Thistle DMC gets ready for tourism boom

By Sinead, Tuesday, 8th March 2011 | 0 comments

Leading Irish company Eirebus has launched a new business in Edinburgh as a result of increasing demand from international tourists who want to travel to Scotland. The new venture, Thistle DMC, is aiming to bring 25,000 extra leisure and business tourists to Scotland in the next few years and a new office has been opened in Edinburgh in line with the launch.   The Eirebus Group, which carried 26,000 visitors on tours of Ireland last year alone and has been in operation for 40 years, also owns sister companies Edinburgh Coach Lines and Gray Line (Scotland) – already leading operators in the Scottish tour market.  The business has seen an upturn in requests for travel to Scotland through its existing international client base. With that in mind, Thistle DMC will be targeting countries across Europe and internationally with the aim of bringing lucrative business into Scotland. Speaking about the new venture, Managing Director of Eirebus, Paddy Kavanagh, comments: “Scotland is a hugely popular destination and in opening Thistle DMC we are tapping into the market for visitors who simply cannot get enough of what the country has to offer.  We are aiming to emulate the success of our Irish business in Scotland and already have business underway from our new operation.” Thistle DMC provides tour and travel services within Scotland for the incentiveleisure and business tourism markets and is headed by Maite Hernandez, who brings extensive travel industry expertise to the company.  The business operates in association with its sister companies, Edinburgh Coach Lines and Gray Line (Scotland) and has an existing fleet of 30 coaches on hand to support business operations.

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