limo during coronavirus
Sep 01

COVID-19 And How Limo Businesses Are Adapting

Limo Business Corner

It’s fair to say that all business and industries, from the service sector to manufacturing and everywhere in-between have been affected to some degree by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking first-hand, one of those hit hardest is the limo businesses of the world.

Typically used as transportation for entertainment, special occasions, or business travel, our limos are now sitting idle as call volume from these sources have essentially dried up with little relief in sight.

While the outlook is grim today, we are hopeful that slow improvements will materialize as the country and the world tries to claws back their respective economies.

When an upturn does happen, the limo industry may look a bit different than what is was in 2019. Here’s some of our thought on the subject…

Cut Down In Services

Usually, limo services are booked by various clients who don’t just need to be transferred from one point to another but also to have fun.

Limousines are great additions to weddings, parties, night outs, game nights, proms, club-hopping, and other leisurely activities.

However, limiting such social events has also lead to the decline of those booking limousine services for entertainment. 

Limo Services Are Still Available

Even if there is a pandemic, a lot of limo businesses are still accepting clients. Mostly, they pick up and drop off clients to and from the airport. Some clients also hired limousines for their personal use. What’s great about hiring a limousine service is that you don’t have to use transportation used by the public, which may feel a lot safer when it comes to the virus. 

Additionally, limo services are doing their part in the prevention of the spread of the virus. There are protocols being followed such as proper cleaning and disinfecting of the vehicle between each and every trip. Also, physical barriers between the driver and passenger may also be added to better ensure safety. 

All drivers or chauffeurs are checked and screened before allowing them to drive their passengers. Their temperatures are checked and they are required to wear protective gear like a mask while providing their services. 

In case a group of passengers is to be serviced, limo businesses could also suggest social distancing. The seats can be marked so that the passengers would stay apart all throughout the trip. 

Conclusion

Although the pandemic has affected the limo businesses, they are still here to provide their services. They have adapted and added necessary procedures to ensure the safety of not only their passengers but their employees as well.

Although there is a decline in the clients, many limo businesses are still looking forward to the growing number of clients as less strict protocols are being enforced by the government. Surely, in the future, limo businesses will once again flourish just like they did before the pandemic. 

limo for special occasions
Jun 16

Limos: The Go-To Ride For Special Occasions

Special Occassions

Riding a limousine just makes you feel good.

There is a sense of luxury and elegance when you ride such vehicles. Although most of us wish we can get to ride them every day, it is really not realistic for all people.

However, we can certainly make exceptions for special occasions in our lives. Many people also do and here are the most common special occasions when people hire a limousine:

Wedding Day

Weddings and elopements are the most common special occasions that Limousines are hired for. It is an occasion that would be remembered for decades and for many, it only happens once in their lifetime. It is a great way to drive yourself to the reception in style. Riding a limousine is also provides a grand entrance for the wedding ceremony. 

The best thing about it is having someone else drive for you. It gives a certain feeling of elegance that a chauffeur drives the limo and even opens the door for you. They can also be part of your wedding photos.

Some limousine companies even give a special package when you use their services for weddings. Some give a bottle of champagne and some strawberries as a sign of good wishes for your special day. 

Bachelor or Bachelorette Party

Aside from weddings, many limousine clients also hire this luxurious ride for bachelor or bachelorette parties. Limousines can be used to take you from one party to another. If you decide to go clubbing on the night of the party, you can hire the limousine for the night and they can take you to as many clubs as you’d like to go. 

The best thing about this is that everyone gets to fit and ride inside the limousine. Even if you drink a little bit too much, you won’t have to worry about driving any vehicle. Sometimes, parties can also be done inside the limousine itself. Some people just have the chauffeur drive them around the city while they party and have fun in the limousine. 

Prom Night

Prom night is a night to remember especially for those in their teenage years. It is the biggest night in high school and many would love to ride and arrive with an impact. A limousine is a perfect fit for this special occasion. 

Best of all, you don’t have to pay a lot to have your dreams of arriving in a limousine come true. You can simply gather your group of friends and decide to share the bill. That way, you and your friends can arrive in style in a limousine.

You can even hire the limo for the whole night so you and your friends can have a ride for the after-parties. You may even have the after-party in the limousine. 

Graduation Day

Graduation isn’t only a special day for the students but it is a day to celebrate for parents too. Limousine rides will simply make you feel extra special. The limousine can take you, your family as well as your friends to the reception of your graduation party. What a great way to celebrate. 

