CPT brings together revealing UK coach industry statistics

first_imgHowever, in order to capture the growth, Mr Scrimgour advises operators to respond to the rapid uptake in online bookings (currently 20% of all coach bookings, according to a Mintel survey) and the extent to which the over-55s are adopting social media. “When it comes to writing reviews, they are just as active as younger people,” he says. Reliable data to show the size and importance of the UK coach industry has been notoriously difficult to compile.However, the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT)’s Operations & Tourism Executive Alf Scrimgour [pictured] has come to the rescue with a stack of very revealing statistics.Trends in the coach tourism market point to growth at both ends of the quality spectrum as the ‘baby boomer’ population seek up market specialist tours, while the younger generation want short breaks. This upbeat prediction follows careful analysis of the latest available statistics and surveys.Mr Scrimgour presented his findings to the Coaching Conference held by the CPT in the North West at Ribby Hall near Blackpool on Tuesday (14 October).Although the UK coach holiday market fell by 13% between 2008 and 2013 and one survey concluded that trips away by coach held no appeal for two-thirds of the population, Mr Scrimgour has no difficulty in pointing to a bright future for the sector.However he qualifies this prediction by saying that short-term economic difficulties may stall what looks like inevitable growth on the back of an increase among those of “the traditional coach age.”Growth in the over 65 population – those born in the baby boomer years – is among the demographic changes expected to stoke demand. For example, the number of over 75s is set to double.Mr Scrimgour is also encouraged by the surprise revelation that consumer spend on recreation and leisure continued to grow throughout the recession.Meanwhile, according to a joint Mail Group Newspapers/Coach Tourism Council consumer survey, 16% of those who had never taken a coach holiday are prepared to consider it in the future. “That’s equivalent to 1.6m people,” says Mr Scrimgour.Other trends revealed by his analysis include:Escorted tours continue to do wellHop-on, hop-off mini gap-year tours to grow in popularity with youthful passengersStrong demand for themed-based tourslast_img read more

Access plan at Tintagel Castle afoot

first_imgDramatic new footbridge will renew a centuries-old connectionTintagel Castle in Cornwall is closing from October for improvements to access, via an attractive new footbridge. The current access is by steep steps.The footbridge has been designed to recreate the historic route into the English Heritage castle, which will re-open in spring 2019.It will span the gap between the castle’s mainland and island, which was connected by a bridge until at least the 16th century.English Heritage’s Head of Operations in Cornwall, Georgia Butters, says: “Once complete, it will enhance the Tintagel experience for our visitors, by opening up the island to more of those who find the current access via many steep steps too challenging.”Malcolm Bell, Chief Executive of Visit Cornwall, says: “Not only will the new footbridge help make the castle more accessible to visitors, but it will also provide an enticing new experience which is sure to bring many visitors to this spectacular stretch of the north Cornwall coast.”last_img read more

Engineering duo receive joint birthday surprise

first_imgA double birthday celebration was laid on by Stagecoach North East for two engineers from the operator’s Stockton bus depot who celebrated turning 65 in the same week.Derek Lloyd and Ian Noble celebrate their 65th birthdays at the Stockton depotFitter and charge hand Derek Lloyd, from Normanby in Middlesbrough, and Ian Noble, a fitter from Trimdon Village in County Durham, were surprised when they became the star guests at a lunchtime spread in the depot where they celebrated their milestone birthdays with friends and colleagues.  A special treat was a decorated cake featuring a bus in icing.Derek has been a fitter for 41 years and has just taken semi-retirement with a part-time position at the depot.Ian, who has worked at Stagecoach for 20 years, including 13 years in the Darlington depot, says: “It was a memorable day and a lovely way to enjoy my 65th birthday, especially celebrating it with Derek.”last_img read more

