Wells and Tavistock are the latest destinations to be awarded Coach Friendly status by the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT). For the City of Wells, it comes after two years’ work to improve all aspects of group visits in the city in a successful ‘Visit by Coach’ project.
CPT SW Regional Manager John Burch says: “The partnerships in the City of Wells have now won Coach Friendly status for the entire city and demonstrated that the principles can be expanded to really benefit businesses and attractions across an even wider area.
Romsey has been declared Hampshire’s first coach-friendly town. The town has been accredited with the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) Coach Friendly Town Status.
This comes hot on the heels of Romsey’s Visitor Information Centre (VIC) winning the Gold Award for best visitor information centre in southern England and being entered into the national Visit England awards. The VIC caters for 55,000 visitors each year and supports tourism businesses across Test Valley. The coach-friendly accolade is the culmination of several years’ work and is a great achievement for the town.
Leeds Castle is delighted to have been awarded Coach Friendly status by the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT UK).
CPT UK awards this status to attractions and locations across the country that understand the needs of coach companies and their passengers, and offer the best facilities, access and information for coach drivers.
Leeds Castle offers something for groups to discover every day. Open all year, there is a seasonal programme of activities including falconry displays, punting on the moat, themed tours of the Castle and walks with one of the gardeners. There are also new specialist talks for groups to pre-book covering a variety of fascinating topics.
The Historic Dockyard Chatham is proud to announce they have been awarded Coach Friendly status by the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT UK), becoming the only Kent attraction to hold this title. CPT UK awards this status to attractions and locations across the country that understand the needs of coach companies and their passengers, and offer the best facilities, access and information for coach drivers.
The attraction's new visitor facilities include a restaurant that can cater exclusively for group lunches, a new shopping experience, four new immersive galleries, and free coach parking with dedicated drop-off and collection points close to the visitor entrance.
Seaside resorts receive ‘Coach Friendly’ status - 31 March 2016
Bournemouth and Blackpool are the latest towns to receive CPT’s prestigious ‘Coach Friendly’ Towns, Cities & Villages status.
Presented with the title at the British Tourism & Travel Show in Birmingham earlier this month, CPT was delighted to learn that both destinations have recently undertaken a programme of work specifically designed to provide coaches with greater ease of access to their key visitor attractions and facilities, whilst also actively promoting coach tourism across the town. Speaking at BTTS, CPT’s Alf Scrimgour said:
“CPT is delighted to welcome Bournemouth and Blackpool to its Coach Friendly scheme. The status recognises the commitment they have both made to making sure that coach parties receive a very warm welcome when visiting.
“Both towns are well established, famous seaside resorts
that have made great strides in recent years to make sure that their offer to
coaches, drivers and passengers is second to none."
The market town of Nantwich in east Cheshire has been awarded CPT’s ‘Coach Friendly’ status. Nantwich becomes the 22nd holder of this prestigious title - the fifth location in the North West - along with Southport, Chester, Bury and Liverpool.
The status, now in its 12th year, acknowledges the commitment that the town has made to understanding the requirements of coaches and their passengers, whilst also providing first-class facilities and information sources for drivers.
Presenting the award to the Mayor of Nantwich, Councillor Christine Farrall and Peter Saunders of Nantwich Rotary, Alf Scrimgour, CPT’s Coach Tourism Executive said:
“I am delighted to present Nantwich with CPT’s ‘Coach Friendly’ status. The town has shown a coherent and detailed strategy for integrating group tourism - providing clear directional instructions and signs for visiting coaches, adequate capacity for coach parking, set down & pick up points and excellent nearby facilities for both passengers and drivers.”
The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) is delighted to announce that the seaside resort of Llandudno is the latest town to be awarded its prestigious ‘Coach Friendly’ status.
The status acknowledges the commitment that Llandudno has made to understanding the requirements of coaches and their passengers, whilst also providing first class facilities and information sources for drivers.
On receiving the status, presented by CPT Chief Executive, Simon Posner at Euro Bus Expo in Birmingham earlier today, Councillor Graham Rees of Llandudno Town Council said:
“Llandudno is the key tourism destination in Conwy County and we are very pleased to have achieved CPT’s Coach Friendly status. This clearly demonstrates the value to we place on coach tourism and the benefits it brings to Llandudno and Conwy County.”
“The value of the CPT Coach Friendly status has been clearly identified in our 2015-18 Destination Conwy Action Plan. We at Destination Conwy see it as a great honour and are very proud to be the first UK Destination to have three of its resorts achieve this status."