The finalists of the 2016 National Coach Tourism Awards – the only national awards scheme to recognise and celebrate excellence and innovation across the coach tourism sector – have been announced.
This year’s judges had to choose from a record number of high calibre entries, with almost 200 coach tour operators, destinations, visitor attractions, hotels, and tourism industry suppliers competing across 19 specialist categories.
Previous winners, including Liverpool, Woburn Abbey & Gardens, Ashton-under-Lyne Market, The Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare, Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway, Windermere Lake Cruises, Irish Ferries, Albatross Travel, Edwards Coaches, and Epsom Coaches, are among the top names on this year’s shortlists.
Now in their 11th year, the annual awards are organised by Diversified Communications UK, and hosted by leading coach tourism trade magazine Coach Monthly. The 2016 winners will be unveiled at a prestigious award ceremony on Wednesday 16 March 2016 at the Vox, Resorts World, NEC Birmingham; following the first day of the British Tourism & Travel Show.
Tony Henthorn, group director at Diversified UK, says: “There are many tourism awards, but only the National Coach Tourism Awards specifically focuses on coach tourism. In recognising excellence and innovation across the industry, the awards continue to play a vital role in encouraging destinations and visitor attractions to improve the welcome they offer to coaches and groups. As in previous years, the calibre of entries has been incredible – congratulations and good luck to all our shortlisted finalists.”
National Coach Tourism Awards 2016 finalists include:
Coach Friendly Destination of the Year – sponsored by My Day Out
Coach Friendly Visitor Attraction of the Year – sponsored by Planet Hollywood
Coach Friendly Shopping Destination of the Year
Cross-Sea Carrier of the Year – sponsored by Edward Coaches
River and Inland Cruise Operator
Heritage Railway – sponsored by DFDS Seaways
Accommodation Provider of the Year – Hotel Groups
Accommodation Provider of the Year – Individual Hotels
Ticket Supplier of the Year
Tour Wholesaler of the Year – sponsored by P&O Ferries
Holiday Programme of the Year
Day Excursion Programme of the Year – sponsored by Warner Leisure Hotels
Coach Tour Operator Brochure of the Year – sponsored by Towergate Chapman Stevens
Coach Tourism Innovation of the Year – sponsored by Eurotunnel
Coach Tourism Professional of the Year
Coach Tour Driver of the Year – sponsored by Cornmarket Insurance
Coach Tour Operator of the Year: Small Fleets (1 to 5 coaches) – sponsored by Norman Allen Travel
Coach Tour Operator of the Year: Medium Fleets (6 to 15 coaches) – sponsored by Roadchef
Coach Tour Operator of the Year: Large Fleets (more than 15 coaches) – sponsored by Wrightsure Insurance Services
The National Coach Tourism Awards 2016 will take place at The Vox, Resorts World, NEC Birmingham, on 16 March. For further information and to book tickets to attend, please visit www.ncta.co.uk.
To register for a free trade ticket to British Tourism and Travel Show, please visit www.tourismshow.co.uk and enter priority code BTTS200 (alternatively, please use direct link: www.eventdata.co.uk/Visitor/TourismShow.aspx?TrackingCode=BTTS200).
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Diversified Communications UK (Diversified UK) is a fast growing trade event organiser and publisher based in Brighton, Peterborough and Nailsworth. In addition to National Coach Tourism Awards, Diversified UK’s portfolio includes Coach Monthly; British Tourism & Travel Show; Coach & Bus Live; Euro Bus Expo; The Route One Operator Excellence Awards; Accountex; lunch!; Casual Dining; Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards; Commercial Kitchen; Natural & Organic Products Europe; Nordic Organic Food Fair & Natural Products Scandinavia in Malmö, Sweden; Natural and Organic Awards; camexpo; office*; SITS – The Service Desk & IT Support Show; GEO Business; Capturing Reality; Ocean Business; and MARELEC Marine Electromagnetics conference. For more information, visit: www.divcom.co.uk.
Diversified UK is part of Diversified Communications, a leading international media company providing market access, education and information through global, national and regional face–to–face events, digital and print publications and television stations. Diversified serves a number of industries including: seafood, food service, natural and organic, healthcare, commercial marine, and business management. Based in Portland, Maine, USA, Diversified employs over 850 staff, across eight divisions in seven countries. For more information, visit: www.divcom.com.