Mobility-as-a-Service examined at conference

first_imgMobility-as-a-Service conference to be held in London on 20-21 MarchThe impact of Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) on conventional public transport will be examined at an event to be held at the Inmarsat Conference Centre in London on 20 and 21 March entitled The role of vertical transport providers.Amid growing evidence of traditional transport operators losing out to new mobility providers, particularly in urban areas, a panel session will debate the potential and actual benefits and pitfalls of participating in MaaS platforms.Patrick Warner, Head of Innovation Strategy at Go-Ahead Group subsidiaries Brighton and Hove Buses and Metrobus will assess the likely impact of MaaS on bus services at the conference.Mr Warner will be joined by at the session by representatives of a taxi operator and multimodal transport solution provider Keolis.Other sessions will consider the impact of digitalised transport, including MaaS, on city authorities’ ability to manage and police transport.www.maas-market.comlast_img read more

‘Bringing the coach industry into the modern day’

first_imgIn the age of data driven technology, the coach industry has had a hard time finding its feet with its traditional toolkits and ways of working, and more importantly, may have struggled to identify potential opportunities for coaches.Zeelo is one of the first businesses of its kind to offer a solution for the needs of today’s society, and today’s operators. The company was born from two entrepreneurs, Sam Ryan and Barney Williams, who, after visiting a rugby game at Twickenham, realised that coaches were not being utilised in the right way.Sustainable transportationSustainability for operators is now at the forefront of many minds in the industry, but without great investment in-house, operators are starting to see some businesses fall with no new means of finding customers.Cale Pissara, Head of Marketing at Zeelo says: “Coach operators (generally speaking) still operate on pen and paper.“They might have traditional sales, but they may not have a modern sales team which use all the up-to-date technology. They don’t have apps, booking platforms, or a 24hr customer service team. These are all things that we have that we put on top of their business and make it far better.”Using data and technology, Zeelo has identified the gaps in the market which can be filled by coach operators.After inspiration hit at Twickenham, the company started by looking at a range of events and decided to run several routes in partnership with operators. Cale says that the operators do the transportation and Zeelo provides everything on top.“We’ve got the data analytics to find where these routes are, where these pockets of people are, and do the marketing, the customer service and the sales. We partner with the coach operator to run the service.“In essence, the operators are an extension of us and us an extension of them. We help each other to grow each other’s business.”Zeelo already has solid partnerships with Ocado and Jaguar Land RoverLatest ventureBut events were just the beginning. There was another gap in the coaching market, a bigger one, which Zeelo wanted to tap into – commuting.“We saw that commuting was the real problem and tackling things like the car parking and congestion, sustainability goals, recruitment and retention for businesses became a cornerstone quickly.”Partnering with Swift Valley Coaches in Rugby, the business pairing embarked on a new commuter scheme for Prologis – a leading property developer – to which over 100 employees have already signed up.Employees of Prologis are benefitting from their own premium coach service which picks up from six locations between Leicester and Rugby and takes them directly to their workplace. The employees use an app to book their place on the coach and are kept informed of its whereabouts via a tracking link sent to them by text message.On average 40-50 workers are using the bus service, which has saved over 50,000 miles (the equivalent to two trips around the world) and approximately 10 tonnes of CO2 emissions. It has taken 30-45 cars off the road and out of the company car park.On the new partnership, Cale says: “Prologis said it has huge pressures from local councils with regards to sustainability. Employees are stuck in the middle of nowhere and have to drive to get to work. Now can we offer them something where they can leave the car at home and help address the sustainability problem.”Prologis has a company-wide push to try to reduce its carbon emissions, and this trial has got the business wanting to expand the service into other sites around the country.Steven Haddock, Director at Prologis UK says: “Offering a viable commuting option for employees is vital to attracting occupiers to large out-of-town sites and Zeelo provides this alongside a superior service. The scheme has been a tremendous success and we can’t wait to roll out the solution to our other sites across the UK.”Cale adds: “The beauty of it is that this service is successful. We are now looking at how we can expand this instead of just from Leicester to Rugby. Instead of just servicing one of the businesses there, what about all of them and make a much larger story?“That then falls into an even bigger picture which is ‘how do we grow our services in a region’?”Other case studies with businesses such as Jaguar Land Rover and Ocado also feature the same benefits, and both coach operators and businesses are becoming more aware of Zeelo and are seeing the benefits for them both.Just one partnership has saved approximately 10 tonnes of CO2 emissionsLooking forwardWith solid partnerships with Jaguar Land Rover and Ocado based around the Midlands, Cale wonders how to grow to get a network of operators around the country in the Zeelo family, big or small.But it’s not just the UK where Zeelo is establishing its routes. With successful and growing ventures in Barcelona, Spain and South Africa he says: “We have good things coming. Operators play a big part of it because they want to grow, and we’re happy to go with them that way. The same goes if we’re going somewhere. We need those operators to come with us.“I’m being selfish and want Zeelo to grow as much as it can, but we can’t unless operators are on board with us. We can’t exist without them.“It is a joint relationship at heart, we’re in this together.”Luke Ryan, Zeelo Head of Growth has made it one of his missions to work hand in hand with operators: “We have always said that we are not here to compete with operators but work with them. We strongly believe there are existing and also historic services that operators have, along with new opportunities in their regions, that if we tackled together, we would be to sustain and grow the number of able coaches on the road.”last_img read more

