Pictured L-R William Martin of Martins Coaches Limerick, Shannon Heritage Managing Director Niall O’Callaghan and Jackie Glynn of Glynn’s Coaches Ennis. Picture by Arthur Ellis.
Shannon Heritage becomes the first visitor attractions company to be granted preferred supplier status by CTTC
Shannon Group’s tourism experiences and attractions company, Shannon Heritage has today announced a landmark partnership with the Coach Tourism and Transport Council (CTTC). The agreement sees Shannon Heritage become the first visitor attractions company in Ireland to be granted preferred supplier status by the CTTC.
Shannon Heritage is also working with CTTC to become a named coach friendly location joining Ennis, Sligo & Dungarvan in what is another first from Shannon Heritage. This will recognize Shannon Heritage visitor attractions as sites that demonstrate a high level of commitment to welcoming coaches and their passengers by adhering to the criteria set out by CTTC in the provision of quality Coach Parking Infrastructure.
CTTC is the sole representative body for coach tour operators in Ireland. Its members supply coaches to tour operators operating in Ireland, act as tour operators themselves and provide coaches for private and educational hire, which are all very important markets for Shannon Heritage.
Kevin Traynor, Director of the Coach Tour Operators Council of Ireland said: “It is great to announce this partnership between CTTC and Shannon Heritage that sees Shannon Heritage become the first visitor attractions company in Ireland that we have granted preferred supplier status to. With Shannon Heritage being Ireland’s largest commercial operator of tourist attractions and experiences, it makes this partnership with ourselves a natural fit. We are looking forward to continuing to strengthen our strong relationship with Shannon Heritage.”
Niall O’Callaghan, Managing Director of Shannon Group’s tourism company, Shannon Heritage said: “We are delighted to announce this partnership with the CTTC in what is another first from Shannon Heritage. Building on our history as early innovators in the tourism sector, this follows our announcement of being Ireland’s first tourist attraction company to have been accredited with Fáilte Ireland Customer Service Excellence earlier this year.
To be the first visitor attraction company to align itself with the CTTC – the main representative body for coach operators in Ireland – is a very important step for Shannon Heritage. Coach tourism is seeing significant growth in the market and we aim to provide unrivaled experiences for CTTC customers to enjoy. We are also are working on other aspects to deepen our relationship with CTTC.”
About CTTC, The CTTC is the sole representative body for coach and bus operators from all over the Republic of Ireland. Its members are engaged in many aspects of Coach Tourism from day tours to extended touring, Licenced. Scheduled Services, School Transport, and Private Hire. CTTC members operate in excess of 1,500 coaches and employ in excess of 3500 people throughout the country.
About Shannon Group plc, Shannon Group plc is a commercial semi-state company established on September 5, 2014. The Group, which employs more than 600 people, operates and manages three companies: Shannon Airport, Shannon Commercial Properties, and Shannon Heritage, and through its IASC brand promotes the growing aviation cluster at Shannon.
About Shannon Heritage, Shannon Heritage, a Shannon Group plc company, is Ireland’s largest commercial operator of tourist attractions and experiences and was one of the first companies in Ireland to develop and run attractions and evening entertainments. Shannon Heritage employs up to 350 people in the peak tourist season at its portfolio of eight-day visitor attractions, four evening entertainment experiences, and two standalone retail outlets. Since 2012, total visitors to Shannon Heritage attractions have doubled, increasing from 460,000 in 2012 to 924,718 in 2018, up 4.3% on 2017 results.
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