JOHNSONS Coach Travel has driven off with two major tourism awards at the prestigious National Coach Tourism Awards.
The awards, organised by trade magazine Coach Monthly, recognise excellence and innovation across coach tour operators, tourist destinations, attractions and industry suppliers.
Henley-based Johnsons won the awards for Day Excursion Programme of the Year, and the Coach Innovation Award for their ‘Bard on Board’ campaign – the latter seeing the firm produce thousands of Shakespeare masks, and then encouraging passengers to pose wearing a mask on board their buses and coaches and share their image on social media.
The judges were impressed with the high level of research put into the Johnsons day excursion programme, and the many ways customers received added value with guided tours, cream teas and often two attractions in one included.
Commercial Director John Johnson collected the awards with his team in front of more than 400 tourism industry professionals. The award was presented by TV personality Anthea Turner.
He said: “We were thrilled to win these top industry awards.
“Our Day Excursions programme has been running for over 30 years and goes from strength to strength. This award shows our dedication to creating the best possible choice and quality of day excursions for our clients.”
Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel are a family run company employing over 250 people. It was founded over a century ago and specialises in providing coach holidays, group tours, private coach hire and local bus services.
* JOHNSONS has also been honoured for their community spirit.
The company was presented with a Community Support Award at Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service’s annual awards ceremony.
The firm has always looked to support the community – including releasing staff to serve as retained firefighters at the Henley station.
Currently they employ one retained firefighter in Toby Bleby, and have just agreed to allow a second staff member to join the service.
Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fireandrescue for further details.