Sean Dickinson appointed as Unicard CEO

first_imgSean Dickinson has been appointed as the new CEO of transport management solutions and smart ticketing provider, Unicard.Sean will oversee the expansion of the business as Unicard establishes itself in new markets.The firm plans to help customers take advantages of new trends in public transport. It has already delivered account-based ticketing and mobility-as-a-service solutions to local authorities and commercial operators of bus and rail.Commenting on his appointment, Sean says: “The transport landscape is changing. This is due to the current global situation, but also because commuters and passengers demand greater flexibility in the modes and ways in which they travel. Unicard is responding to new market opportunities driven by local authorities which are exploring smart ticketing and greener travel initiatives for alternative modes of transport.“Unicard is a well-respected brand, renowned for the quality of its products and delivery of its services, along with its willingness to collaborate with customers and partners. I intend to build on these values as we move into the next phase of the company’s development”.last_img read more

Chalkwell Coaches donates to food bank after school meals controversy

first_imgChalkwell Coaches of Sittingbourne has responded to the government’s decision not to extend free school meals this half-term by donating £250 to its local food bank.The donation is to support families in the region who may rely on the service for food support.“As a local company we thought we would take this opportunity to give something back to the community,” Managing Director Roland Eglinton says. “Many parents, guardians and children support our bus services, some of whom may need to use this vital facility. Our donation will go a small way to making sure people have access to supplies when needed.”Swale Foodbank offers to provide emergency food and support to people in crisis. Started in 2012, it is part of a network of foodbanks supported by the Trussel Trust. The project is funded by local churches and community groups working together to stop hunger.Donations to Swale Foodbank are always gratefully received at the charity’s GoFundMe page, or at their donation points in supermarkets Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Asda, and local Co-op stores.last_img read more

Five people arrested in Claypool drug bust

first_img Facebook Five people arrested in Claypool drug bust WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Google+ Twitter Pinterest By Jon Zimney – January 7, 2020 0 288 (Carli Luca/95.3 MNC) Five people were arrested at a residence on South Graceland Street in Claypool in December.Town Marshal Ben Sanders released on Monday, Jan. 6, that the Claypool Police Department arrested John Parker, 49, Debora Parker, 50, Jonathan Charles, 36, Codie Pierce, 28 and Brianne Fields, 21, after a tip came in from NET 43 about the possible dealing of methamphetamine.Through their investigation, police officials executed a search warrant of the residence at 405 South Graceland on December 19th around noon. During the execution of the Search Warrant, Officers subsequently located paraphernalia, marijuana, methamphetamine and psilocybin (mushrooms).Charges against each are as follows:Debora Parker: Maintaining a common nuisance, possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substanceJonathan Charles: Dealing Methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a syringe and maintaining acommon nuisanceBrianne Fields: Dealing Methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a syringe and maintaining a common nuisanceJohn Parker: Maintaining a common nuisance, possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substanceCodie Pierce: Possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and visiting a common nuisanceClaypool Police Department was assisted by the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, Warsaw Police Department, Silver Lake Police Department and the Mentone Police Department. Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Facebook Previous articleState: Businesses plan 27,000+ new Hoosier JobsNext articleBBB: Stop scammers by writing out “2020” in full on checks Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Snow and freezing rain to make for a messy start to the weekend

