Delighted to hear that the City Council, Gloucester Quay and the Civic Trust has teamed up and given the Coach Tourism Council ‘one of the best ever familiarisations’.
Members of the Coach Tourism Council were invited for a ‘showcase’ visit to demonstrate why the City is becoming a top ‘coaching’ destination. The visit helped mark the launch of the City’s ‘Meet and Greet’ scheme that will see free parking provided for coaches along with refreshment vouchers for the drivers. Supported by the Civic Trust their nationally recognised guides will take visitors on tours of Gloucester or help direct them to the top places to visit. The scheme has already had 20 bookings and brings with it another boost to City businesses.
The visit was jointly hosted by the City Council and Gloucester Quays winners of a national award for being the ‘most coach friendly shopping attraction.’ Council Leader, Paul James, commented:
“We have had fantastic feedback from the tour visitors. It was one of their best visits of its kind that they have been on. We provided them with food made from local produce, took them on visits to our local attractions and gave them lots of information about everything that Gloucester has to offer. In particular we wanted to let them know about how much we value the coach industry and how we intend to look after them. Now we are optimistic that even more coach operators will be organising tours to the city and that just has to be good for business.”
Paul Ovington, from the Coach Tourism Council, said: “ Tour Operators where mightily impressed by the welcome. Overall, members fed back that is was one of the best familiarisation visits they had attended – which is high praise indeed.”
Richard Rawlings, Centre Manager at Gloucester Quays says: “We are delighted we were able to showcase our Victorian Christmas Market this year to a record number of coach trips. In the week of the Victorian Christmas Market we welcomed 170 coaches, the largest number of coaches the centre has had in a single week since opening in 2009. The huge success of the market is better than we could have anticipated, with visitor numbers up 20% on last year at over 150,000. With the new restaurants and stores as well as the new Cineworld Cinema opening this month, we are feeling very positive about the festive period and 2014.”