GOLA Begins 2019 With New Members, State Unity
The meeting kicked off with the announcement that three new members have joined GOLA. “Growing our membership is our goal this year and we have started out going in a very positive direction,” Wright said.
Also on GOLA’s 2019 agenda is strengthening its efforts to work more closely with neighboring associations—both in the luxury chauffeured transportation sector and in the motorcoach world, too. And both of those intentions were on display and part of the discussion at last month’s meeting.
Guest speakers included Florida Limousine Association (FLA) President and NLA Board Memeber Rick Versace of A1A Airport & Limousine Service and Florida operator Glenn Cook of The Villages Transportation. Versace updated GOLA members on the potential legislation that could finally result in one statewide permitting system for chauffeured ground transportation operators in The Sunshine State, which is a possibility that GOLA agrees is worth fighting for.
“GOLA will continue to back Rick and the FLA in seeking the proposed legislation that could create one statewide permit for luxury ground transportation operators in the state of Florida,” Wright said, adding that more information regarding the legislation will be coming in as quickly as the associations receive updates.
Cook, meanwhile, provided association members with valuable information on the region’s bus industry, as both Orlando-area and statewide bus operators are facing many of the same issues as the livery side of the business does. He also encouraged and invited GOLA members to begin attending local events held by not only the United Motorcoach Association but also the Florida Motorcoach Association.
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