Coach Monthly have reported, 'The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK' (CPT) has awarded north Wales towns Conwy and Betws-y-Coed with Coach Friendly towns, cities and villages status. They now join another North Wales town, Llandudno, which achieved the status in November 2014. Conwy County is the first district in the UK to have three locations each achieve the well recognised standard.
Established in 2003, the statement recognises the work and commitment that towns, cities and villages have made to providing coach operators, along with their drivers and passengers, a warm welcome and easy access to key visitor attractions and facilities in their area.
CPT’s Tourism Executive, Alf Scrimgour, says: “These three tourist locations in north Wales, which are all part of the Conwy Development Board, may all be very different in terms of what they have to offer visitors but they each make every effort to both attract and provide a warm welcome to visiting coach groups.
“I am delighted to see that Llandudno continues to go from strength-to-strength, further improving its offer to coaches and coach parties.
“Despite being much smaller resorts, Conwy and Betws y Coed have shown a real understanding of the requirements of coaches and coach groups by developing suitably located coach parking, pick-up and drop-of points close to key attractions and facilities.
“I have been particularly impressed by the ongoing commitment of the Conwy Development Board in maintaining and improving the overall offer to visiting coach groups.”
Councillor Graham Rees, Chairman of the Conwy Strategic Management Board, adds: “Coach Passenger Travel is a growing and valued market segment to the tourism industry in Conwy County, a vital income source to accommodation and service providers of the county. It provides the county with an environmentally friendly mode of transport for visitors.”
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