Lancer Leader Ally
Monday, December 05, 2022
ABA

The American Bus Association (ABA) has announced Philadelphia as the site of its 2025 ABA’s Marketplace and Busworld North America. The dates of the 2025 convention will be January 31-Februrary 4, 2025. This will be the first time ABA has been in Philadelphia since 2011.

ABA Peter Pantuso ABA President & CEO Peter Pantuso

 "We look forward to bringing our ABA’s Marketplace and Busworld North America back to Philadelphia in 2025," said ABA President & CEO Peter Pantuso. “Our last time there was in 2011, and since then the city has reinvented itself as a booming cultural and culinary destination.”

“We are thrilled Philadelphia has been selected as host city for the 2025 American Bus Association’s Marketplace and Busworld North America,” said Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau President & CEO Gregg Caren. “We look forward to welcoming back the ABA to our city after 14 years. Our extraordinary Pennsylvania Convention Center, first-rate hotels, and thriving culinary scene will demonstrate why Philadelphia is an exceptional convention destination.”

ABA

The ABA promotes the Marketplace as the number one group travel show in North America with the greatest ROI for its attendees.

Pantuso noted that Philadelphia has it all when it comes to hosting an event like ABA’s Marketplace, “from the beautiful waterfront with its attractions, to the world-class museums and historic sites, to quaint neighborhoods and restaurants offering every dish imaginable, we are so excited to bring our 3,400-plus members to this city.”

Visit buses.org for more information.

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NLA

The National Limousine Association (NLA) returned—in person—to Washington, D.C. for its annual Day on the Hill this September 20-21 where more than 30 operators from 16 states participated. The two-day lobbying event, which gives the nationwide industry a voice with elected representatives, was particularly important due to the proposed legislative changes that could have had a severe impact on operators.

“This event proved that though our industry may be small, our voice is loud. The dedication and passion from the members who joined us makes me that much more excited for next year's event,” said NLA President Robert Alexander of RMA Worldwide in his president’s letter.

NLA Directors Joe Reinhardt (left) and Matt Assolin (right) met with South Carolina Senator Tim Scott

The NLA Legislative Committee (co-chaired by Matt Assolin of Nikko’s Worldwide and Brett Barenholtz of Above All Transportation/Boston Car Service) and its lobbying firm Cornerstone Government Affairs identified the top issues facing the industry to discuss with lawmakers and their staff. Topping the list was the bottleneck in processing the Employee Retention Tax Credit as well as a push for the CERTS Tax Exemption Act (H.R.7477), which provided $2 billion in emergency funds to motorcoach and transportation providers during the COVID shutdowns, but was taxable.

The NLA also lobbied for assistance in reducing airline delays and cancellations, primarily due to the lingering pilot and maintenance staff shortages. The delays are not only frustrating for travelers, but have real consequences for our industry via increased wait times and chauffeur scheduling. NLA expressed strong support of the Let Experienced Pilots Fly bill (H.R.8513/S.4607) that would allow commercial airline pilots to continue flying through 67 instead of the current mandatory retirement requirement at 65. To encourage support of the bill, contact your representative or Kaitlin Burt (kaitlin_burt@lgtahm.senate.gov) in Senator Lindsey Graham’s office.

NLA Secretary Brett Barenholtz (left) and Director Matt Assolin at the Capitol building

Additionally, worker classification was a hot topic, and the NLA supports the bipartisan Worker Flexibility and Choice Act (H.R.8442), which fixes problems with the current (and confusing) FLSA overtime rule and gives workers more certainty and security about their pay and job status. Given the rise of the gig economy, the bill would define a new classification between employee and independent contractor that would offer the flexibility of being an IC, while also providing some benefits typically given to employees. To encourage support of the bill, contact your representative or Patrick O'Connor with Rep. Henry Cuellar's office (patrick.oconnor2@mail.house.gov).

