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Posted on September 8th, 2017

Top 5 Cities We Visited in August and What You Need to Know

Did you know that we provide transportation worldwide? Think of us as your one-stop-shop for ground transportation wherever you travel.

We’ll be sporadically sharing all the interesting cities we’ve recently provided services! We know August isn’t yet over, but we have already found ourselves all over the world. Here are the top five cities we have serviced so far this month of August:

Seoul, South Korea
You definitely don’t have to worry about cell service in Seoul! It is a very modern city and is considered to have the best internet infrastructure and connections in the world. Make sure you put the phone away though to fully enjoy the many temples and four major palaces, including Gyeongbokgung, which is one of the largest and most famous. When sightseeing makes you hungry, check out the Samcheongdong district for traditional restaurants serving bibimbap and Korean barbecue alongside Asian fusion bistros placed in art galleries and restored houses. After dinner, there is plenty to do at night. Traditional dance and Korean opera are one form of entertainment, along with shopping at night markets, and visiting the many coffee houses and bars in the Dongdaemun district.

Sao Paulo, Brazil
Ever been to L.A.? Sao Paulo actually has a lot in common! It is a sprawling city, covering nearly 600 sq miles, and within that sprawl you will find many people and a ton of traffic. To make the most of your time, know a local! Because the city is so large, it is best to be brought around by someone who can unlock the hidden charm. The city also boasts a very diverse population, specifically Italians, Jews, and the largest Japanese population outside of Japan. This results in an abundance of delicious food you wouldn’t expect, like mortadella sandwiches, pizza, and sushi. Much like L.A., Sao Paulo also has a very vibrant nightlife, specifically baladas, or nightclubs.

Now to the differences… Sao Paulo is often overcast, which is many times accompanied by rain. Also, unlike L.A. with their many sports team, Sao Paulo is focused on one sport, soccer. They are obsessed, especially with the Corinthians. Lastly, it is recommended to take the bus when you can. There are dedicated bus lines that will get you through gridlock much quicker than any alternative.

Paris, France
Yes, you probably already are very familiar with Paris. It is a major global city, large in size and personality. Paris is known as romantic, with the ability to blend in village life and values. Food, fashion, art, and people watching are a few of the favorite pass times, and it is all grand. Enjoy an elaborate meal at a Michelin star bistro, and then luxuriate shopping at a fancy boutique. If you are a foodie, check out the opulent three-star palace restaurants Le Grand Véfour and L’Astrance, or the trendy bistronomiques Lazare, Les Petit Plats, and Spring. And of course, you must see the famous sights and attractions: Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries, Musée d’Orsay, Notre-Dame, Musée Rodin, and many more. Oh yah, and how could you forget the iconic Eiffel Tower! Art and entertainment also take shape through the ballet and opera, classic theatre, and an impressive nightlife.

Dublin, Ireland
If you find yourself in Dublin, you must make your way to the Guinness Storehouse. Yes, it is the number one tourist attraction, but the view at the top is worth it alone. (Oh, and the free beer!) Other attractions you should see, which are all walkable, are the Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, the city’s numerous parks, and Trinity College which is home to the famous Book of Kells. And if you were interested in any of the city’s national museums and galleries, they are all free! Once it’s time to eat, try and take advantage of the ‘early-bird’ special at a local pub where you can get a starter and main course for between €9 and €20. What should you order? Try the Irish stew, coddle, boxty, or fish-and-chips, and make sure you order some soda bread! Also, you must enjoy at least one traditional Irish fry-up a.k.a. breakfast.

Shanghai, China

Even though it is the world’s most populous city, Shanghai doesn’t feel it. Wandering and eating is the name of the game. Walk the promenade for views of Pǔdōng’s skyline or check out the world’s highest observation deck in Shanghai’s tallest tower. If you want a taste of nature, walk through Shanghai’s green heart, the People’s Square, where the Shanghai Museum exhibits Chinese bronzes, ceramics, and silk scroll paintings. If your focus is on eating, head to the family-run restaurants in Old City to tackle some hairy crabs. For an elegant bistro experience, enjoy pan-Asian cuisine in the French Concession. Later in the day you can check out the flaming woks and market banter at the Yunnan Lu night market, dishing up noodles, duck, and deep-fried scorpion. Sights are certainly fixed on the future, you’ll still find the glamour of the past along the Art Deco Bund and French Concession’s colonial boulevards. Oh! And don’t forget to sample barbecued squid or indulge in sweet dumplings: Qībǎo corners the market for Shànghǎi street food.

Are you traveling soon and need transportation? Whether it is a simple airport transfer, or group transportation for thousands, we can provide you the safe and reliable service you expect from us anywhere in the world. Just request a quote online or reply to this email, and we will take care of you.


