Once you’ve packed your bags, printed the proposal deck, cleared security, secured overhead bin space and then flown across the country – that last mile can be the toughest. Ground transportation may not be the sexiest part about business travel, but it’s a necessity and an important piece that gets us all where we need to be. Without it, we would simply hang out in airports! What are some of the ways Travel Leaders Group’s corporate travelers get to their final destination? Here’s what some of our land-based partners are doing to make sure our travelers make their flights, meetings and client dinners:
This global leader in chauffeured transportation has deep roots in the transportation industry. Founded in 1921, Carey and Embarque serve over 1,000 cities worldwide with a 99.9% safety record. It's also the executive traveler's top choice, and this vendor also provides extensive logistics support for meetings, events and road shows. They won the 2018 Women’s Choice Award for car services and the Travvy award for best chauffeured transportation provider. Recently implementations include an integration with Concur, and a direct booking app for travel agents called CES Direct. Carey continues to grow its global footprint, with a new franchise expansion in Nashville. “With the dust finally settling around the ‘sharing economy’ in the ground transportation segment, we are seeing our sales improve; proving that our unwavering commitment to innovation, safety, and Duty of Care is just as important today as it was nearly 100 years ago,” said Matthew McGrath, VP of Corporate Sales.
With over $22 billion in revenue, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo and National Car Rental combine to make a behemoth of a travel supplier with nearly 10,000 locations in 90 countries. Their business has expanded beyond the simple car rental into a multi-mode offering that includes trucks, fleets of vehicles, CarShare, RideShare and even sales. They are laser focused on the future with an agreement with Voyage, a self-driving technology startup to manage its fleet. With accolades from Travel + Leisure and BTN, this agency is a favorite of corporate travelers. “Over the years, Enterprise has been proud to provide people around the world with flexible, convenient solutions to their transportation needs, and we’ll continue to play an important role in shaping the mobility solutions of the future,” said David Grace, Vice President Global Sales for Enterprise. “But as we do that, we’ll never lose sight of what’s been at the heart of our success from the beginning – exceptional, personalized service that exceeds our customers’ expectations every time.”
With its stated mission to “improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation,” Lyft has lofty goals. The second entry into the emerging ridesharing sector has about one million riders daily with coverage over 96% of the United States. Its signature pink logo attracts female riders who may be turned off by Uber’s bro culture. In an interesting twist, Lyft acquired a bike-share company, Motivate, which operates and occupies valuable real estate in some of the country’s biggest cities.
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