CTA Bulletin November 2017

The CTA Board are pleased to announce that there will be no increase of members subscription rates in 2018. Denise Bridges, Chair of CTA, said that the tourism market is still challenging so we like to think that even a small gesture like freezing members subs helps to face the challenges.
If you have not done so already please book your place at the Christmas event at the Cheshunt Marriott Hotel on Sunday 26th November.

“Guaranteed a great time” says Chief Executive Chris Wales!

To register to attend the social please fill out this form.

Please make a note in your diary to reserve the 25/26/27 February 2018 for the CTA Annual Conference. It will be held at the Redefine BDL Imperial Hotel in Blackpool and will be given a facelift! We promise a fascinating line-up of speakers, fun-packed social events and full Suppliers Workshop.

Full details will follow but to encourage more coach tour operators to attend the Board will be offering a very attractive not-to-be-missed two-day rate.

For the first time the CTA AGM will follow the Conference on the Tuesday so the Board hope that as many members as possible will attend.

We welcome Sue and Steve Rooney to run our Membership Support Services. The new CTA contact details are:

Tel: 01694 781283


Coach Tourism Association,
Unit 4 Marshbrook Business Park,
Church Stretton,
SY6 6QE.

Sue and Steve said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to take over CTA Membership Services and we look forward to meeting members at the upcoming Christmas Social and the Annual Conference in February. Please feel free to contact us by phone or email.”

(Photo: Denise Bridges, Sue Rooney and Chris Wales)

Sue is now compiling this so if you have any contribution or suggestions you would like to make please contact her. Still some advertising pages available.
CTA member Jason Edwards, Managing Director of Edwards Coaches Ltd, has been named High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan for 2020 at the Ceremony of the Nomination of High Sheriffs which took place on Monday 13th November 2017 in the Lord Chief Justice’s Court at the Royal Courts of Justice, London.

Jason says: “I am extremely humbled and honoured to be thought of in such high circles. Over the years I have had to work extremely hard to get where I am today, but I’ve always been very grateful for the support around me. I really am a local rugby club lad whose feet are firmly on the floor. The nomination is a truly exciting opportunity that I’m respectfully looking forward too and hopefully I can engage with the local communities and make that little bit of difference during my time as High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan.”

This fam trip is kindly being organised by CTA member Nord Tourisme and includes visits to Dunkirk and Cambrai, including the fascinating Cambrai Tank 1917 Museum.

Full details to follow shortly …

CTA member Accor holds its annual workshop including a gala dinner and awards ceremony on Thursday 15 February and a Leisure Workshop on 16th. Members are invited to register for the event. You will need to register as a client and set up a new account with a password.

World Travel Market Photos Roundup

Delphine Bartier, Chargée de mission Nord tourisme; Chris Wales, CTA; and Delphine Jouvenez, Directrice Office du Tourisme de Cambrai.

Ann Wilson, Head of Sales, Historic Royal Palaces; Bernie Patry, Sales Executive, Historic Royal Palaces; Sarah Butt, Sales Executive; and Cate Murdock, Visitor Services Co-ordinator, Hillsborough Castle.

Chris Wales with David Wood, Trade, Industry and Business Manager and Cormac O’Suilleabhain, Tourism Ireland.

The CTA Partners’ Drinks Reception at World Travel Market was well attended and enjoyed as you will see from the attached picture. Our thanks go to CalMac Ferries, Condor Ferries, DFDS, MADE, Towergate Chapman Stevens and VisitScotland for sponsoring the event.