A Special Holiday

Holidays may mean no work for some people but there are many limousine companies that are hired for such days. Some of them would include New Year’s Eve. Parties to welcome the new year are abundant at New Year’s eve and if you find yourself in need to go from one party to another in style, hiring a limousine will certainly do the trick. 

Another holiday to hire limousines is Valentine’s Day. Whether you want to surprise or impress your date, hiring a limousine as your ride will surely have an impact.

To start with your elegant dinner date, you can pick your date up in a limousine. It is certainly spontaneous and a surprise. Plus, even if there’s a lot of traffic, you and your date wouldn’t really mind as you enjoy riding the limousine.

Family Vacation Time

Visiting a new city can bring excitement to the whole family. Better enjoy your time during your vacation by visiting different must-see sites while riding a limousine. The limousine can certainly fit the whole family plus you don’t have to drive around the new city and get lost. The chauffeur can navigate for you and wait for you until you finish one attraction after the other. As a bonus, the local driver can even recommend places to see. 

An Anniversary

Are you celebrating your 25th wedding anniversary? Any momentous milestone in the married life is a cause for celebration. You and the family can certainly celebrate with an evening out or a day trip around town on a limousine.

You may even decide to watch a sporting event or a concert that you both enjoy. A limousine will just make things extra special. You can even set-up a day in the limousine riding to the important places in your relationship. This can help you reminisce about the years you’ve shared together. 

woman in limo
Feb 20

Why You Should Hire A Limo For Airport Transport

Limo Services

There’s a saying that goes, you should never mix business with pleasure. However, having the pleasure to ride a limo for your business trip may be the best route to take. A limo service doesn’t just provide pleasure, it is also a very efficient and reliable way to travel. That’s the reason why more and more people are getting a limo service for various reasons.

Whether you are here for business or for vacation, you’ll certainly benefit well when you hire a limo for airport transport. Here are the reasons why:

Safety And Peace Of Mind

Whether you’ve already been here or it’s your first time, your safety should always be a priority. You’d want to return back home safe and sound. With limo services, a professional chauffeur takes you to where you need to go. With the combination of their experience and knowledge, you can rest easy and have peace of mind while you travel. 

Limo services are considered luxurious. That’s also the reason why the chauffers are carefully screened. Companies won’t just get anyone who can drive. They still need to pass background checks as well. 

Local Driver Knowledge

When you get a limo service, you also tap into the local diver knowledge. Drivers who are local are more familiar with the routes, conditions of the roads, alternative ways as well as problems that arise due to different factors affecting the locality. 

Local driver knowledge is very important because it helps get you to where you are supposed to go on time. They are more reliable in making sure you don’t miss your flight. Also, the chances of getting lost are almost non-existent or very minimal. 

Fixed Price

Have you ever experienced using ridesharing companies at peak hours? Then you’ll know about the surge pricing that they have. It’s understandable that the demand during those times is high but it can still be heartbreaking to discover how much you’d have to pay for their service due to the surge pricing.

With limo services, the fees you need to pay are constant and fixed. It is very possible that the amount you pay for is more expensive than taking a cab but do take note that you’ll be riding a luxurious limo with this service. The great thing about limo services is that you can prepare for the fee you are to pay in advance. You don’t get surprised with the fare you need to pay because it has already been laid out to you. 

Impeccable Experience

Many consider a limo service for airport transport as luxurious and it is. Not only in terms of the vehicle you are riding but also the experience. A chauffeur will wait for you and greet you at the airport. There is just something that feels good when a friendly face gives you a welcome after a tiring flight.

Also, the comfort level that a limo provides can re-energize you. If you are here for a business meeting or a corporate event, the ride from the airport to your hotel or meeting place may be enough to make you feel relaxed and ready for the day ahead. You can certainly stretch your legs comfortably inside a limo to relax.

Parking Isn’t A Problem

Finding a parking spot can be a problem if you bring your vehicle to the airport. Also, you need to remember where you parked after coming back several days after your trip. This can be a tiring and frustrating experience. Save yourself the headache and hire a limo service instead. 

Final Words

Limo service for airport transport isn’t just for luxury and pleasure. There are many benefits you get out of it. There’s ensuring your safety, reaching your destination, paying a fixed price for the service, having a good experience and avoiding parking problems. All these will eventually lead you to have a better experience whether your here for business or pleasure. 

success checklist
Nov 27

Checklist To A Successful Limo Business

Limo Business Corner

Most people will equate the word “limousine” to luxury. And why not, riding in one makes you feel indulgent and extravagant.

