The British Coach Tourism Awards (BCTAs) is set to return on 20 March 2019, with the deadline for entries fast approaching on 21 December.Recognising excellence in the coach tourism industry, the Awards recognise the hard work of some of the most talented coach tour operators, destinations, visitor attractions, hotels, and suppliers in the sector.New for the 2019 was the opportunity to nominate those who you believe go above and beyond the call of duty, providing an opportunity to find the undiscovered stars of the coaching world.All those nominated have now been contacted and entries are flooding in.Operators are encouraged to submit their entries before the fast-approaching deadline.Operators can enter into the following categories:Coach Tour Operator – Small Fleet (1-5 coaches) Coach Tour Operator – Medium Fleet (6-15 coaches)Coach Tour Operator – Large Fleet (more than 15 coaches).Christina Glenister, Group Marketing Manager for the Awards says “Entering the Awards is a really valuable exercise. It provides an opportunity to consider the progress that has been made over the last year and helps to form ideas and plans for the year ahead.“Everyone shortlisted benefits from the kudos of being associated with the only national awards scheme dedicated to coach tourism, while for the winners, there are an abundance of marketing and PR opportunities.“A British Coach Tourism Award sets you apart from your competition, and reassures your customers that you provide the highest quality of service”Details of how to enter can be found on the British Coach Tourism Awards website, where there is also a ‘handy hints’ guide of what to include in your entry.www.britishcoachawards.co.uk
IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 STOCKHOLM – Japan’s Kosuke Kitajima, world record holder in the 200-meter breaststroke, set a short-course national record of 58.64 seconds in finishing second in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke at a World Cup meet in Sweden on Wednesday.“This time has really done wonders for my confidence,” said Kitajima, who shaved 0.12 seconds of the 58.76 time he set in Paris last week. Wednesday’s race was won by Russian Roman Sloudnov in 57.97 while Oleg Lisogor of Ukraine came home in third in 58.78. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Elsewhere for Japan, Atsushi Nishikori was third in the men’s 50 meters backstroke in 24.63 while in women’s action, Noriko Inada finished second in the 100 meters backstroke in 59.62, as did Yurie Yano in the 200 meters butterfly in 2:08.00.
Ahead of the new basketball season, the Nigeria Basketball Federation has called on interested individuals and corporate entities to apply for slots in the Zenith Bank sponsored Women’s Basketball League.Rising from its board meeting held in Lagos on Monday, the federation said that in line with the mission statement of the federation, interested teams are encouraged to register their teams ahead of the 2019 season.The NBBF President, Engr Musa Kida said “For us, we are looking to expand and make sure we accommodate as many teams as possible”.With the NBBF Secretariat currently attending to numerous applications and interest letters, Kida said the process for the final selections will be free and fair to all.“I am quite happy with what I see in terms of response and I just want everybody to be rest assured that anybody who expresses interest will surely be considered and given a chance to participate. The smallest women’s team that can express interest in participating in the league will be given the chance”, Kida assured.Knowing fully well that there is a risk of over subscription following the continued growth of basketball in Nigeria, the NBBF board said it is ready to consider and accommodate all genuine clubs.“If we have an over subscription, we are ready to consider everybody in a way that they will participate and after we would have the numbers of teams that we require for the league.”The Zenith Women’s Basketball League will tip off on the 1st of July, 2019.Related