Posted on July 11th, 2017

Key Information for Successful Group Transportation

Excellent Customer ServiceBehind-the-scenes we do our best to make sure you arrive to your destination safely and on time. In order to consistently provide a high level of service, we acquire key information needed to ensure a successful trip. This is especially true when transporting groups and a large number of people. Curious what information is most important? Take a look at the check list our reservationists run through when creating a group reservation:

GROUP CHECKLIST

  • Name of Group and Corporate Client
  • Dates of Event
  • Contact Person/s
  • Cell # of Contact person/s
  • Signed Group Contract
  • Group Manifest (Excel Worksheet preferred)
  • Cell #’s for all passengers
  • How long are people required to wait if they are “packaged” together?
  • If people arrive without a reservation/not on manifest and we arrange for a last minute car, there will be a surcharge to cover costs.e
  • Monitor all flights and move passengers to appropriate vehicles to eliminate additional waiting time or additional vehicles needed.
  • Who is allowed to order cars?
  • Who are the VIP’s?
  • Special requests
  • Group or Company Signage
  • Important maps (for event location staging and pick/drop areas)
  • Provide each terminal’s greeting procedures to the booker, which is then be forwarded to all passengers.
  • How many greeters are required?
  • Is an onsite dispatcher required?
  • Do bookers/passengers want instant notifications “turned on” (driver enroute, etc… for each reservation)
  • Does the contact want to be notified, even after hours, if we have a “No Show”?
  • Who are final charges sent to?

Interested in transportation for your group? Please contact us and we will provide a customized quote based on your transportation needs.


Posted on March 1st, 2017

Business Travel Plans – Detroit Michigan

Detroit RiverwakWhen traveling to Detroit on business, you will likely have some down time too. Instead of being stuck at the office or hotel, try some of our favorite places to visit in Detroit. Enjoy all that the city has to offer, with these accessible and fun downtown options.

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Posted on March 1st, 2017

Michigan Operator Believes In Running With Integrity

by Lexi Tucker Also by this author – About the author

Sue Jarvis-Zobel, President of Aristocat Transportation
Sue Jarvis, owner of Aristocat Transportation

DETROIT, Mich. — Aristocat Transportation, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, welcomes new affiliates and is happy to recommend the ones they use to others. Owner Sue Jarvis says, “It’s all about being a great partner and referring others whenever we have the opportunity.”Through years of attending industry shows, retreats, and networking events, the company has worked hard to develop an extensive affiliate network it can always count on. The key to fostering these relationships is to take time to get to know potential affiliate companies and create bonds of trust and business ethics, Jarvis says.

About 10% of their affiliate business is farm-in, while 90% is farm-out. “Our focus is on using affiliates that give our guests outstanding service, timely and correct invoicing, and preferably reciprocal work,” Jarvis explains. “But relationships take time to build, so you must understand if someone you farm-out to does not immediately send you work back.”

The business does a fair amount of large group runs it farms out, so it’s important to have great affiliates experienced in handling such clients and that can add vehicles on short notice.LCT CONNECT PROFILE HERE

To be a good affiliate, Jarvis says it’s important to prep chauffeur info the night before, update their status accurately, and send all invoices within 24 hours with accurate final billing and notes. It’s important to let an affiliate know as soon as possible if a chauffeur will be late, or if a service issue arises.

“This happens to the best of us, and communication and honesty are the key to a lasting relationship and repeat affiliate work,” she says. The company triple checks all information for each incoming affiliate reservation, and ensures its reservationists are always friendly, detail-oriented, and ready to accommodate affiliates.

Jarvis says she signed her company up for LCTConnect.com because she knew she’d reap quality affiliate connections. “I also like that we can see what kind of fleets operators have and look at their pictures.”

Her advice for selecting a quality company to affiliate with is to be selective; this operation will represent your business, after all.

“They reflect your corporate mission statement and are what your customers see and experience. Make sure you have an affiliate agreement in place and current certificates of insurance and workers compensation.”


Posted on February 15th, 2017

Use Chauffeured Transportation for Your Next Cross-State Meeting

Business TravelThere are several compelling reasons to hire a chauffeured transportation you to your next meeting that make good business sense.

One Less Thing To Worry About

Actually, there are several less things to worry about when you have your transportation handled by a car service. For one, leaving traffic worries and navigation concerns to a professional allows you to arrive at your meeting less flustered and stressed. A professional driver knows in advance what types of traffic to expect, how long a trip is going to take and the most effective route to get to the destination. In addition, when flying into Detroit Metro Airport, your driver is experienced to know the ins and outs of the entire metro area.

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