Irish City Tours’ evolution

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Long-established open-top bus operator Irish City Tours changed hands last year, and is now owned by Big Bus Tours. Richard Sharman visited Dublin to see what changes have been made in the last six months of Big Bus Tours’ ownership

Irish City Tours entered the open-top bus tour market 21 years ago when long-standing operator Dualway Coaches branched out into other areas of the industry.

Founded in 1979 by Tony McConn, Dualway Coaches went on to become the Dualway Group. In recent years the Group has had control of five subsidiary companies, those being Dualway Coaches, Dublin Visitor Centre, Gray Line Ireland, a property company, and Irish City Tours.

Big Bus Tours enters the scene
In what might have seemed a surprise move, during July 2018 Irish City Tours was acquired by Big Bus Tours, becoming the 20th city in the Big Bus Tours global portfolio. David McConn, Tony McConn’s son, remains at the helm of Irish City Tours as Managing Director. On the acquisition David commented: “The synergies between Big Bus and Irish City Tours in the vision and belief in exceptional customer experience make this a perfect fit.” […]

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