Four wins for Edwards at the National Coach Tourism Awards 2015

Edwards Coaches has beaten off competition from coach tour operators across the UK to win 4 major tourism awards at the National Coach Tourism Awards 2015. Held in the magnificent surroundings of the Tree Tops Pavilion, West Midland Safari Park near Bewdley, the stage was set for an evening where only the very best coach tour operators would be recognised ., and Edwards Coaches was ready.
Labelled the ‘Oscar” of the Travel Industry’ with the ‘best in the business’ on show, these awards are extremely sort after. Edwards Coaches, already an award winning company, had been nominated in 5 categories, however to win so many in one evening is almost unheard of.
Jason Edwards, Commercial Director, collected the awards in front of 400 tourism professionals.  Commenting of the company’s success he said:
“I am almost speechless, everyone would like to win an award this evening but to walk away with 4 totally exceeded my expectations, I will certainly remember this occasion for a long, long time. I am so pleased that our Hotel has been recognised, particularly after all the hard work that went into the recent refurbishments.  Above all I am exceptionally proud of my staff, especially Alan Clough who has won the highest accolade bestowed by the industry, and Glyn Bowden.., now undoubtedly the best UK coach tourism driver.
This last year has seen extraordinary organisational growth and I would like to thank the whole workforce for their dedication, attention to detail and commitment, without which we would not have won the Coach Tour Operator Large Fleet award.., well done everyone.”
Competing against the best companies in the UK coach tourism industry Edwards stole the show by winning an unprecedented four awards in the following categories:

• Accommodation Provider – Individual Hotels Winner: Portbyhan Hotel, owned by Edwards Coaches
Recognising an individual hotel that has demonstrated a commitment to quality and innovation as well as welcoming coaches, coach groups and coach drivers.
• Coach Tourism Professional of the Year Winner: Alan Clough, Tours and Contracts Manager, Edwards Coaches
Recognising an individual hotel that has demonstrated a commitment to quality and innovation as well as welcoming coaches, coach groups and coach drivers.
• Coach Driver of the Year Winner: Glyn Bowden, Edwards Coaches
Recognising a coach driver or team of drivers who are primarily employed on coach tour duties.
• Coach Tour Operator Large Fleet Winner: Edwards Coaches
Recognising a coach tour operator with more than 15 coaches that has demonstrated a commitment to quality, innovation and training, and has an excellent industry reputation.

First award of the evening went to The Portbyhan Hotel, which was recognised for its outstanding commitment to welcoming coach groups and coach drivers.  Recently refurbished with a new reception area, bar, roof garden sun terrace and hotel frontage.It was inevitable that this ‘Cornish hidden gem’, would stand out amongst the competition.
It was a fitting occasion for Alan Clough, winner of Coach Tourism Professional of the Year, who was nominated for his exceptional service and commitment to coach tourism which spans over 30 years for Edwards.  Alan, who will be retiring this year, has had what can only be described as an outstanding career, and will be missed dearly by all at Edwards and the coach industry.
And there was more.., Glyn Bowden won ‘Coach Driver of the Year’ for his excellent service and outstanding dedication to customers.  With so much competition this can only be considered as an accolade of the highest order.., well done Glyn.
For most organisations the above award ‘hat-trick’ would have been more than enough, but not Edwards. There was one more to follow which has now placed the organisation head and shoulders above the rest. Coach Tour Operator Large Fleet demonstrates to the industry Edwards unequivocal devotion to quality, innovation and training.
What more could anyone ask in what is Edwards 90th Anniversary year in the travel .., let the good times roll.

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