wins title of 'UK's most coach friendly destination'
has won the title of the UK's 'Coach Friendly Destination of the
Year' at last night's National Coach Tourism Awards.
lifted the title after being shortlisted for a fourth consecutive
year for the top award.
Project Coach has beaten Ashton-under-Lyne, Beverley, Bournemouth,
Derry, Devizes, Liverpool and Perth City to claim the national
Coach organisers Ian Jefferies and Les Barber, pictured, received
the award on Wednesday evening (16th March) at a ceremony at the
NEC in Birmingham.
to some of the big budgets and much bigger towns, this recognition
is fantastic for the work we carry out in encouraging more coaches
into Burnham-on-Sea," said Ian Jefferies from Burnham's Project
the fear of the impact that B&M will have on High Street shops,
it is our intention to work to encourage the masses that come
to Burnham on a coach to use our wonderful independent shops."
recognition will once again help in our aim of gaining more coaches
into our town and shows the good work carried out by the team,
councils and businesses."
town councillor Louise Parkin, who has been a strong supporter
of the coach tourism initiative, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Ian
and Les have worked so hard over the last few years to encourage
coaches into our town to boost trade and help the town's economy."
an annual number of 172 coaches a year, they increased this to
1,112 coaches per year and hope to do even better still. Although
originally funded by the Town Council this phenomenal duo have
future plans with funding coming only from those businesses that
benefit and taking the project throughout Somerset and Sedgemoor."
added: "This award is recognition of the hard work put in
by both but also for their team of volunteer 'meeters and greeters'
and also the businesses who were persuaded to join up with Project
cannot praise this team enough as the contribution they have made
to the vitality of the area is staggering, for which I am deeply
grateful. Well done guys you deserve all the plaudits and more."
and Les also made it into the final seven for the category of
'Coach Tourism Professionals of the Year' at last night's awards.