First Bus-operated Bright Bus Tours has announced its return to the Edinburgh tourism market following the COVID-19 lockdown period. The company staged a re-launch event on Wednesday 15 July, dispatching one of its open-top vehicles to St Andrew’s Square wearing a giant face mask.
Branded bright orange face masks will be handed out to people who have booked a tour with Bright Bus on its inaugural day back.
Tony Kenmuir, Tour Operations Manager for Bright Bus, said: “It has been a really positive step forward to see Bright Bus back and ready for action. As we move into the thick of the summer holidays, people – especially those with children – are looking for safe and fun outdoor activities to do and our tours provide a great day out.
“We’re expecting a significant rise in the number of UK domestic passengers this summer – and even a good few from Edinburgh – as more people are choosing to go on ‘staycations’ and explore the great sights we have to see at home.
“Whilst our relaunch has a definite sense of Bright Bus style, our message is a serious one, designed to instil confidence in everyone looking to take a tour with us, that we have taken all measures to create a safe environment.”
Liz McAreavey, Chief Executive at Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, said: “As a key driver of the Edinburgh economy, we are delighted to see the hospitality and tourism sector working to safely re-open across the city as restrictions gradually ease. The re-launch of Bright Bus Tours, with a focus on safe sightseeing, will allow people to have a fun day out while enjoying the wonderful sights our city has to offer.”
Each vehicle will be deep cleaned at the end of each day, using the latest techniques available. This includes a ‘fogging’ which kills all bacteria, including COVID-19, for up to 28 days.
Passengers will be directed to their seats by staff, who will be wearing PPE, to ensure that social distancing guidelines are met throughout the journey.