reaches finals of national coach tourism awards
could soon become the UK's 'Coach Friendly Town Of The Year' after
reaching the finals of a nationwide tourism awards competition.
has this week been announced as one of the six finalists in the
running for the sought-after title of 'coach-friendly town or
city of 2013' alongside Bournemouth, Chesterfield, Liverpool,
Shrewsbury and Skipton.
Coach Tourism Awards is the only national award scheme that focuses
on coach tourism, operators, destinations and attractions.
Ian Jefferies, BIARS Business and Tourism Manager, who compiled
Burnham's bid, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are absolutely
delighted that recognition has been given to our small town against
a lot of major cities."
being seen in this light by Britain's largest coach awards will
mean that many coaches that haven't stopped in our town before
will now come here and bring in welcome revenue."
lot of work has been carried out over the last few months, collating
coach incentives within our town and distributing this package
to drivers and coach companies."
added: "Two other people have put a lot of work in this project
with me, Les Barber and Helen Brodie. We would not have got this
far without their input."
successful awards submission also included supportive letters
from Burnham's Mayor, Cllr Ken Smout, and Burnham's Chamber of
coach-friendly package put together for Burnham includes free
coach parking from Sedgemoor District Council, plus information
for coach visitors from a group of 'meeters and greeters', organised
by Burnham Town Team.
information pack has also been put together for coach firms and
drivers to show the locations of free coach parking and where
drivers can get a free newspaper and meal thanks to the generosity
of businesses in Burnham.
added: "I would think we are one of the few towns or cities
to be short-listed without substantial council financial support,
which only goes to show what a great community we have here."
"Fingers are now crossed that we can now take this award
home, which was won by Liverpool in 2012."
The awards ceremony, where the overall winner will be announced,
will be held at Liverpool Cathedral in May.