Luxury Coach & Transportation

March 2015

Magazine for the professional limousine, charter and tour industry.

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NEWSMAKER Q&A ABA President Bullish On The Motorcoach Industry Limousine companies are venturing further into charter bus service to attract more clients and grow revenues. By Tom Halligan, LCT East Coast editor W ASHINGTON, D.C. — The number and variety of buses in the chauffeured transportation industry have surged since 2009, when a long recession bottomed out and the industry saw the launch of Transportation Network Companies. Motorcoaches now carry renewed clout, with newer models that offer many of the luxury features in chauf- feured vehicles and business class airline cabins. The role of Limousine, Charter & Tour Magazine along with its partner, the American Bus Association, have never been more central to limousine companies, as more and more operators add motor- coaches and mid-coaches to their feets, and some charter and tour operators meet higher group demand by adding luxury cut- away mini-buses and limo buses. LCT recently spoke at length with ABA President & CEO Peter Pantuso to discuss the latest industry developments and issues. 38 LIMOUSINE, CHARTER & TOUR MARCH 2015 WWW.LCTMAG.COM American Bus Association President Peter Pantuso plays a vital role as the leading voice of U.S. motorcoach operators in Washington, D.C.

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