Otley is the latest town to get an official seal of approval from the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) which awarded the town with its Coach Friendly Town Status.
The award recognises the Yorkshire town’s commitment to ensuring visiting coach groups have access to great facilities, information and products.
CPT highlighted Otley’s improved tourism offering for visitors, including printed materials and signage, as well as coach-specific facilities such as dedicated free coach parking and a coach drivers’ refreshment voucher scheme, as key reasons for awarding the status.
CPT’s Northern and Yorkshire Region Manager Andrew McGuinness says: “We congratulate Otley on the award of Coach Friendly Status. The town and local businesses work hard to welcome coaches making it very attractive to passengers thanks to its mix of history, great independent shops and a popular market.
“For coach drivers, the availability of parking, central pick-up and drop-off facilities and clear signage makes it a great place to visit.”
Chair of Otley Town Council’s Trade and Tourism Committee Councillor Paul Carter adds: “As one of the gateways to the Yorkshire Dales but only 10 miles from Leeds, the historic market town Otley is increasingly becoming a key tourism destination for visitors to Yorkshire.
“CPT’s award demonstrates the value we place on coach tourism and the benefits it brings to the town, its businesses, residents and visitors.”