news
Hotel News
World’s tallest hotel opens in Dubai 2024
The Ciel Tower hotel will soar 365 metres into the sky with 82 floors of luxury suites and serviced residences.
Hotels & Resorts
Accor Announces Global Launch of Its All-Inclusive Collection
Accelerating its expansion in the fast-growing market with a unique platform of multi-branded luxury and premium offers.
Hotel news
Ambitious Plans for Spectacular Scandic Holmenkollen Park
Modernised hotel reopens with 376 rooms and room for 1,200 conference visitors.
Changing of the guard
Peter King
to depart after 11 successful years.
hotel news
Hotel Sustainability Basics Launched at Leading Industry Summit in Manila
Set to drive responsible travel and tourism and to help every hotel address and improve their environmental impact.
hotell news
Scandic to Open Third Hotel in Tromsø
New hotel planned for 2025, with 305 rooms on 12 floors in the new Vervet area.

Global Business Travel’s Landmark Sustainability Study Reveals
What It Will Take to Get to a Greener Future.
Covid-19-Award
Double gold for Austria Center Vienna
at German Stevie Awards
The man, the myth, the legend
Patrick Delaney Honoured With Hall of Fame Award
Travel trade veteran receives 2022 Hall of Fame award at annual AIPCO conference.
hotelnews
Scandic Kiruna
first commercial enterprise to open in new city center.
RSS
rss_icon
Links
Stockholm most coach friendly city

Pursuant to its nomination as Sweden’s most coach friendly city in spring, the first European Green Capital, Stockholm, won the global IRU City Trophy 2009 for its exemplary coach-friendly policy.

In particular, the IRU City Trophy’s international jury recognised Stockholm city authorities’ understanding of the economic and environmental potential of coach tourism and travel, as well as the green policy of giving priority to coach tourism, notably by promoting and facilitating city access to visiting coaches. The policy includes:

• Creating parking areas at all city entrances;

• deterring the use of private cars through a congestion tax and enhancing that of public transport;

• allowing tourist coaches to use lanes dedicated to public transport;

• offering some 40 dedicated coach parking spaces close to touristic sites;

• facilitating travel and co-modality through the newly-refurbished, user-friendly coach terminal for travellers, operators and drivers.

Stockholm also received high scores for its exemplary policy of regularly consulting with the coach travel industry on city traffic management, and user-friendly information supplied to visitors, including customised information on coach tour organisers and travel agents.

Graham Smith, Vice President of the IRU and CEO of Heyfordian Travel (UK), said, “By recognising the economic and environmental contribution of coach tourism, cities like Stockholm, as well as the other four IRU City Trophy finalists, by recognising from the outset the economic and environmental contribution of coach tourism, demonstrate to policy-makers and municipal authorities around the world that coaches must be acknowledged for what they are: the greenest, safest, most affordable, user-friendly and, indeed, efficient mode of tourism and travel.”

The IRU City Trophy international jury also commended the excellence of the four other finalists:

 

• Bremen (D), for implementing one of the most efficient coach welcoming and guiding systems in the world, whilst recognising the contribution of coaches in preserving the environment, by not applying the city’s low emission zone restrictions to them;

 

• Southport (UK), for establishing a unique coach, driver and tourist friendly culture and system, resulting in a record growth in coach tourism visits, including during the low tourist season;

 

• Polotsk (BY), for placing coach tourism at the centre of its promotion of the city’s and region’s exceptional cultural and religious heritage, with an unprecedented 70% of over 1 million visitors coming by coach; and

 

• Beijing, for its fast growing potential to become a standard setter in bus and coach transport after the successful organisation of the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2008.