Two South Florida Operators Find Strength In Alliance

Posted on July 21, 2010 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

ABOUT PHOTO: Rebekah Urbina, President of Apollo Transportation, and Joseph Philoxy, International Manager.

SUMMARY: Apollo Transportation and International Limo combine complementary fleets to form a 38-vehicle operation that becomes one of the largest chauffeured fleets serving the South Florida region.

BOCA RATON, FL — APOLLO TRANSPORTATION and INTERNATIONAL LIMO OF SOUTH FLORIDA said Tuesday they have formed a strategic alliance, increasing the reach of their operations throughout Florida’s most active transportation market.

“This is a great way for both companies to do everything they [now] do, only better and with increased benefits for our clients,” said Rebekah Urbina, President of Apollo Transportation, in a prepared statement. “We are committed to our clients’ travel experience.”

Before this alliance, Apollo Transportation, a finalist in the 2010 LCT Operator of the Year contest, had to outsource requests for specialty vehicles, such as vans, mini-buses, motorcoaches and stretch limousines, causing a lack of consistency in procedures.

By joining with International Limo, Apollo Transportation can control all aspects of its fleet operations, while its sedans and SUVs complement the diverse specialty vehicles offered by International Limo. Clients and travelers can seamlessly book vehicles of their choice, whether it is a luxury sedan or a big bus.

Both companies will continue to operate under their respective names.

“Undoubtedly, this will be a great benefit to both companies and will position us to be one of the top five operators in South Florida operating a combined total of 38 vehicles,” said Mauricio Urbina, vice president of operations for Apollo Transportation. “However, with the enhanced standards of operations at International, and the addition of International Limousine’s fleet, the clear winner will be our clients.”

The two companies already have merged some of their operations. Apollo’s call center in Boca Raton now takes all client calls. From a client’s initial reservation to on going monitoring of travel schedules, the in-house operations, all performed by Apollo Transportation, will streamline customer service. All previous contact information and numbers for both companies will remain exactly the same.

“We have always admired the outstanding job Apollo Transportation does,” said Jean Dimanche, owner of International Limousine. This alliance will strengthen both companies and take the overall service provided to our customers to a higher level.”

The strategic alliance comes at an opportune time in the industry. While summer is typically low season, both companies will be poised to transition smoothly into the busier fall and winter seasons when more part-time residents and winter tourists stream into the sub-tropical climes of South Florida.

The South Florida region includes the international destination hotspots of Miami, South Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Key West, and numerous coastal beaches and enclaves in between.


Source: Apollo Transportation

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