Tennent's Tour Unfairly Targeted
Glasgow Bus Tour Operator, City Sightseeing, will remove the Duke Street stop from its popular city route from 4 November, leading to a number of local businesses missing out on the increased footfall the tours bring to the area.
Popular attractions such as Tennent’s World Famous Wellpark Brewery, The Drygate Brewery, The Iconic Barras Market and new venue St Luke’s are all within walking distance of the stop. The decision has been made little over a year after the Commonwealth Games which saw the area undergo significant regeneration after investment from a number of local and national government bodies and private organisations.
Wellpark Brewery is a top 20 destination for Glasgow on Trip Advisor and is home to Scotland’s favourite pint, Tennent’s Lager. The landmark site regularly plays host to tourists from Canada, the USA, Australia and more, and conducts hundreds of tours each year.
Tennent’s, who have invested more than £4m in the area within the last five years, think the decision is pretty un-fare. Ross Pollock, Manager of Tennent’s Visitor Centre said: “We’ve been working hard to bring people into the east end of the city, and with the level of rejuvenation the area has seen in recent years with the Commonwealth Games, Drygate Brewery, St Luke’s and other projects, it seems a real shame to remove the stop from the route.
“There are a number of smaller local businesses that will also lose out. We’ve made our feelings known to City Sightseeing but we’ve been told we’ve missed the bus. Wellpark has been a part of Glasgow’s history for almost 500 years and is a hugely popular destination with tourists the world over. We run hundreds of brewery tours every year, so we’re struggling to see the rationale behind the decision to remove this stop from the tour.”