UK Coach Awards 2010 launched

2010 Awards to recognise excellence and good practice In the coach industry

Plans have been confirmed for the coach tourism’s professional awards scheme to take place once again in 2010. One of the bus and coach industry’s favourite annual events, the awards were revived in 2009 after a gap of six years.

Nominations for the awards opened this week and close on 31 January 2010. The short-list will be announced on 17 March during the BOBI exhibition at Olympia, and the awards will be presented at a ceremony in Manchester on 28 April.

The UK Coach Awards scheme is operated and run by a special purpose, not-for-dividend company owned by Transport Events Group – the team that organises the highly successful UK Bus Awards – and Rouncy Media, publishers of Coach & Bus Week and Out & About magazine.

The 2009 awards were presented at a glittering ceremony last March, hosted by BBC Breakfast’s Carol Kirkwood.

Andy Sutcliffe, editor of CBW, said that he was pleased to be helping to launch the awards once more. “Since we bought the magazine in 2005, we have worked tirelessly to promote high quality coach tourism in the UK, and we see the UK Coach Awards as an integral part of that job. We’re keen to encourage “coach friendliness” in our towns and cities around the country, and look forward to getting our readers involved in telling us about who are looking after their customers and visitors really well.”

John Owen, a director of co-organisers TEG and chairman of the UK Bus Awards, said, “For the last 14 years, the UK Bus Awards has been rewarding excellence and good practice in the provision of local bus and express coach services – and in inspiring others to follow the examples we highlight. We’re delighted to be able once again to bring the knowledge and experience we’ve gained in judging, administering and presenting awards to our colleagues in the coach business.

The UK Coach Awards’ objectives are to provide:

•    a forum for positive media coverage of coach tourism and the UK Coach Industry
•    a scheme in which best practice, high quality staff and outstanding standards of customer service in the industry can be encouraged and rewarded
•    a forum in which examples of best practice can be spread amongst other industry and managers and staff
•    incentives to tourist attractions, local authorities and other organisations to make their products as “coach friendly” as possible.
“As we have proved over the years with the UK Bus Awards, the essential ingredients for success are a set of categories and criteria which deal with important aspects of industry management and promotion,” commented director Chris Cheek.

“The nominations then need to be fairly judged by industry experts, whilst the whole scheme has to be professionally administered. That way, people know that the award winners really do deliver excellence and good practice – helping to boost the reputation of the industry and to inspire others to follow suit.”