first_img Twitter Google+ Twitter Facebook (Photo supplied/ABC 57) The National Weather Service of Northern Indiana has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the listening area until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18.On Friday, Jan. 17, the daytime will be snow-free.On Friday evening, a storm begins with a burst of wet heavy snow. The snow transitions to sleet and rain after midnight.There is the potential for more than three inches of snow by early Saturday. Sleet and rain will compress that snow to slush and the cold ground will freeze that slush into an icy mess.Temperatures warm above freezing on Saturday, but slick conditions remain concerning through mid-morning.Temperatures tank again in Sunday and Michiana will be under the threat of lake-effect snow.Your First Warning Neighborhood Weather Center ForecastFriday: Mostly cloudy, snow late. High of 30.Saturday: Wintry mix. High of 40.Sunday: Lake effect snow showers. High of 16 Pinterest By Jon Zimney – January 16, 2020 0 370 WhatsApp Snow and freezing rain to make for a messy start to the weekend Previous articleBBB: Don’t fall for the Jury Duty scam making the rounds in IndianaNext articleRepublicans vote down another Indiana teacher pay boost plan Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. WhatsApp Facebook IndianaLocalMichiganNewsWeather Pinterest Google+last_img read more

Age of transatlantic mega-mergers dawns

first_imgMega-mergers are expected to continue anticipating and following market-opening measures, but at a quicker pace. “They will continue, especially in sectors such as telecommunications,” says Angela Ward, deputy editor of UK-based Acquisitions Monthly.Industry analysts expect most of the looser telecoms alliances between European and US companies to follow the BT/MCI model.European and US airlines might similarly want to seal their alliances with purchases of share stakes if BA/AA provesan encouraging example to follow – and memories aresufficiently short to forget BA’s earlier experience with US Air and KLM’s mixed fortunes with Northwest.But if that proves to be the case, competition officials in the EU and US will be doing a lot to boost transatlantic traffic via the newly emerged telecom giants with flurries of calls to discuss their shared concerns.Sectors such as food processing and construction are, however, likely to remain sedentary, with Coca-Cola’s recent take-over of Schweppes Beverages and Dutch Ahold’s purchase of Stop & Shop seen as exceptions to the generally established rule.The picture of Anglo-American take-over activity over the last ten years is telling evidence of the emergence of the mega-deal. US acquisitions totalled 1 billion ecu in 1987, increased tenfold by 1995 and reached 15.25 billion ecu in 1996.European company spending in the US doubled from 1995 to 1996 to reach 58.6 billion ecu. UK deals accounted for over half of Europe’s spending, with 148 US companies bought at a cost of 33.8 billion ecu, according to Acquisitions Monthly.German firms were the next biggest spenders, with the purchase of National Medical Care by Fresenius and the acquisition of reinsurancegroup American Re Corp by Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft topping the list.“There has been a clear increase in US cases,” said a Commission competition official bearing the brunt of the extra workload.This has forced even closer cooperation between both sides, a fact due to be reflected in the next few months by completion of an updated competition agreement, building on the one already in place since 1991.This accord would take the bold step of calling for EU and US authorities to decide which of them was most affected bya transatlantic competitioncase, with the least concerned stepping back to allow the other to take the lead in dealingwith it. BT’s virtual take-over of MCI, British Airways’ alliance with American Airlines, BP’s joint venture with Mobil, and Deutsche Telekom and France Télécom’s stake in Sprint Corporation have captured the business headlines over thelast year.The deals share a common characteristic: most of them are in already global or virtually global markets and the majority of them are Anglo-American, with the Anglo doing the buying.Insurance and finance could be added to the list of sectors which have largely hurdled national frontiers.center_img This practice has already begun unofficially, with American officials recently allowing their Union counterparts to lead the probe of US retail sales analyst AC Nielsen for an alleged abuse of its dominant position because most of its activities were based in Europe.But any more formal arrangement would not touch on the vetting of mergers and joint ventures, which would remain separate, although there is already a high level of cooperation between the twosides in swapping product and turnover details.That has been particularly true in pharmaceutical cases such as Glaxo/Wellcome and Hoechst/Marion Merrill Dow, where data from national drugs authorities were a key to assessing the likely impact of the deals.last_img read more