The Association of Group Travel Organisers (AGTO) Board Director, David Steele, was named winner of the UK Coach Awards ‘Services to the Coach Industry’ award at a glittering event attended by over 200 people at the Mecure Piccadilly Hotel in Manchester last night.
The award recognised his campaigning work for coach tourism over a career dating back more than 40 years.
The ceremony was hosted by BBC Breakfast’s Carol Kirkwood and the awards were presented by Ian Luckett, chair of the CPT Coach Commission, the industry trade association.
David Steele has been an integral part of the AGTO (formerly GTOA) set-up since 1998 and became a Director when a Board was constituted in 2014. He is also on the committee of the Institute of Directors Central Branch that organises group visits and networking events for members.
A well-known face in tourism industry circles, David was previously Sales & Marketing Director of City Cruises and prior to that, Secretary of the Thames Passenger Boat Federation.
Commenting at the ceremony David Steele said: “I am overwhelmed to have received this recognition that reflects the great co-operation and professionalism that exists between coach operators and group organisers.”