Monday, 14 November 2016

Bus and Coach 2016 Dublin

Both myself and my Dad attended Coach and Bus in Dublin on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th November. Attending Bus and Coach show 2016 was a great pleasure, both days were very good, It was really nice to meet other Scottish Minibus and Coach Operators and have some lengthy conversation about the Bus and Coach industry, some of course over a Guinness or 2!!.

We were lucky enough to travel courtesy of Coach Traders and Paramount conversions all expenses were paid including flight, accommodation and gala dinner held on Saturday evening. Huge, Massive thank you to Gordon from Coach Traders for organising and footing the bill for this trip.

Each year I would normally attend Bus and Coach live in Birmingham but I have never had the pleasure to attend Dublin until 2016. I always try and make sure I manage to one of the days in Birmingham as I am always scared in case we miss out on something new to the industry. It was lovely to attend the Dublin show for a wee change! 

The hotel we stayed in was called The Clayton Hotel, It was lovely and very comfortable, I was extremely lucky to get a room to myself so it was nice to have some chill out time after arrival before we headed to the Bus and Coach show and I never had to put up with my Dad's snoring!! ;)

The Clayton Hotel, Dublin

The Clayton hotel was only 2 minutes walk away, so that was very convenient. We headed off to the show around 1pm on the Saturday to get some insight on what Bus and Coach 2016 had to offer. Dublin Bus and Coach is not as big as Birmingham but I would say it was pretty much around the same information on the same products, just not as many suppliers but they all pretty much are promoting the same things on a smaller scale. I thought the people were very friendly and welcoming. 

The Showroom of Bus and Coach 2016

Interior of a wheelchair accessible minibus 

David having a demonstration of a ride on cleaner! 

On the Saturday evening after the show we headed to the CTTC Gala dinner which was held at Ballsbridge Hotel. The Ballroom where the Gala dinner was held was beautifully presented, the food was lovely and we were sat next to some awesome people who were of course Minibus and Coach Operators so we all had plenty to talk about. Again, this was a lovely touch to Coach and Bus 2016. 

Gala Dinner Ballroom 

Colleen and David at CTTC Gala Dinner

Overall the weekend was lovely, It was a perfect opportunity to be away from the norm especially some valuable time with my Dad. Our conversation was of course all very bus and coach but we certainly came up with some new business ideas that we maybe able to implement throughout A1 Minibus and Coach Services LTD. 

I would like to say a massive heartfelt thank you to Coach Traders and Paramount conversions for making this weekend possible and of course very very hospitable. 

Thank you from David and Colleen of A1 Minibus and Coach Services LTD. 

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