CPT News Release: Eden District Council wins coach industry award

Published: 23-02-2006

Eden District Council has won the prestigious ‘Coach Friendly Local Authority’ award for 2006, presented by the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT).  

The award was presented at the British Travel Trade Fair by Brigid Simmonds, Chair of the Tourism Alliance, the cross industry stakeholder group.

The award recognises the contribution a destination makes to make coach- borne tourists feel welcome, and the criteria includes good facilities for coaches and their passengers, clear and concise information for drivers and group organisers, and coach friendly parking and traffic management policies. 

Nominations for the award are made through the CPT regional structure and then voted on by operators, drivers and their customers. 

Although not strictly one ‘town’, the judges felt this year that the efforts of all the destinations included in the award, Penrith, Kirkby Stephen and Appleby, had made a collective effort to encourage coaches despite each destination not being a ‘large’ or high profile destination. 

Councillor Malcolm Smith, Chairman of Eden District Council’s Community and Economy Committee said, “I am delighted to collect his award on behalf of Eden District. Town Councils, local partnerships and visitor attractions in Appleby, Kirkby Stephen and Penrith have gone that extra mile to really offer an attractive service to coach operators and their customers, highlighting the ingenuity of Eden's tourism industry in being able to cater successfully for different market sectors. 

John Featherstone, Chairman of CPT’s National Coach Parking Committee, said that the importance of the Award could not be overestimated,“This award is about recognising the efforts local authorities are prepared to make to encourage coach tourism.  

"This market is worth a total of £2 billion per annum, and yet many destinations still see coach tourism as a second class product. CPT members were keen to ensure those that made a significant contribution to the success of the product were suitably recognised.” 

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