Success drives family-owned coach firm McComb's to £1m investment
A family-owned coach company that started up with just one driver is investing £1m in an expansion that will create 10 jobs.
Husband and wife team, Rodney and Caroline McComb founded McComb's Coach Travel 19 years ago. They now employ 25 people and carry around 130,000 passengers a year.
Rodney McComb said: "Our growth has been steady over the last two decades. We've noticed that as Northern Ireland has grown in confidence as a tourist destination, the numbers of visitors has increased and our business growth reflects that."
In the past few years the company has invested £750,000 in new vehicles. The latest £1m investment will enable the firm to purchase four more coaches, with the prospect of an additional 40,000 passengers.
McComb's took 60,000 people to the Giant's Causeway last year, and 10,000 people took a Game of Thrones tour. A trip to Kildare Village Shopping - an outlet mall south of Dublin - has proved so popular that the company has had to lay on extra vehicles.
Caroline McComb said: "We have an established and loyal customer base including the Irish Football Association, Hastings Hotels and schools with whom we have worked for many years.
"We also transport Game of Thrones actors and senior personnel and when any major events take place, like the MTV Awards, or other filming projects, our bookings increase significantly.
"The small luxury coach side of our business is also flourishing with golfers leading the way and following the recent news that the Open is due to take place in 2019, and with four Irish Opens in between, we see golf tourism as a real growth area for us."
And Mr McComb said: "I believe the infrastructure in Northern Ireland and the positive economic changes, albeit small, are setting the scene for a boom time in tourism here."