Coach tourism’s highest accolades – finalists revealed

BCTA Shortlist

The British Coach Tourism Awards are entered and attended by coach tourism’s most passionate people, the sectors finest. The panel of judges have scrutinised another vast crop of entries from the very best coach operators and coach-friendly businesses. The eagerly awaited shortlist has been announced:

Accommodation Provider (hotel groups) 
In partnership with: Bakers Dolphin

  • Best Western Hotels GB
  • Classic Lodges
  • Hallmark Hotels
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Warner Leisure Hotels

Accommodation Provider (independent hotels)
In partnership with: Independent Coach Travel

  • Hallmark Hotel Chester The Queen
  • Hallmark Hotel Preston Leyland
  • Mill Rythe Holiday Village / Away Resorts
  • The Portbyhan Hotel
  • Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton

Coach Friendly Attraction

  • Beamish, The Living Museum of the North
  • The Bishop’s Palace
  • Blenheim Palace
  • Brick Lane Music Hall
  • The British Ironwork Centre
  • Chatsworth
  • Holkham
  • New Lanark Mills
  • RHS Gardens Wisley, Harlow Carr, Hyde
  • Hall and Rosemoor
  • West Midland Safari Park
  • World of James Herriot

Coach Friendly Destination

  • Bournemouth & Poole
  • Burnham-On-Sea
  • Newmarket
  • Southport
  • Wells

Coach Tour Driver of the Year
In partnership with: Roadchef

  • Allan Lonsdale – Alfa Travel
  • Barry Jolly – Woods Travel
  • Chris Nelson – Galloway Coach Travel
  • Ken Cato – Masons Minibus & Coach Hire

Coach Tour Operator – small fleet (1-5 coaches)
In partnership with: Condor Ferries

  • Acklams Coaches
  • Hough’s of Lincolnshire
  • Masons Minibus & Coach Hire

Coach Tour Operator – medium fleet (6-15 coaches)
In partnership with: Warner Leisure Hotels

  • Bluebird Coaches (Weymouth)
  • Crusader Holidays
  • Kirbys Coaches
  • United Minibuses & Coaches
  • Woods Travel

Coach Tour Operator – large fleet (more than 15 coaches)
In partnership with: Wrightsure Insurance Group

  • Bakers Dolphin
  • Edwards Coaches
  • Johnsons Coaches
  • Lucketts Travel
  • Shearings Holidays

Coach Tourism Innovation of the Year
In partnership with: Eurotunnel Le Shuttle

  • All About Tours – The Coach Café
  • Buzzlines Travel – Integrated Tour & Cruise Experience
  • Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton – Dinner Cruise
  • Teignbridge District Council – Coach Tour Survey
  • United Minibuses & Coaches – Online Live Pricing Tool

Coach Tourism Professional of the Year
In partnership with: Continuum Attractions

  • Kate Bastin – Bakers Dolphin
  • Suzanne Evans – Boon’s Calibre Travel
  • Andrew Simpson – Classic Britain Hotels
  • Martin Slater – Greatdays Travel Group
  • Amy Lizzimore – Groups Direct
  • Kristy Elsmere – Woods Travel

Cross-Sea Carrier
In partnership with: Edwards Coach Holidays

  • DFDS
  • Eurotunnel Le Shuttle
  • P & O Ferries

Day Excursion Programme
In partnership with: P&O Ferries

  • Johnsons Coaches
  • Bakers Dolphin
  • Eastons Coaches
  • Gardiners NMC
  • Lucketts Travel
  • Richmond’s Coaches
  • Dining Experience
  • 360 Cookhouse Restaurant
  • The British Ironwork Centre
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Poplars Garden Centre
  • Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton

Heritage Railway
In partnership with: City Cruises

  • Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
  • Swanage Railway
  • Vale of Rheidol Railway

Holiday Programme
In partnership with: Distinctive Systems

  • Bakers Dolphin
  • Crusader Holidays
  • Eastons Coaches
  • Edwards Coaches
  • Galloway Coach Travel
  • Glenton Holidays
  • Grand UK Holidays
  • Johnsons Coaches
  • Reays Coaches

River and Inland Cruise Operator
In partnership
with: DFDS

  • Lovers Canal Cruises
  • Princess River Cruises
  • Stuart Line Cruises
  • Ullswater Steamers
  • Windermere Lake Cruises

Tour Wholesaler and Industry Supplier
In partnership with: Planet Hollywood & The View from the Shard

  • Advantage Now
  • Action Tours
  • Ashley & Newey
  • Encore
  • Greatdays Travel Group
  • ICT Group Travel
  • Norman Allen Group Travel

The British Coach Tourism Recognition Award
In partnership
with: Hilton Worldwide
This award is presented by the judges in recognition of outstanding services to coach tourism. It is the only category not open to nominations and is, instead, decided between the judges based on who in the coach tourism industry deserves special recognition for their work.

The ultimate celebration of coach tourism
The only night of its kind – dedicated to the thriving coach tourism sector – you don’t want to miss it! Have you got your tickets for the most glamorous night in the coach tourism calendar yet?

The Awards return to the stunning art deco surroundings of the National Motorcycle Museum on 20 March 2019, following the first day of the British Tourism & Travel Show. It’s set to be the best edition to date! Uniquely bringing together every corner of the coach tourism community, the Awards are renowned for show-stopping entertainment, excellent three-course dining, unrivalled networking opportunities – and of course, presentation of the highly coveted Awards. What’s more, this year’s star host is none other than Carol Vorderman MBE!

Tickets for the black-tie gala evening are selling fast, so don’t miss your chance to book!
Tickets are £118 + VAT, including a tantalising three-course dinner and fantastic entertainment.

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BCTA Partners