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.

Elite Parking assumes parking operations at Aventura Marina II in Aventura

After another valet company walks out of a complicated parking operation at Aventura Marina II; Elite Parking steps in with 4-hour notice. Elite management first worked to organize and stabilize the operation, and then introduced a state-of-the-art, technology SMS Valet software to fully automate the operation.

“This SMS system allows residents to request their car via the app on their phone and even validate their guests parking fees through the app,” said Ruben Pérez-Sánchez, Managing Member at Elite Parking.

SMS stands for short messaging system and is the world’s first paperless valet system. The patent­-pending technology allows parking management to streamline operations and expedite the valet process. The mobile valet system relies on text messages for vehicle registration, so paper tickets are not necessary. Guests can request their vehicles by simply replying to an initial text message they receive at check-in.

Elite Parking is very familiar with both residential, hotel and multi-use parking management. They are highly-versed in the latest parking technology, including efficient mobile management systems and cloud surveillance. All of their staff goes through an extensive hiring process, which is followed by ample training, to make sure that all personnel are professional and know how to cater to each resident or guests needs.

World-renowned Wyndham selects Elite Parking as parking management at TRYP Hotel

Elite Parking recently acquired the contract to provide valet and parking management services to Wyndham Hotel’s brand new TRYP located in Ft. Lauderdale. The hotel is located in the “Boating Capital of the World,” the city’s premier luxury yacht marina. The stylish hotel and its sophisticated amenities embrace the nautical lifestyle and tropical beauty that make South Florida so popular.

“It’s exciting to be aligned with a brand that carries a name of excellence in both the resort and travel industry. We look forward to upholding the company’s vision of five- star service to guests from the moment they check-in to the moment they depart,” said Elite’s Managing Member, Ruben Perez-Sanchez.

TRYP by Wyndham offers guest’s a variety of amenities including an outdoor spa, mini basketball court, a fitness center, a sports movie theatre, business conference rooms, a business center and access to waterfront dining. TRYP by Wyndham Maritime also anchors the 168-slip Marina Bay Resort, one of leading upscale marinas in Southeast Florida that can accommodate mega yachts and offer charter boat rentals.

Elite Parking provides reliable residential parking services to high-end condominium and hotel properties. The residential group has years of experience working in Florida with developers, condo associations and building owners, and understands the fiscal requirements and works within each client’s budgets. All of Elite’s staff members are trained extensively in the hospitality industry and will make sure all residents receive a seamless parking experience.

June’s Employee of the Month

Elite Parking wants to congratulate Armand Pierre Adlain for receiving June’s employee of the month! Adlain started with Elite Parking a little over a year and a half ago and is presently the valet at two of Elite’s properties, Mediterranean Village and Aventura Marina II. As a valet driver at Elite Parking, he handles all areas of valet operations which include: park and retrieve cars, manage tickets, check and verify cars for damage; greet residents; collect fees; manage the valet podium; organize vehicles; manage parking area (barricades, directing traffic, etc.); adhere to the property management’s expectations and build a great relationship with both the property management and their residents by providing “white glove service”.

Adlain is originally from Haiti, but has spent much of his life and graduated from high school here in Miami. When not working, he enjoys spending time with family; his wife and daughter. Adlain is also an experienced electrician who provides his services to homeowners in his spare time.

Parking management industry continues to grow with adoption of IoT

While there are many factors driving the global parking management market, an increase of drivers on the roadways and a shortage of on-street parking remain at the top of the list. Technological advancements and the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) and connected devices are also a driving force in the continued growth in the global parking management sector.

“In places such as Miami, street parking is becoming a thing of the past and the city is continuing to grow. Elite Parking tries to stay on the forefront by adapting the right technology to meet our clients and the areas growing needs,” said Elite’s Managing Member, Ruben Perez-Sanchez

Now more than ever, parking management has become a crucial part of a city’s planning efforts. The continued building of high rises and multi-unit dwellings will drive parking needs and the adoption of systems to effectively run them.

IoT mixed with mobile capabilities it making it easier for people to advance reserve parking, determine the availability of parking, and make mobile payments. The ease of using mobile devices to make driving and parking less hectic is fueling future growth of Big Data in parking management as well.

According to Perez-Sanchez, more cities including Miami, Jacksonville and Atlanta will see a rise in the adoption of parking management systems by commercial and residential sites, parking garages, multistoried parking facilities, and mass transit.

Unfortunately, some areas may not see advances when it comes to technology in the global parking management market. Smaller or less developed economies may lack the funding to stay of the forefront of the changing needs of parking. High installation and maintenance costs of IoT driven solutions are also major factors that hamper growth within certain markets.

Elite Parking provides seamless parking logistics during Miami’s exclusive events

The parking management industry is divided up into various sectors including hotel/condo, restaurant, mass transit, hospitals and schools. There is also the area of event parking management, which requires knowledgeof parking logistics and the ability to analyze a venue’s capacity and layout prior to every event.

Elite Parking prides itself on their ability to design a valet parking service that’s able to meet each client’s needs. Elle Becerra, the owner of Events by Elle, Inc. in Miami, is one of Elite’s valued clients. Each one of her events requires the utmost in discretion due to the wishes of her many VIP clientele.

Event parking can be diverse and takes pre-planning

An events venue can vary in many aspects, so seeing the property prior to the event is crucial. Elite has worked on a variety of events and handles all aspects from permitting to a quick post event breakdown.

