New research on coach tourism

Coach tourism is worth £2.35 billion to the UK's economy and could be worth even more with investment by local authorities, according to new research.

A report by the Confederation of Passenger Transport called on councils to embrace the coach tourism industry in their local development plans.

Measures mooted include convenient drop-off points, secure parking, passenger and coach driver facilities at coach parks and allowing coaches to use bus lanes.

Confederation chief executive Simon Posner said: "This report reinforces the enormous benefits the coach has to the UK's economy. If local government and tourist bodies work with the industry to invest in better facilities, the contribution can be increased and will result in the creation of more jobs."

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