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.

IHG Hotel choses Elite Parking to meet their parking management needs

Intercontinental Hotel Group places their parking valet and logistics needs in the hands of Elite Parking. One of the main reasons IHG chose Elite in addition to their extensive hotel account references and owner participation and responsiveness, is that IHG has very unique parking setup with exterior vehicle lifts that go two cars deep and three cars high. IHG needed a company with expertise in running Klaus lifts and Elite was that company.

“Elite Parking is excited to be a preferred parking vendor for such an established hotel name.  We look forward to catering to each guest, whether it be a long-term business person or a family looking to enjoy all that the Miami has to offer,” said Managing Member Ruben Perez-Sanchez.

IHG Hotel’s newest property, Staybridge Suites located in Miami, is part of the Intercontinental Hotel Group, which is an extensive hotel family encompassing such well-known hospitality brands as Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn Hotels, EVEN Hotels, Hotel Indigo and the InterContinental. This hotel group’s collection encompasses about 5,400 hotels across nearly 100 countries. IHG offers hotel experiences that range from the ultra-luxurious to more affordable rates for frequent business travelers or families.

How Valet Parking Increases Restaurant Revenue

In most major cities valet parking is a common site especially when it comes to restaurants. There is always a valet stand with an attendant ready and waiting to relieve you of your car, and end the annoying pursuit to find an open parking space nearby. The fact is that valet not only serves an important function at most restaurants but it can also increase a restaurant’s revenue in several ways.

In larger cities it’s pretty common to find a line of restaurants tucked away off of very busy streets. People looking to stop in and eat have a couple of choices. They can look for an empty metered spot, find a parking space in a garage or lot or pull up right in front of the restaurant and step out to have a valet driver take care of it for them. Most people will choose the last option.

Many restaurant owners know that having the right parking solution during the peak seasons is key to running a successful business. Here are a few ways that valet parking pays-off in the end.

Keeps regular customers coming back

Parking can be a major issue if you are in a big city, especially if your restaurant is situated downtown. The one thing customers dislike is not being able to find a parking space. This keeps many potential customers away and regulars from coming back.  Valet ensures that regulars and first time customers will always have a place to park even during the season.

Valet is affordable

Applying for a parking permit with the city is expensive and many times nearby lots are already taken. Thriving cities are rarely have an excess of parking spots and developments where parking is feasible. Even if you plan to rent or purchase a parking lot of your own, you may run into times where all the parking spots surrounding your block are already full.

Hiring a valet service is the best way to assure your customers are not frustrated, left circling for an hour around the block just to find an empty parking spot. It’s a small investment that creates a carefree parking situation for each of your guests. Most businesses find that the investment pays off, even leading to an increase in revenue in the end.

Elite Parking oversees parking logistics for Miami Beach wedding

Elite Parking recently handled the parking logistics for a large private wedding on Miami Beach. Given the home site and limited parking, Elite strategically planned a parking solution to accommodate more than 200 guests by renting a lot and offering a shuttle service to the guests attending the wedding.

The wedding was for the daughter of a local hotel management professional and held at 6060 Indian Creek, Miami Beach.

Father of the bride, Silverio Lantigua, the General Manger of Ramada in Miami was extremely satisfied with the valet parking management during the event.

“They did an awesome job. Everything went very well. We had about 225 people in attendance and every one of them was happy with the company’s service and attendants professionalism,” said Lantigua

Elite Parking is experienced when it comes to determining the logistics necessary when it comes to special events such as weddings and receptions.  They meet with clients well in advance of the event to plan out the logistics and acquire the right permitting. Their highly-trained staff know how to avoid traffic jams and congestion problems due to miscalculations when it comes to vehicle and guest counts.