Welcome to VIP Limousine's new blog! The old site had some issues, so we have decided to start from scratch with The Driven Better Difference. If you haven't read our content before, then welcome! If you have before, let's recap.
VIP Limousine was started in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1989. Since the founding date, the company has grown to be the largest limousine service in the Intermountain West, with 7 limos and a growing black car service. In 30 years, we have been fortunate to work with a wide variety of clientele, ranging from local prom and quinceañera groups to the corporate elite and entertainers from around the world. These also include our wonderful affiliates such as Windy City Limousine, Elite Limo Plus, Pontarelli Companies, Avalon Chauffeured Services, and The BLS Company. We prioritize safety, comfort, and service across the state of Utah.
As part of our commitment to continually improve our services, I attended the 2019 International LCT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, hosted by LCT Luxury Coach and Transportation at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. This event is a great opportunity for networking with other operators, checking on industry trends around the globe, and seeing the latest and greatest from the livery manufacturers.
The State of the Industry session discussed current trends and competition from rideshare services, as well as growing market segments and new areas for targeting business. Following this speech, Jon Taffer of Bar Rescue gave the keynote address, and touched on his own experiences in chauffeured vehicles as a passenger. He offered some clever business insights and service suggestions which we are taking to heart.
Following these highlighting events, the attention turned to the expo floor, an open forum with a variety of company booths consisting of operators, manufacturers, coachbuilders, insurance providers, software companies, and much more. In the mix are all of the other attendees, typically operators from around the world. The convention has a global presence, as evinced by the companies from Brazil, Argentina, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, France, Germany, Russia, Mexico, Canada, the UK, and others. In all, VIP Limousine networked with about 3 dozen different companies providing a variety of services around the world, let alone within the United States.
Following this open forum event, we went up to the penthouse suite at Mandalay Bay to connect with BLS, who put on a party for their affiliates. An opportunity to continue meeting other companies, it also gave us a chance to catch up with their management team to stay current on their business. We're very grateful to be working alongside such a fine company and family.
One of the fun parts about this convention is then going out onto the floor to check out new offerings from manufacturers. Ford, Lincoln, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Volvo all had displays front and center, featuring everything from award-winning full-size SUVs to sleek new sedans, from redesigned passengers vans to stretch limousines. Taking up even more real estate were the coachbuilders; not only was event sponsor Grech Motors on hand with a huge variety of buses, there were also exhibits from Royale, Springfield, Tiffany Limousine, and Executive Coach Builders. There were a couple of other boutique manufacturers on hand with some custom creations, including a convertible sight-seeing Sprinter van!
As my first limo show, it was productive, invigorating, exciting, and has given our company some new ideas. Stay tuned for exciting developments to help celebrate our 30th anniversary! And if you haven't seen my Vegas vlog, check it out in the video above.