Following the announcement last week that the Isle of Man has been named ‘Best Coach Destination of the Year’ at the National Coach Tourism Awards, Manx National Heritage would like to congratulate all concerned.
Edmund Southworth, Director of MNH said:
“We were delighted to hear that the partnership working between Isle of Man Tourism, accommodation providers, Isle of Man Steam-Packet Company, heritage railways, the Island’s visitor attractions and ourselves has succeeded in delivering what the coach operators and their customers want from their holiday destination and that this has been acknowledged and endorsed with this award. Working together to extend the season to meet the needs of the groups market and responding to feedback from the coach operators and group organisers about their particular needs in respect of group travel, visits, accommodation has clearly paid off for the Island”.
Most of the groups visiting the Island visit one or more MNH sites during their stay. MNH has helped facilitate new initiatives to bring group travel organisers to the Isle of Man and helped maintain a relationship with them through attendance at travel trade events in the UK. Many of the coach companies now visiting the Island are delivering new business for the Manx Visitor Economy.
The annual National Coach Tourism Awards recognise excellence and innovation across coach tour operators, destinations, attractions, and tourism industry suppliers.
The awards, awarded by leading coach tourism trade magazine Coach Monthly, are the only national awards scheme to specifically focus on the coach tourism industry.
Image left to right: Stuart Render: Editor of Coach Monthly, Lynn McKibbin: Group Bookings Officer for Manx National Heritage, Rachele Quayle: Business Development Executive Isle of Man Department of Economic Development, Andrew Crowe: DFDS Seaways (event partner), Angela Byrne: Head of Tourism, Isle of Man Department of Economic Development and Brooke Kinsella MBE. Image courtesy of National Coach Tourism Awards.