- Category: Industry News
Motor Coach Industries (MCI) has announced that Colorado-based Sunset Luxury Limousine has taken delivery of five J4500 coaches, which is among the manufacturer’s best-selling coaches. MCI is a subsidiary of NFI Group (NFI), a leading independent bus and coach manufacturer and a leader in electric mass mobility solutions.
Sunset Luxury Limousine, a 35-year-old company operating in the Denver metropolitan area, has one of the largest and most diverse fleets in the state. Besides its latest coach additions within the last eight months, the fleet includes super-stretch SUVs, sedans, vans, and Sprinters. Its clients include corporate events, weddings, airport transfers, and special occasions.
The new J4500 vehicles are equipped with state-of-the-art features and amenities, including plush seating, ample legroom, panoramic windows for breathtaking views, onboard entertainment systems, and modern restroom facilities, according to MCI.
"We are thrilled to add these new MCI coaches to our fleet," said Sunset Owner Darren Weidenhamer. "Our clients deserve nothing but the best, and these coaches represent the pinnacle of luxury travel. They provide superior comfort and sophistication, and we are confident that our clients will be delighted with this addition to our fleet."
"We are excited to see the positive impact of our MCI coaches on Sunset Luxury Limousine's business in the Denver market," said MCI Vice President of Private Sector Sales and Marketing Brent Maitland. "As a recent first-time coach buyer, Sunset Luxury Limousine has entrusted us with their motorcoach fleet upgrade, and we are committed to providing them with comprehensive training, aftermarket parts, service, and support to ensure that their coaches operate reliably. At the recent Chauffeur Driven and National Limousine Association’s national convention in Las Vegas, we showcased one of Sunset Luxury Limousine's new J4500 coaches, and it was exciting to see attendees marvel at its luxury and features. We are proud to be part of Sunset Luxury Limousine's success story and look forward to continued collaboration."
In addition to the newest safety features and advanced driver assistance system, MCI J4500 motor coaches feature clean-diesel technology and comply with the 2021 Environmental Protection Agency X12 engine low emission standards.
For more information about MCI products, visit mcicoach.com. Visit sunsetlimo.com for more information about Sunset Luxury Limousine.
- Category: Industry News
Create-A-Card, a marketing solutions provider of the transportation industry is excited to announce the kickoff of its year-long 37th anniversary celebration. Since 1986, Create-A-Card has been a trusted partner in helping businesses achieve their marketing goals through innovative designs and exceptional customer service.
As Create-A-Card celebrates this significant milestone, Founders Arthur and Kathleen Messina are excited to announce the launch of a new website, which showcases a portfolio of work that illustrates the breadth and depth of its capabilities. The new site highlights examples of Create-A-Card's work for clients across a range of industries, including events like trade shows, street fairs, golf outings, and much more. The company is excited to serve clients in this growing trend of events and has customized its offerings to meet the unique needs of these events.
"We're thrilled to celebrate 37 years of marketing excellence and the launch of our new website," said Kathleen Messina. "We've built our business on a commitment to exceptional customer service and delivering innovative solutions that help our clients achieve their marketing goals. Our new website showcases our capabilities and is a testament to our commitment to staying at the forefront of the industry."
Under the visionary leadership of the Messinas with the Create-A-Card team, the company has earned worldwide recognition for their award-winning designs and commitment to helping clients build their brand in the most optimal way. With a diverse and extensive product line—ranging from printing, promotional items, custom apparel, and show display materials—the company strives to fit every budget and stays up to date with the latest technology. Create-A-Card is constantly researching new and diverse products from multiple vendors to provide the best solutions for its clients.
Create-A-Card invites everyone to visit the site and explore the possibilities for their marketing needs. The company says they are committed to providing its clients with the best solutions to build their brand and achieve their marketing goals.
Visit createacardinc.com for more information.
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No longer stuck in a recovery phase, business travel leaders and providers are looking ahead at its evolution to reflect the monumental changes that have happened over the past three years. That is according to the Global Business Travel Association’s latest Business Travel Outlook Poll, which examines the intersection of the changing needs of travelers, the continued impact of rebuilding the workforce (especially within managed travel), as well as the airlines’ adoption of new model—New Distribution Capability (NDC)—that could directly affect those who book through managed travel. This may be a bit in the weeds for our industry, but just know that travel managers are either loving or hesitant about the adoption of NDC because it’s still a work in progress, with a full 20 percent of respondents unfamiliar with the model altogether. The poll explores this in greater detail, which you can read here.
According to report data, the global business travel industry is on its way to meeting an estimated $1.158 trillion in travel spending in 2023. However, there are challenges, especially due to the difficulty in securing staff, with 58 percent reporting that they continue to experience labor shortages or recruit challenges in some capacity. Sectors that respondents cite having the biggest challenges are hotels (59 percent), TMCs (43 percent), restaurants (37 percent), airports (28 percent), and aviation (27 percent).
Where Travel Spending Stands
- Travel buyers estimate their companies’ current domestic business travel bookings have returned to 72 percent of 2019 pre-pandemic levels (up from 67 percent in GBTA’s January 2023 poll). Buyers also estimate their company’s current domestic business travel spend is 74 percent of 2019 levels (up from 68 percent in January).
- International business travel also continues to make its return. Travel buyers estimate their international bookings have recovered to 63 percent (up from 54 percent in January), and their current spending is back to 66 percent (up from 58 percent).
Business Travel Experience Raises Concerns
- When asked to rate their recent business travel experience, most respondents say it was somewhat (31 percent) or very (29 percent) pleasant.
- However, half of those surveyed say concerns about travel disruptions—such as canceled or delayed flights, long security lines, crowded airports, or long bag check lines—has somewhat (41 percent) or greatly (9 percent) reduced their willingness to travel for work.
- Travel managers most frequently hear business traveler complaints from employees about delayed (76 percent) or canceled (72 percent) flights, long call wait times with TMCs (62 percent) or travel suppliers (52 percent), and poor hotel service quality (46 percent).
GBTA received a total of 803 responses from across North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific for the poll which was fielded April 10-21, 2023.
Visit gbta.org for more information.