Such a luxurious service is indeed demanding for limousine business owners. This is because you have to deliver a taxi service and include the utmost comfort with it.

Through those challenges, a limousine business can still stay afloat and thrive in the market.

There are just a few things to keep in mind for a successful limo business…

Reliable Drivers

As for a business that offers luxury taxi service, you should make sure that you also have reliable drivers. They meet clients face to face so they should make a good impression. Don’t just hire anyone who can drive, but screen your drivers and find those who have experience and a great attitude. 

Training Program For Drivers

Even if you hire experienced limousine drivers, you should still make sure that you have a training program for them. This is to make sure that they do their job as you wish them to do and not as they used to do with their previous company. Training will also help them stay on track with your goals.

Insurance Coverage

Insurance is also a very important part of your service. Make sure you have insurance even before you serve your first customer. Get a full insurance coverage so that you’ll be prepared in case any accident or incident occurs. 

Limo Software

Limo software will help improve your service. It can help you dispatch limousines, track your employees, create routes, create customer invoices and many others.

Regular Audits

The only way to figure out if you are making profits or losses is to do regular audits. Don’t lose track and schedule annual audits. There are even some apps and software that make audits easier.

Connection With Clients

A successful business doesn’t only have one-time clients. They have repeat clients and this is because of the connection with them. You already have their contact and you are already connected with them so make that connection more lively. The simplest way to do this is through social media platforms.

Marketing Strategy

Whether you plan a traditional marketing plan or something more digital, a marketing strategy is essential to any business. It introduces you to possible clients and makes you more accessible to the public. Creating a website is a great idea because you’ll be easily searchable online.

Properly Maintained Vehicles

Proper maintenance should always be done to your limousines. They are expensive and considered as an investment so you should know how to take care of them. Solving a minor problem with those vehicles early on can prevent you from further repair costs. 

Keep Up With The Trends

Trends in the limousine business do exist and you should be able to keep up with them. Do your research and look at what others are doing that’s working. Some may invest in new technology or vehicles.

sweet 16 party
Aug 09

Sweetest Tips For Your Teen’s 16th Birthday Party

Special Occassions

Celebrating your teenager’s 16th birthday is a milestone and a highly anticipated occasion, not only for the teen, but for the parents as wellAs a parent, planning this eventful date can involve a lot of mixed emotions. There are lots of things to do and decide no matter how big or how small the party is.

Don’t fret because we’re here to help. Below are surefire tips on how to make a sweet 16 party a whole lot sweeter:

Set A Budget

Setting your budget blindly will spell disaster for the party. The right way to set a budget is to first have a picture in your mind about the party you plan to have. If you push through a budget that is clearly too small for the kind of party you want for your daughter, then you’ll just get disappointed.

You have to set your expectations with the budget that you plan to spend. That means sacrificing some things and settling for more affordable alternatives. There are two ways to work around the budget. Either lower your expectations to meet your budget or increase your budget to meet your expectations.

So before you set your budget, it is best to know how much it costs to achieve the party you plan to have. In that way, you’ll have a realistic budget for the party you want to have.

Choose The Date And Time

The date of the sweet 16 party can come before, after or exactly on your daughter’s 16th birthday. When choosing a date, consider the guests too. Having the party at night before a school day isn’t advisable.

You’d also want to consider special events and holidays. It’s not best to set the party on New Year’s Eve because many are also busy celebrating with their own families.

Pick A Theme

A theme is a great way to add fun to your party. You can show off the celebrator’s interest, hobbies or style with the theme you choose. You may even ask your guest to dress up according to the theme.

There are lots of themes to choose from. Some of the most popular once are princess themed, masquerade, candy theme, beach theme, and Hollywood theme. The theme could also revolve around colors like a black and pink theme, Tiffany blue theme, or gold and white theme.

Select The Party’s Location

If most of the guests live nearby, it is best to choose a local location to make it more convenient for them to attend. You can have the party at the local hotel ballrooms, parks, dance clubs, restaurants, or your backyard.

If you would like to have a destination party, you can. Not all may be able to attend so it would be great if you can provide a car service that can take them to and from the party destination.

Book The Entertainment

Liven up the party with some great entertainment. Avoid dull moments by hiring a live band or you can also play awesome music while the guests dine. Influence them to dance and enjoy with great lighting that goes well with the music.

A sweet 16 party is not only limited to music. There are also fun activities and surprises that everyone would enjoy. Also, don’t forget to squeeze in a cheesy moment when the celebrator or her parents can give a message.