“Elite has provided valet parking management services for a couple of our recent events including a private wedding, which was held at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. We had between 175-200 people, many of them VIP’s so it was imperative that this event went smoothly,” said Becerra.

Elite is also experienced at providing parking solutions for smaller, more private events

“We also hired Elite to oversee the parking of a recent baby shower for someone with celebrity status. We had about 80 guests and their staff was very professional, discrete, well-dressed, on-time and punctual,” explained Becerra.

“They come. They do their job and leave. They made my job so easy. The whole process was smooth and seamless,” continued Becerra.

Event planning for VIP clientele

Events by Elle offers full-service event coordination based in Miami, Fl. They strive to create a memorable, successful event and delightful planning experience for each one of their clients. Events by Elle plans the following types of events: theme parties, weddings, private events, corporate events, charity events, just name a few. They were recently featured in Southern Bride Magazine.

“We do a lot of high-end events. It’s easier to be a valet at a hotel, because there’s not a lot of logistical planning. But for events you have to adapt to the venue. A lot more difficult. Elite came to see the space ahead of time to scope out the site prior to event day,” said Becerra.

Elite Parking oversees each client’s event parking needs including setup and tracking of events, pre-payment of event permits, and event permit sales in the field. Elite provides straight-forward, well thought out, logistical planning so that the parking management of each event is pain-free and successful.

April’s Employee of the Month

Elite Parking wants to congratulate Alex Di Marco for receiving March’s employee of the month! Di Marco started with Elite Parking about 12 years ago. He has more than 19 years of parking management experience. His knowledge and dedication to excellence led him to assume the role of Director of Operations at Elite Parking six years ago. He handles all areas of operations including: the managing of parking operations at each one of Elite’s properties; adhering to each luxury property’s expectations; creating and building a great relationship with both the property management and their residents and providing “white glove service”. He also oversees staff recruitment and hiring, on-site training, payroll, scheduling and the creation of property reports.

Di Marco is originally from Argentina, but has resided in Miami for 14 years. He spends time with his wife and two children when not overseeing the parking operations at Elite. Di Marco studied and received a degree in Social Communications while living in Argentina. He has a passion for sports, having played professional soccer in Argentina.

Parking management considers rising needs of EV Charging Stations

There is a rise in the demand for the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations nationwide.
Especially within the past two years, leaving some jurisdictions requiring parking facilities to provide
electric conduit, which would create the infrastructure for the addition of more charging stations in the
future. Clients are forecasted to continue to try to meet their need for more stations as the EV industry
grows and more staff, employees, and customers require such need.

In a recent Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) report, the Electric Vehicle Outlook forecasts, “The
EV revolution is going to hit the car market even harder and faster than BNEF predicted a year ago. EVs
are on track to accelerate to 54% of new car sales by 2040. Tumbling battery prices mean that EVs will
have lower lifetime costs, and will be cheaper to buy, than internal combustion engine (ICE) cars in most
countries by 2025-29.”

According to Elite’s Managing Member, Ruben Perez-Sanchez, this means that parking management
companies need to be prepared to provide easier accessibility to these stations, especially for those who
are disabled.

“Parking industry professionals need to consider better ways to provide access to these stations,” said
Perez-Sanchez.

Organizations such as The American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) currently does not address a methodology for the installation of accessible electric vehicle charging stations, but a federal agency
called the United States Access Board does advise that parking facilities address concerns for the access
to EV charging stations by people with disabilities prior to installation.

Some of the concepts addressed included:

EV charging stations should not count towards the minimum number of accessible vehicle parking
spaces required in a parking facility.

There should be a number of charging stations, which are dedicated to people in wheelchairs and have
an accessible path.

Consideration needs to be taken when locating the right spot for these stations so that cords do not
block pedestrian paths or accessible routes when plugged into a vehicle.

Accessible EV charging spaces should adhere to the same plans used to distribute other ADA parking
spaces on-site.

Charging equipment should not block access aisles or parking spaces.

The ADA globally addresses the concept of providing equivalent facilitation for EV charging stations.
Within their guidelines they suggest that parking facilities with existing EV charging stations, but no
adequate accessibility apply the same standards used with other accessibility requirements.

Elite oversees yearly holiday event at Xporta Inc

Elite Parking managed and oversaw the valet parking for Xporta’s recent holiday party to celebrate the
end of the year. More than 300 people attended a party thrown in honor of Roca Tile USA, a world-wide
leader in manufacturing, distributing and marketing of high-quality ceramic tiles.

“They did a great job for us. We were very happy with their work,” said Xporta President, Pablo
Calatrava.

Xporta Inc. was founded in 199 and is located at 1444 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite #212, Miami, Fl. It’s a
private U.S. company that encourages investment and trade between the United States and any foreign
country. They work closely with private companies and foreign government agencies in maintaining,
increasing and promoting their products in the U.S and Latin American markets through areas including
operation set-up; management consulting and international business development.

“It was great working with Xporta, and we look forward to providing event parking solutions for their
diverse clientele in the future,” said Elite’s Managing Member, Ruben Perez-Sanchez.

Elite Parking is premier parking management company headquarters in the heart of the Miami Design
District. They service all areas of Southeast Florida including: Miami Beach, Sunny Isles, Brickell,
Midtown, Design District, Wynwood and Coconut Grove. They specialize in parking services such as
parking management, valet parking, parking planning, technology integration, staffing and training and
marketing programs.