The election took place at the annual general meeting of the Coach Tourism Council held at the Mercure Albrighton Hotel, Shrewsbury.
Said Amanda Harrington: “These are very challenging times for everyone in the industry. We are facing rising fuel prices, increased legislation and tough economic circumstances so all coach operators are feeling the pressure.
“I’m flattered to have been voted into this position by other coach firms and it is a reflection of the respect people have for Bakers Dolphin, which has established itself as a leading coach holiday provider in the UK.
“As well as making sure our voice is heard by Government and local authorities I want to explain to people how important the industry is to the economy of the country and how coach travel is now a comfortable option for holidays providing an environmentally-
The CTC was set up 23 years ago to promote travel and tourism by coach. National, regional and family-run companies are among nearly 150 coach tour operator members. They work with another 150 companies and organisations – ranging from Tourist Offices, attractions and destinations, wholesalers, hotels, ferry operators, ticket agencies and professional advisers - who are also members.
Coach tourism is one of the UK’s biggest travel sectors. Around nine million people take a coach tour each year while in the UK. Members of the CTC play a major role in meeting the increasing demand for day excursions, short breaks and holidays by coach which offer unbeatable value for money at a time when many families are finding it hard to afford holidays.
Amanda Harrington, who lives in Nailsea, North Somerset, has worked in the coach industry for 25 years. Bakers Dolphin take 23,000 people every year on holidays in the UK and abroad another 34,000 on day excursions and 13,000 on private group outings.