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Coach Friendly Destination

2017

Southport

Shortlist:
  • Beverley
  • Bournemouth
  • Plymouth
  • Poole
  • Southport
  • Wells
Further Information

This award is open for entries from villages, towns, cities, regions (geographic or tourist), islands and countries that can demonstrate not only a commitment to welcoming coaches, coach groups and coach drivers, but also what they’ve done to enhance that welcome over the last year. In addition to on-the-ground delivery, judges will be interested in examples of website development and partnership working.

Coach Friendly Visitor Attraction

2017

West Midland Safari Park

Shortlist:
  • Blenheim Palace
  • Bodleian Libraries
  • Chester Zoo
  • Ripley’s London
  • The World of James Herriot
  • West Midland Safari Park
  • Woburn Abbey and Gardens
Further Information

This award is open for entries from UK visitor attractions, shopping centres, dedicated out-of-town shopping retailers, garden centres and other attractions that demonstrate not only their commitment to welcoming coaches, coach groups and coach drivers, but also how that welcome has been developed/enhanced over the last year.

Coach Tour Driver of the Year

2017

Driver Team

Crusader Holidays

Shortlist:
  • Driver team at Crusader Holidays
  • Ian George, Shearings Holidays
  • Paul Hodgkinson, Moffat & Williamson/Glenton
  • Scotty Law, Blacks of Brechin
  • Shôn Rees, Midway Motors
  • Trevor Robson, Scarlet Band
Further Information

This is the second ‘people’ award that requires nomination. Nominations are invited for coach tour drivers, or team of drivers, primarily employed on coach tour duties during the last year. The judges will be looking for third party testimonials (from passengers, employers, clients) that evidence a commitment to delivering excellent customer service.

Coach Tour Operator – Large Fleet (15 + Coaches)

2017

Edwards Coach Holidays

Shortlist:
  • Edwards Coach Holidays
  • Johnsons Coach Travel
  • Lucketts Travel
  • Roselyn Coaches
  • Shearings Holidays
Further Information

The judges will not only be looking for a coach tour operator with more than 15 tour coaches that demonstrates a commitment to quality, innovation and training, and has an excellent industry reputation, but also examples of how it has developed/enhanced its product over the last year.

Coach Tour Operator – Medium Fleet (6 - 15 Coaches)

2017

Highland Explorer Tours

Shortlist:
  • Bayliss Executive Travel
  • Crusader Holidays
  • Eastons Coaches
  • Highland Explorer Tours
  • Roberts Travel Group
  • Whittles Coaches
Further Information

The judges will not only be looking for a coach tour operator with between six and 15 tour coaches that demonstrates a commitment to quality, innovation and training, and has an excellent industry reputation, but also examples of how it has developed/enhanced its product over the last year.

Coach Tour Operator – Small Fleet (1 - 5 Coaches)

2017

Tally Ho! Holidays

Shortlist:
  • Houghs of Lincolnshire
  • IOW Tours
  • Kardan Travel
  • Tally Ho! Holidays
Further Information

The judges will be looking for a coach tour operator with between one and five tour coaches that demonstrates a commitment to quality, innovation and training, and has an excellent industry reputation. The judges will also be looking for examples of how an operator has developed/enhanced its product over the last year.

Coach Tourism Innovation of the Year

2017

Galloway Coach Travel – School of Rock coach

Shortlist:
  • Advantage Now – accommodation service
  • Epsom Coaches – ‘Swiftbreaks’
  • Groups Direct – Ambassador scheme
  • Galloway Coach Travel – School of Rock coach
  • Leisuretime – ‘Supporting Wales at Euro 2016’
  • Visit By Coach – one-stop passenger incentives
Further Information

This award recognises innovation from any part of the coach tourism industry. The judges will be looking for innovation introduced in 2017 and that has a direct link, and benefit, to coach tourism. This could be a product or service, a back-office or front-of-house process, a marketing or PR initiative.

Coach Tourism Professional of the Year

2017

Lisa Weaver

Woburn Abbey

Shortlist:
  • Helen Ward, Group Specialist, Groups Direct
  • Jim McAleese, Good Companions Host, Glenton Holidays
  • Kevin Miller & Claire MacDonald, Business Partners, Eclipse Breaks
  • Lisa Weaver, Groups Co-ordinator, Woburn Abbey
  • Martin Slater, National Sales Manager, Greatdays
  • Martyn Stagg, National Coach Sales Manager, Warner Leisure Hotels
  • Oli Williams, Dance Holidays and Events Co-ordinator, IOW Tours
Further Information

This is the first of the two ‘people’ awards that require a nomination. Nominations are invited for individuals, couples or teams (working in any role in the coach tourism industry) who have demonstrated exceptional service and commitment to coach tourism over the last year. The judges will need clear evidence of the reasons for the nominations, and are likely to base their decisions on the quality of third-party testimonials (from employers, customers and colleagues).

Day Excursion Programme

2017

Eastons Coaches

Shortlist:
  • Eastons Coaches
  • Epsom Coaches
  • Gardiners NMC Ltd
  • Walton’s Coach Hire Ltd
  • Whittles Coaches
Further Information

This award is open to entry from any UK-based tour operator that operates a programme of day excursions by coach. The judges will be looking for a current programme that demonstrates innovation and creativity. With the quality and content of programmes universally high, the judges will be looking for that ‘special something’ that makes it stand out.

European Coach Friendly Attraction

2017

Titanic Belfast

Shortlist:
  • Efteling Park, the Netherlands
  • Keukenhof, the Netherlands
  • La Cite Du Vin, Bordeaux
  • Parc Astérix, France
  • Titanic Belfast, Northern Ireland
Further Information

This award is open for entries from coach friendly visitor attractions in Europe. This includes visitor attractions, shopping centres, dedicated out-of-town shopping retailers, garden centres and other attractions that can demonstrate not only their commitment to welcoming coaches, coach groups and coach drivers from the UK, but also how that welcome has been developed/enhanced over the last year.

Heritage Railway

2017

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

Shortlist:
  • Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway
  • Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
  • Vale of Rheidol Railway
Further Information

This award is open for entries from operators of heritage railways (standard and narrow gauge). The judges will be looking for railway operators that can demonstrate a clear welcome and commitment to coaches, coach groups, and coach drivers, together with evidence of how that product has been developed/enhanced over the last year.

Holiday Programme

2017

Glenton Holidays

Shortlist:
  • Crusader Holidays
  • Epsom Coaches
  • Glenton Holidays
  • Harry Shaw
  • Johnsons Coach Travel
  • Shearings Holidays
Further Information

This award is open to entry from any UK-based tour operator that operates a programme of coach holidays. Judges will be looking for a current programme that demonstrates innovation and creativity, in a brochure that is easy to navigate with clear price points and an easy-to-understand summary of what the tour and price includes. With so many brochures now meeting this criteria, the judges will be looking for something that makes the winning programme stand out from the crowd.

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