Success for Chesterfield at national tourism awards

Chesterfield has been voted Coach Friendly Town or City of the Year at the annual Coach Tourism Awards.

The national awards scheme – organised by trade magazine Coach Monthly, and hosted by television presenter and travel and tourism expert, Judith Chalmers – recognises excellence and innovation across the coach tourism industry and includes tourist destinations and attractions.

The award follows Chesterfield also being awarded coach friendly status by the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK in February.

Chesterfield Borough Council provides reserved parking for coaches, town centre guides for visitors as well as proper rest facilities for drivers.

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s executive member for leisure, culture and tourism, received the award in front of more than 450 tourism industry professionals.

She said: “With its rich heritage, Chesterfield has long been a destination for tourists from across the UK and the world.

“This award, and the recent coach friendly status from the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK, consolidates the tremendous work carried out by our staff to provide good facilities for coach parties and make the town clean and attractive for both residents and visitors.”

For more details about coach parties, call into the Visitor Information Centre in Rykneld Square or call 01246 345777.

Stuart Render, editor of Coach Monthly, added: “The Coach Tourism Awards is the only national awards scheme to focus specifically on the coach tourism community.

“Delivering a quality welcome to coaches, their drivers and their groups is becoming more and more important as destinations or attractions look to encourage more visitors and customers.

Chesterfield was up against many of the UK’s leading destinations and visitor attractions so this is therefore a well-deserved and a significant achievement.

“Our winners are at the forefront in delivering excellence across all sectors of the industry, helping to raise the quality of customer service and quality across coach operators, destinations, visitor attractions and tourism industry suppliers.”

For details of all the winners and finalists go to www.coachtourism-awards.com

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Image available on request:

For more information, please contact:

James Taylor

Public Relations Officer

Chesterfield Borough Council

Tel: 01246 345250

e-mail: james.taylor@chesterfield.gov.uk

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