

7. First look: The Magellan

In March, Group Leisure was invited by Cruise & Maritime Voyages to join a galley-full of special guests for the christening of the Magellan cruise ship. We reviewed the major ship refurbishment and included some quotes from the ship’s assigned godmother, Gloria Hunniford. Read more...

6. Why Wiltshire?

This February feature proved popular with readers, perhaps because of the air of hope for summer the article conjured up. Group Leisure explained what Wiltshire has to offer its visitors in addition to the famous Neolithic sites of Stonehenge and Avebury. Read more...

5. Cross channel travel safety: Should GTOs be worried?

Writing about the travel and tourism industry often means offering words of serious advice to travellers during times of predicament; and that’s exactly what we did in July following the migrant crisis. The article focused on safety through the Eurotunnel and what GTOs should expect when planning to cross the channel during the summer. Read more...

4. Get a 'Royal Welcome’ by taking the Buckingham Palace tour

If there’s anything Brits love more than a good cup of tea, it’s getting some insider knowledge on the royal family. And luckily for our readers, Rob Yandell went to visit the palace in July in order to review what groups would likewise experience should they choose to visit themselves. His personal highlights from the tour included the royal ballroom and the palace kitchens. Read more...

3. Inside the mind of Jon Boydon from Jersey Boys

Our most popular West End star interview from 2015 proved to be Jon Boydon, who plays Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys and has done for the last six years. The interview followed on from the musical winning Best Theatre Production at this year’s Group Leisure Awards. Read more...

2. GTO of the Year 2015: Meet the finalists

In September, after five months of nominations and judging, we finally revealed the four finalists for the Group Travel Organiser of the Year Award 2015. The feature provided a profile on our finalists prior to the awards night. Read more...

1. Cruise ship review: Anthem of the Seas

Our most popular feature of the year was a ship review, posted on 20th April. The review of Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas focused on the ships wall art, places to eat on board, and the fact that this is the first ship to provide its guests with at-sea dodgems. Read more...

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