NLA L to R: First Vice President Douglas Schwartz, N.Y. Congressman Andrew Garbarino, and Secretary Brett Barenholtz

The infrastructure bill passed by Congress earlier this year contained language that would have allowed states to impose a variety of regulations on ground transportation operators, inspired by the limousine crash in Schoharie, N.Y., based on the type of vehicle they operate. Springing into action, the NLA worked closely with the N.Y. delegation to successfully stop a federal 9-passenger CDL requirement as well as mandatory inspections, use of electronic logging devices (ELDs), and disclosures in passenger compartments. New federal regulations for vehicle modifiers were also thwarted.

NLA President Robert Alexander addresses the meeting

The NLA also hosted its PAC fundraiser event with Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), who Alexander says was engaging and receptive to the challenges the industry is facing. He also thanked the NLA PAC Committee, co-chaired by Matt Assolin of Nikko’s Worldwide and Jeff Rose of Attitude New York, for their work and dedication. Those NLA members who would like to support the PAC with a one-time donation and who have given prior permission to solicit for contributions, can click here. Note that contributions must be made from a personal account.

Alexander expressed appreciation for those who helped to organize the event as well as those who attended.

“I would like to thank the NLA Board of Directors and all of the members who attended this year's event. You all took time away from your businesses and personal lives to support and advocate for our industry. Without your participation, we would not have been nearly as successful,” he said.

Visit limo.org for more information.

 

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A recent survey from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and HRS, the leading global corporate travel and payment technology platform, highlighted how changes in workforce and a faster-than-expected return to travel are transforming managed travel.  The survey was conducted in late June and respondents were travel managers and procurement leaders from the US, Canada, and parts of Europe.

HRS corporate travel

According to the research, 54 percent of those surveyed say business travel has rebounded faster than expected, while 77 percent report they are spending more time troubleshooting traveler issues.

“The intersection of employee workplace trends and travel management is quite frenetic these days. These realities spur opportunities for forward-thinking finance, human resource, procurement, and travel leaders,” said HRS CEO Tobias Ragge. “Technologies addressing these trends are being launched and refined, with friction-reducing automation improving the everyday experience for employees. How quickly are you examining which solution best works for your workforce while also maximizing your operational budgets? This is the issue we see more frequently in our corporate engagements this year.” 

GBTA

Return of Corporate Travel Meets the Evolving Composition of Travel Departments 

  • More than half (54 percent) say the acceleration of business travel’s return has occurred “more quickly” or “much more quickly” than they expected at the beginning of the year.
  • Nearly four in five (77 percent) say that they spend “more time” or “much more time” troubleshooting traveler issues. More than half (52 percent) reporting taking “more time” or “much more time” analyzing data.
  • When asked what skill set they would seek if they could add a new team member, the convergence between customer service and data expertise is evident. Four in ten (40 percent) said customer service skills are in demand, while 35 percent seek data management expertise. 

Reshaping the Office?

  • Two-thirds (67 percent) believe that once all their offices are open, hybrid work scenarios will dominate. Only nine percent anticipate that all their colleagues will return to the office full time. 
  • Two in five respondents (40 percent) report that their companies have reduced their office space. 
  • Nearly two in five respondents (39 percent) say their company is hiring more remote workers than they did prior to the pandemic. 
  • Almost four of five travel managers (79 percent) say remote working policies boost employee morale, while 72 percent believe these policies help with talent recruitment. 

“It’s great to see that business travel is coming back. The vast majority of suppliers and travel management companies continue reporting booking increases each month. But as outlined by the survey, the evolution we’ve seen since the pandemic is driving tremendous change across the business travel ecosystem,” said GBTA CEO Suzanne Neufang. “Travel management teams now have a broader range of issues to address beyond negotiating supplier deals. The C-suite is more likely to promote the digitizing of more processes, implemention of sustainability initiatives, and steps to enhance satisfaction and security. Leaders are adjusting and taking steps to manage programs accordingly.” 

The complete survey report is available via HRS at this page, while GBTA members can download a copy of the report via the GBTA Hub

Visit gbta.org for more information.

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