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Stuart Render is a coach tourism professional with a unique background.
As a former editor of coach tourism trade magazine Coach Monthly, and former chairman of the judging panel and (co-host) of the National Coach Tourism Awards, he understands the coach tourism market more than most. As someone who has written about visitor attractions and destinations across the UK and continental Europe, interviewed tourism professionals from all parts of the sector, and reported on the issues affecting the industry, he can offer a unique overview of what works, what doesn’t, and what could be improved.
But there’s more to Stuart than that.
He’s a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (FCIPR), a Member of The Tourism Society (MTS), and a former Board member of the Coach Tourism Association. He’s a speaker on coach tourism issues, and has facilitated business seminars at trade shows including Best of Britain & Ireland/British Tourism & Travel Show, Coach & Bus Live, and Euro Bus Expo.
Prior to working in the coach tourism sector, Stuart enjoyed a lengthy career working in senior public relations roles with major companies and organisations, including FirstGroup, National Express and Greater Manchester Police. He also has a full PCV licence, meaning he can actually drive coaches too.
Stuart’s experience of coach tourism and coach tour operators, combined with a passion for what he does, will enthuse, encourage and inspire you. If you’re a visitor attraction, tourism destination, industry supplier, hotel or tourism organisation, working with Stuart will help you identify the opportunities that coach tourism can offer in terms of attracting more coaches and groups. He will help you develop your coach and group-friendly credentials. If you’re a coach tour operator, Stuart can support you with writing and editing your brochures, newsletters and website content.
Add in the public relations experience and, whatever role you hold in the coach tourism community, you’ll receive advice, support and guidance that will help you attract more visitors, guests and customers.
Stuart says: “I set up Stuart Render Tourism at the start of 2016 to offer consultancy, writing and PR support to those visitor attractions, destinations, hotels and industry suppliers who recognise the benefits of developing their coach and group-friendly credentials. My client list includes a tour wholesaler, a leading tourism marketing agency, regional and European tourist organisations, individual destinations and visitor attractions.”
Stuart was editor of coach tourism trade magazine Coach Monthly between March 2010 and February 2016. Here are examples of feature articles written by Stuart that appeared in the magazine during 2015 and 2016. The magazine was renamed and relaunched as Group Tourism & Travel Magazine in March 2017.