Luxury Coach & Transportation

November 2018

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SALES & MARKETING Rising East Coast Markets Pack Potential For Luxury Operators The latest stats show plenty of interesting places to find clients throughout the Eastern third of the U.S. By Lexi Tucker and Martin Romjue, LCT editors W hen you look at city rank- ings across multiple sources and benchmarks, you derive a broader view of those markets that carry more potential for luxury ground transportation business. For this year's East Show issue, we looked at how cities in the Eastern U.S. stacked up, based on population, economies, growth, meetings, and visitors. Getting beyond the obvious eternal mega-markets like New York, Washington, Boston, and Miami, we chose vibrant cities on the lists with ris- ing appeal, and then asked operators in these areas for an on-the-ground view of what's driving their business. e five "top" most interesting and up-and-coming Eastern markets based on a cross-section of picks below are: Atlanta, Philadelphia, Orlando, Raleigh, N.C., and Richmond, Va. 1 6 WWW.LCTMAG.COM LUXURY COACH & TRANSPORTATION NOVEMBER 2018 The 10 Big U.S. Cities With the Fastest- Growing Economies (2017) Economies are built by buying, selling, and people working to pay their bills. Employment growth can be seen in the cities and areas immediately surrounding them listed below. Of the 10 cities mentioned, these are where the East Coast cities fell on the list. 2. Orlando, Fla. 4. Charlotte, N.C. 7. Raleigh, N.C. 8. Jacksonville, Fla. Source: Forbes America's Fastest-Growing Cities (2018) Forbes looked at growth of population, employment, wages, and economic output to compile a list of the fastest-growing cities in America this year. Out of the 25 metro areas experiencing the biggest overall surges, 10 East Coast cities made the list. 4. Orlando, Kissimmee, and Sanford, Fla. 9. Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Fla. 12. West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Fla. 13. North Port, Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla. 14. Lakeland, Winter Haven, Fla. 15. Raleigh, N.C. 16. Jacksonville, Fla. 19. Charlotte, Concord, Gastonia, N.C. and S.C. 20. Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach, Fla. 23. Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Fla. Source: Forbes The Most Visited Cities In The US (2018) These popular U.S. cities are known for their unique attractions, dynamic nightlife scenes, cosmopolitan natures, and attractive shopping destinations. This is where East Coast cities ranked on the list. 1. New York, N.Y. - 59.7 million visitors 3. Atlanta, Ga. - 51 million visitors 5. Orlando, Fla. - 48 million visitors 8. Philadelphia, Pa. - 42 million visitors Source: World Atlas

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