At Elite Parking, we like to stay informed about industry trends including technology. The challenges the parking industry faces may differ significantly around the globe, but technology is bridging the gaps. The Global Parking Association Leaders (GPALs) Summit, a group comprised of parking associations from around the world, recently took a survey that involved parking professionals from 21 countries. The results revealed some basic similarities along with a few country-specific differences.

Miami breaks tourism records in 2018

Despite of hurricane Irma in late September 2017, Miami came out on top with a record-breaking 16 million visitors between late 2017 and mid-2018.

That same increase drove up the amount of overnight visitors, which made destination sites, hotels and shopping centers hit a record-breaking $26.5 billion in expenditures, which was an increase  of more than two percent compared to the same time frame between 2016 and early 2017.

According to the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Greater Miami’s travel and tourism industry, hotel performance revenue per available room, grew by more than 10 percent over the same time period. Leisure business is at the top of that growth and that increase will expand with the completion of the Miami Beach Convention Center, which remained closed to conventions during the construction process.

After undergoing a $620-million renovation process, the center will once again host citywide conventions.

“With the addition of MBCC as a destination for business travelers and those visiting the show, Miami is poised to benefit from further economic growth generated by the meetings industry. Even professionals within the parking industry are seeing the impact of this type of growth and the need for dependable parking logistic solutions,” said Elite Parking Managing Partner Ruben Perez-Sanchez.

According to the conventions bureau, the convention center serves as an anchor for the Miami’s meetings and conventions industry.

The expanded MBCC includes a new 60,000 square-foot-grand-ballroom, 500,000 feet of exhibit space, 84 breakout rooms, and a new six-acre public park to serve as incremental event space.

“This type of tourism expansion will fuel more growth in hospitality jobs for the community, including the parking industry,” added Sanchez.

February Employee of the Month

Elite Parking wants to congratulate Jesivan Seijas Morao for receiving February’s employee of the month. He started his career with Elite just two years ago and is currently a valet parking attendant at Marea Condominium, a luxury property located in South Beach’s south of fifth area. He brings many years of customer service experience to the position.

As a valet parking professional, he handles all areas including: managing traffic and parking control within the property; assisting guests in their parking needs; making sure to provide each guest with excellent service; maintaining vehicle counts and log sheets for the parking facility. Morao is a team leader when it comes to providing guests with “white glove service” and upholding the properties exceptional standards.

Morao is a native of Venezuelan, but moved to Miami just over three years ago. He wants to continue to pursue his education towards earning a degree.

Elite assumes parking management contract for COMO Metropolitan

Elite is excited to announce the recent additional of their newest property COMO Metropolitan. The boutique hotel is located in the heart of the city’s Art Deco district on 2445 Collins Avenue, close to Miami’s South Beach. It is within walking distance of Lincoln Road Shopping and entertainment district, the Bass Museum of Art, and the New World Center. Wynwood arts and dining district is just a 10 minute car ride away.

“We are dedicated to not only providing “white glove service” to hotel guests, but those visiting the hotel’s restaurant. Elite incorporates its experience with event parking logistics to make sure guest’s visits are seamless from the parking process to exiting the property,” said Elite’s Managing Partner Ruben Perez-Sanchez.

The hotel recently announced its newest dining destination, which is in collaboration with the award-winning chef, Michael Schwartz. Traymore by Michael Schwartz combines Schwartz’ passion for fresh, clean Floridian flavors and bright, Southeast Asian influences. Famous guests frequent the new restaurant hot spot.

Elite Parking was famous chef Michael Schwartz original valet parking company when he opened the flagship restaurant Michael’s Genuine in the heart of the Miami Design District before the district’s beginning in 2007. Now Elite is once again representing him as the valet parking service COMO Hotel’s Traymore starting March 13, 2019.