Greyhound countrys 'best transport company

By: Jason Whittaker


Greyhound Australia has been voted the best transport company in the country at the annual Golden Backpack Awards. More than 450

Greyhound Australia has been voted the best transport company in the country at the annual Golden Backpack Awards.

More than 450 industry leaders attended the award ceremony run by popular travel magazine TNT.

The awards aim to reward companies who put extra effort into making travel around Australia a memorable experience.

Chief Executive Officer Rob Thomas says Greyhound staff should be congratulated.

"Forget flying, this award proves what backpackers want is to be able to immerse themselves in the local culture," Thomas says.

"We’ve worked hard to ensure international visitors to Australia experience the best of what this vast country has to offer and it’s humbling for our efforts to be recognised in this way."

In the past 12 months the company has introduced a new product range called Greyhound Adventures, offering adventure seekers the opportunity to exchange kilometres for travel offers such as a three day Uluru tour, an adventure in Kakadu, a Yarra Valley wine tour or a voyage along the Great Ocean Road.

"They not only add a new dimension to experience of travelling with Greyhound but also support local tourism operators throughout Australia," Thomas says.

Greyhound also offers its clientele the option to offset the CO2 emissions from their trip, a feature which also appeals to the young backpacker market, Thomas says.

"Our objective is to set the standard for green transport throughout Australia, minimising emissions and maximising the efficiency of travel," he says. "Passengers also have the opportunity to offset their carbon emissions for just $1 per booking."

Other finalists in the Best Transport Company category included Virgin Blue, Tiger Airways, Travellers Auto Barn and Premier Motor services.

Greyhound Australia is now the only national coach company operating in Australia after the acquirement of other competing coach brands such as McCafferty’s, Pioneer and Bus Australia.

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