CTA Bulletin April 2017

To keep pace with ever changing IT developments, the CTA continues to invest in its two websites. For 2017 the consumer website www.findacoachholiday.com, exclusively for CTA operator members, has been rebuilt and redesigned and is now live.

The major new feature of the site is a simple post code search facility which makes it easier for visitors to find their local coach tour operator with a link straight to their website, as well as or the operator’s booking telephone number.

With many visitors looking for ideas of where to go on a coach tour, a new feature has been added with links to popular coach touring destinations, regions and countries.

Several touring features written by travel journalists who have travelled on CTA press trips highlight the benefits of coach travel and there are also stories about 2017 festivals and anniversaries as well as a feature on London theatre. An FAQs section also explains the do’s and don’ts of booking a coach tour.

After consideration by the CTA Board, it has been decided to drop the Late Availability offers section. While a handful of operators used this facility not enough did, which made it difficult to keep the section up to date. However if an operator wants to direct visitors to their own late availability site, they can include this landing page as their link from FACH.

Please check your entry and if you wish to update your details please visit this link.

If you have any comments regards the website and functionality, please direct your emails to andy@coachtourismassociation.co.uk

If you have yet to do so, please book now to attend the CTA AGM event being held at Jurys Inn Oxford on 21 and 22 May.

It will now include a fam trip element on Sunday 21 May in the form of a guided walking tour of the City centre, including some of the famous colleges and film locations for popular TV shows, as well as a visit to Continuum Attractions Oxford Castle.

On Sunday evening there will be an informal networking event starting with pre dinner drinks followed by dinner and overnight at Jurys Inn (FOC for operators).

The AGM itself on the morning of Monday 22 May will review the work of the CTA and also provides an opportunity for members to raise matters with the Board. At the conclusion of the official business there will be time to meet up informally with suppliers.

To register to attend the event please complete this on line booking form.

To remind you that the CTA’s exclusive first ever nationwide Coach Tourism Survey, based on the views of more than 25,000 people, is now available for paid-up members to download. Those who would like to see a copy should contact admin@coachtourismassociation.co.uk

As previously reported the survey provides in-depth research into the coach market and the views of not just people who currently go on coach tours with CTA members, but also those of nearly 6,000 people who do not. It is therefore a must read document.

The 2017 CTA Summer BBQ will be held at the Best Western Burn Hall Hotel near York on Sunday 30 July. We can also confirm that the 2017 CTA Christmas social will be on Sunday 26 November at the 4 star Marriott Cheshunt in Hertfordshire.
Jamesway Travel has 35 standing tickets for the Take That concert at the Birmingham Genting Arena at 7.30 pm on Friday 5 May. Purchased at £70 per ticket they are open to near offers. The company also has SIX tickets for their concert at Manchester Arena on Saturday 20 May (£71.50 each ono – SEATED Block 202). Contact Jamesway on 01788 575521 or email admin@jameswaytravel.co.uk.