Coach Friendly status for Perth
The first Scottish City to be awarded the CPT’s Coach Friendly status is the City of Perth. The status acknowledges the commitment that the City of Perth has made to understanding the requirements of coaches and welcoming their drivers and passengers to the city centre. David Rutherford, CPT Scottish Coach Commission Chair and Director of Earnside Coaches, made the award at the Annual CPT Scotland Conference last week.
David commented, ‘CPT’s coach friendly scheme recognises and highlights the work that cities, towns and local authorities undertake to improve coach access and driver facilities whilst encouraging coach tourism. We are delighted to announce the City of Perth as Scotland’s first coach friendly location. The city clearly appreciates the vital role that coaches and their passengers play in helping to boost the local economy and we look forward to working closely with them in the future.’
Councillor John Kellas, Convener of the Enterprise & Infrastructure Committee of Perth & Kinross Council described the announcement as; ‘fantastic news for the city and surrounding area. Our enviable location at the heart of Scotland’s major road networks and our broad offering of cultural, retail and historical visitor attractions means we have a long history of welcoming coach tours to Perth and Kinross. Achieving Coach Friendly Status shows that we are not only an attractive city for tourists, but that we provide the infrastructure and facilities to make Perth an ideal destination for coach tours and their drivers. Receiving this recognition places us in a very good position to encourage coach tourism into the area for the benefit of all of our local businesses.’