A Limo For A Grand Entrance

The celebrator’s grand entrance is the moment when all eyes are on her. What better way to make the entrance grand than to arrive riding a limousine. Limousine services aren’t only limited to getting you to and from the airport, they are also available for special occasions like this.

Taste The Menu

If you decide to hire a caterer, it’s best to taste the menu first so that you can make sure that the guests will enjoy their food. On the other hand, you can also choose home-cooked meals for the party.

When choosing the food to be served, make sure to have finger foods so that the guests can easily mingle with others while eating. Don’t forget the cake and you can even add more cupcakes.

Decide On Party Favors

Another thing you should decide on is the party favor that guests get to take with them after the party. It can be an edible party favor or not. When choosing a party favor, make sure that it also goes well with the theme.

You can even have a photo booth where guests can take the photo home as a souvenir. Although there will certainly be a lot of selfies, a photo booth is where they can take wacky group photos with various props.

limo for sporting events
Jul 14

Hire A Limo Service For You Next Sporting Event

Limo Services

It’s no question that taking in a sports event in Texas is a big deal to many people. To us it’s like we’re on vacation, if just for a very short period of time.

It’s also clear that driving in and around Dallas / Fort Worth can be a nightmare.

So why not take that stress out of the occasion and hire a limo service on your next game.

Here’s some solid reasons why…

Be On Time

Hiring a limo service from a reputable company helps ensure that you get to watch the sporting event of your choice from start to finish. Chauffeurs are knowledgeable about local traffic situations and can calculate how much time it would likely take for them to get you to various sporting locations.

Furthermore, chauffeurs are also reliable when it comes to finding routes to your destination. They may know shortcuts or parallel roads that won’t be as packed as the main roads.

Ride With Comfort

Using a limo service also makes sure you are comfortable all the way to the stadium and back. The seats are comfortable, the temperature is adjustable and there is more than enough leg room inside the vehicle.

In addition to that, you won’t have to literally rub elbows with strangers in a limo service. You get the limousine all for yourself or you can choose who you want to take with you.

Don’t Worry About Parking

One of the things that you’d also have to worry about when driving your own vehicle to a sporting event is your parking space. You’d have to be early to find a parking spot or you risk being late for the game. It can also be very difficult to find an available parking spot especially when your watching a major game.

The beauty of hiring a limo service is that you don’t have to worry about the parking. Chauffeurs will park for you or they can also drop you off and then pick you up after the game. Either way, you won’t have to worry about the vehicle while you watch and enjoy the game.

Have A Party On The Road

Wouldn’t it be more fun if you can watch the game with your buddies? While at it, why not have a party before or after the game in a limousine. You can drink, dance, sing, enjoy music, tell stories, exchange opinions about the game or do anything you like at your limo party.

Ensure Your Safety

When you have a chauffeur as your designated driver, you can drink all you want without worrying about driving the vehicle. You can enjoy the party without having to worry whether you can come back to your hotel. The chauffeur can drive you around town while you enjoy. Limo service drivers are professionals and they are careful drivers too.

Experience Luxury

When we talk about limousines, we can’t help but think about luxury. A limo service can provide this luxurious experience and you can even choose the type of vehicle to use. Depending on the number of passengers, there will be a variety of options for different group sizes.

Fancy a bottle of champagne on your way to the event? Limo services can make that happen. There are a variety of packages and inclusions to choose from so you can make your experience more memorable.

Conclusion

Limo services aren’t limited to special occasions or events. You can benefit well from this kind of service even when your going to a sporting event. Make it more memorable for you and your buddies the next time you watch your favorite game. Book for limo services today but make sure you select a reputable company.

Limousine and Owner-Operator
Mar 28

How Your Limousine Business Can Survive In The Ride-Sharing Era

Limo Business Corner

As you’re probably well-aware as a limousine business owner, one of your top competitors now is the ride-sharing businesses.

And while they no-boubt taken some business from the limo industry, they’ve haven’t managed to elimiate the limousine businesses out of the transportation scene.

Luckily us limo business have got one thing they don’t have – CLASS!

For those limo services willing to put in the extra work, there’s a difinitive niche that we can take advantage of to survive and even prosper.

Here’s how WE do it…

Dressed To Impress

You’re most likely to find ride-sharing drivers wearing casual outfits. On the other hand, Limousine drivers like to present themselves in a professional way that’s why they dress up. Looking clean and formal they come pick you up dressed from head to toe.

