The coach industry is this week abuzz with the news that the 2014 UK awards will be officially launched at the beginning of the autumn.
Speculation is rife especially following the revelation of several key changes this season, including a substantial revision to the categories up for grabs and a shift in emphasis towards coach operators and their staff.
Indeed, those categories involving attractions and destinations will be completely removed following criticism that they are already well-covered by other schemes.
UK Coach Awards chairman Allan Edmondson said that he was "delighted" to unveil the changes to the sixth annual competition.
"Since April, we've had a lot of very positive feedback about this year's scheme, and we've taken this into account in making our plans for 2014," he explained.
"I believe the outcome is both positive and exciting, and we are really looking forward to highlighting the importance of the contribution that individuals make to the success of the industry."
The unique award scheme is run entirely independent of the industry with the aim of recognising particularly hard working operators and employees.
Last season's award ceremony was held at Alton Towers and featured a two-day celebration alongside the UK Coach Rally which was also taking place at the venue.
This year will see the winner crowned on April 10th at the Mercure Piccadilly Hotel, which has played host to the UK Coach Awards on two previous occasions in 2011 and 2012.
Speculation on the changes in likely to continue for a while yet, with the award categories set to be announced at the beginning of September and nominations being invited from operators and customers alike throughout autumn.
Mr Edmondson also outlined a schedule for the judging, with the first round taking place early in the New Year and a shortlist expected to be announced in February 2014.