Woburn Abbey and Gardens has won a major tourism award at the National Coach Tourism Awards 2014.
The awards, held last week in Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom, and organised by trade magazine Coach Monthly, recognise excellence and innovation across coach tour operators, tourist destinations and attractions, and industry suppliers. Woburn Abbey and Gardens won the award for Coach Friendly Visitor Attraction of the Year. This recognises a visitor attraction that demonstrates a commitment to welcoming coaches, coach groups, and coach drivers.
In giving Woburn Abbey and Gardens the award, the judges said "Woburn’s comprehensive approach to providing an excellent service to tour planners, the appointment of a dedicated groups co-ordinator, free coach parking, and a clear and easy-to-use groups section on the website stood out in a sector where competition to attract groups is strong." The judges also commented on Woburn’s offer to arrange out-of-hours experiences, and the free entry and generous £10 refreshment voucher for drivers.
Lisa Weaver, Groups Co-ordinator, and Stephen Manion, Operations Manager, collected the award in front of more than 400 tourism industry professionals. The awards presentation was hosted by the editor of Coach Monthly magazine, Stuart Render, and ex EastEnders actress and television presenter Brooke Kinsella MBE. The evening’s entertainment was provided by West End actress and singer, Jodie Prenger.
“The National Coach Tourism Awards is the only national awards scheme to focus specifically on the coach tourism community, ” says Stuart Render. “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.”
Commenting on the success, Stephen Manion said: " It has been an incredible month for the Woburn Estate with this award adding to wins for The Woburn Hotel at the MK Food and Leisure Awards recently. It is a credit to everyone who works here and the hard work that everyone puts in."
To find out more about bringing a group to Woburn take a look at our dedicated section of the website.
With Lisa and Stephen in the photo above are, left to right, Stuart Render, awards co-host and editor of awards host magazine Coach Monthly; Adam Handy, MD of door2tour.com, the awards sponsor; and Brooke Kinsella, ex EastEnders actress, guest presenter on ITV's This Morning, and awards co-host.