Make sure your drivers look professional and are dressed in formal attire. People are most likely to hire a limousine for a special event so make them feel more special by letting them meet a well dressed driver.

Manners Matter

It’s not like those who drive a ride-sharing car have no manners but Limousine drivers are just trained to act more professionally. Limousine drivers will start with a courteous greeting then follow by opening the passenger door for their passengers.

This small gesture counts so make sure you train the drivers to do them for every passenger assigned to them. Having a driver open the door for you helps makes you feel more special and that’s the kind of service you’d expect from a limousine service.

Fight Fire With Fire

Ride-sharing companies work through an app to make them easily accessible to passengers. Similarly some limousine companies also have apps so they can easily be accessible.

Using the technology available today can help your limousine business survive and thrive in today’s world. Furthermore, it can even help you grow your limo business.

Sep 19

Brief History Of Texas State Capitol

We Love Texas

Austin wasn’t always the capital of the State of Texas. In 1839 it replaced Houston as the capital. It got its name Austin from the first Secretary of the State Stephen F Austin. After the establishment of the University of Texas and the reconstruction of Texas State Capitol in the late 1800s, it became more famous politically and education wise.

Here is a brief history of the Texas State Capitol

Brief History:

The capitol building as we see today is actually a result of a series of remodeling and renovating work. The original structure was built in the year 1853, which was (almost completely) destroyed by the great Capitol Fire in 1881. The restoration work, however, began quickly with Elijah E Myers as chief architect and Ruben Lindsay as the chief civil engineer.

The Capitol Land Board was responsible for overseeing the reconstruction work. The board asked for design and proposal submissions from all over the country and finalized the design received by Elijah. Elijah did not propose the circular design of the dome of the Texas State Capitol, it was proposed by the Capitol Land Board. The reconstruction of the State Capitol Building was granted 22 acres of land.

The reconstruction work began quickly in 1882 but was stopped again because of an electric fire. The process slowed down and what was supposed to take a couple of years took 6 years to complete.

Inspiration From Washington DC

Texas State Capitol is inspired from the Capitol Building in Washington, which in turn is actually modeled after Cathedral building in London. The cornerstone of the building was laid in 1885 and was opened to the general public in 1888. What most of us are unaware of is the fact that most of the material was purchased and produced locally including the granite material, which gives Capitol building a really nice look at twilight.

And as they say, everything is bigger in Texas; the Goddess of liberty statue is 2.13 meters higher than the actual statue of liberty.

All the 150 members of Texas House of Representatives meet in the Texas State Capitol and that is happening since 1888. Before 1922 the House of Representatives used to have a vocal voting system, which was later replaced by a computerized system. During the battle of San Jacinto, in 186, a flag was saved, which is still used in the house today. The original flag is so fragile that it is only used during a legislative session. A look-alike flag is used in its place during normal hours.

Texas State Capitol also has an office for the Governor of Texas. It has been there since 1876 and currently it is on the 2nd floor. It’s a huge office with space dedicated for the Governor’s staff as well.

Texas State Capitol building is free to visit for general public 7 days a week. For security reasons, the hours of the visit may vary. It is a great piece of architecture and history and a must-see if you are in Austin.

Texas State Capitol Address

Jun 14

Eliminating The Stress of Getting to The Airport

Special Occassions

Planned your dream vacation to get away with all those tensions that have been hovering around you for a long time? Getting out of your typical routine washes off every bit of pressure but are you ready to kick-start the journey. Majority cancel out the plans just because they can’t handle the airport exposure as its filled with too many duties for a single person to handle. That’s why many end up with anxiety and sudden health disorders.

Although for many travelers a trip is actually thrilling as it should be as you are about to explore a whole new world but that isn’t the case with everyone. Many can’t handle the stress of handling everything on their own as you are in charge of a whole lot of responsibilities when you are getting to the airport. Stress management skills are essential for every person out there as you need to stay calm and keep your senses alive when you are about to hit the airport for kick-starting your journey.

Let’s dive straight into our 101 stress management class before your trip fails terribly!

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Apr 01

How To Choose The Best Limo Services For a Business Trip

Limo Services

When you are on a business trip, it is always important to make that first right impression on clients and customers. Renting a limo can help you establish that impression.
This will also ensure that you reach on meetings and other appointments on time. To reap full benefits of a limousine service, you need to make sure that you hire the right company. With so many options to choose from, it often becomes a daunting task to choose the right one.
In this article, we will talk about some of the considerations a business traveler should take when deciding on which limo company to choose.

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