Customer Stories: Tour Ticket Ireland
Tour Ticket Ireland provides bespoke tours of Northern Ireland and ROI, offering tourists a number of high quality attractions at discount prices.
Since December 2017 it has been developing tours, creating partnerships with other organisations and developing their website
It already runs a host of tours included guided visits to Dublin, Belfast, the Causeway Coast, Derry and Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way.
We spoke to co-founder Michael McCusker about how he and partner David Kearns founded the company, what they are working on and how they find the Innovation Factory:
How did you start your company?
It began when we were working in different companies at the Innovation Factory. I was doing market research with the Copius Group to see if there was a market for Tour Ticket Ireland, a new tour company and was asked to identify someone that could build a website. David, was running his successful website and app development company Media Nerds just down the corridor and I knocked on his door. We had a conversation and it flourished from there.
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment we are working on developing the first ever organised Whiskey Tour of Ireland, a four day tour comprised of five distilleries, including the Old Bushmills Distillery on the Co Antrim coast, the Jameson Distillery in Dublin, the Irish Whiskey Museum in Dublin, Nephin Whiskey and Belleek Castle, Co Mayo, Tullamore Dew in Co Offaly and Walsh Whiskey in Co Clare.
What do you like about Innovation Factory?
It’s a great place for networking and trying out new ideas. The entrepreneurial culture is perfect for collaboration and making business connections.
What projects/ambitions do you have for the future of your company?
We are constantly looking at new ways to develop and have ambitious plans to change the tourism experience for visitors to Northern Ireland, to encourage people to spend more time in Belfast and in the West of the city and use the local amenities. We believe more and more people want an authentic experience, to eat locally and experience local life and with David’s digital skills we are developing new technology to identify how to connect with tourists to make them aware what exists in Belfast and what they can experience while they are here.
How have you been involved in the social integration of Innovation Factory?
We engaged with students from St Mary’s University College on a business problem. They were given three months to devise possible solutions and present back to us in April 2018. We also presented to students from Business Management at Belfast Met on the role of Entrepreneurship, and Entrepreneurs, with another three local businesses. We also met with a group of professionals from Cyprus, who are scoping the viability of building an enterprise zone that provides opportunity for both religions in the conflict area.
"Innovation Factory staff have been fantastic, supporting us by providing a stimulating environment and great source of information. "
Michael McCusker - Co-Founder of Tour Ticket Ireland
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