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BCTAs: The shortlist is announced!

The eagerly-awaited shortlist for the British Coach Tourism Awards (BCTAs) has been announced.

The panel of expert judges put their heads together last week to judge the very best coach tour operators in the business, along with the most coach-friendly attractions, destinations, hotels and suppliers.

The shortlist is:

Coach Friendly Destination

Coach Friendly Attraction

European Coach Friendly Attraction

Cross-Sea Carrier

River and Inland Cruise Operator

Heritage Railway

Accommodation Provider (independent hotels)

Accommodation Provider (hotel groups)

Tour Wholesaler and Industry Supplier

Dining Experience (NEW)

Theatre Production – reader’s choice award (NEW)

Holiday Programme

The judges: Leon Preston, Steve Whiteway, Jess Chapman, Chris Wales and Antony Amos

Day Excursion Programme

Coach Tourism Innovation of the Year

Coach Tourism Professional of the Year

Coach Tour Driver of the Year

Coach Tour Operator – Small Fleet (1-5 coaches)

Coach Tour Operator – Medium Fleet (6-15 coaches)

Coach Tour Operator – Large Fleet (more than 15 coaches)

This year’s bumper crop of entries were judged to rigorous standards by Group Tourism & Travel Editor Jessamy Chapman, along with the Coach Tourism Association’s Chris Wales, former Epsom Coaches MD Steve Whiteway, UKinbound’s Antony Amos, and Blue Badge Guide Leon Preston.

The BCTAs takes place at the National Motorcycle Museum on 21 March 2018.

It’s the most hotly-anticipated night of the coach tourism calendar, attended by over 400 coach tour operators and suppliers every year, and is renowned for its fantastic entertainment and its unrivalled networking opportunity.

The celebrity presenter for the BCTAs will be announced in the January issue of Group Tourism & Travel.

Congratulations to all the finalists.

To book tickets to the BCTAs, visit