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Article published 09/05/2024

A press release from Perth & Kinross Council announced Perth’s status as a leading tourist destination has been given a major boost after it was granted Coach Friendly Status this week (8 May).

Granted by The Confederation of Passenger Transport Scotland, the accreditation encourages more coach travel companies to visit an area, increasing visitor numbers, boosting the economy and helping to reduce congestion and improve air quality.

One coach carrying 50 people can prevent at least 20 individual car trips while carbon emissions from one modern coach is six times lower per passenger than private car travel.

The accreditation was presented by Phil Smith of CPT Scotland to Perth and Kinross Council leader Councillor Grant Laing outside Perth Museum.


four people photographed in front of a coach outside

Caroline Warburton of VisitScotland, Phil Smith of CPT Scotland, Grant Laing - Perth & Kinross Council Leader, and Councillor Eric Drysdale of Perth & Kinross Counciloutside Perth Museum. 

Achieving Coach Friendly status is fantastic news for Perth and the wider region, and reflects the investment and great work that has been done to cater for coaches, part of the city’s commitment to welcoming group travel.

The group travel market has an important part to play in Scotland’s sustainable tourism ambitions. Not only does it offer an alternative to travelling by car, but planned itineraries are an excellent way for visitors to explore the region.

Caroline Warburton, Destination Development Director, VisitScotland

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By travel trade, we mean travel intermediaries such as tour operators and travel agents.

More than half of international visitors use these kind of travel intermediaries to plan and book their holiday.

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