The increase in group bus transportation work for operators will be readily apparent this year during the largest bus trade show in North America, BusCon 2015. The Show has revamped its schedule to appeal more to seasoned limo operators venturing into motorcoach service.
Going strong into its 20th consecutive year, BusCon will be held once again at the Indiana Convention Center, which boasts a sizeable show floor and ideal central location in downtown Indianapolis. This year’s BusCon has new speakers educating on a range of topics from Millennial consumer habits to social media best practices, and will also feature a how-to seminar for operators buying their first motorcoaches.
The Show Floor will have buses from nearly every major manufacturer in the industry, with cutting-edge metro transit buses on display as well as innovative party/limo buses, executive cutaway coaches, and long-haul tour buses.
BusCon has become popular for bus-curious operators eyeing high-profit margins, but in need of knowledge to adequately prepare for the cost of bus ownership. There are many networking sessions at BusCon where seasoned motorcoach fleet managers will mingle with local luxury charter providers to build lasting professional relationships and glean valuable business insight from peers. You won’t want to miss out.
Here’s a roundup of education sessions, networking events, and vehicles of interest for limousine operators*:
Understanding Your Millennial Customers: Mon, Sept 28th, 3-4pm
Millennials are a fast-growing, vital customer base. This session will help you understand Millennial customers, how they think, and how you can reach them, as well as teach successful skills and strategies to attract more Millennial customers and engage repeat business.
Presented by Porschia Parker, founder of Fly High Coaching and the Millennial Performance Institute, and a certified professional coach. Parker has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Georgia.
Social Media Mastery for Motorcoach Operators: Mon, Sept. 28, 3-4pm
Play the online social media game like a pro without having to
give up running your motocoach company. From content development to advertising, branding to tools to help you automate your efforts, this course will give you exactly what you need.
Presented by Eric Elliot, of BusRates.com.
Navigating a Crisis in a 24/7 Digital Age: Tues, Sept. 29, 8:30-9:30am
A catastrophic incident can devastate operations in a matter of seconds. This session will discuss how to manage a crisis, including how to deal with the media using practical tools for effective communication, and what steps you need to protect your reputation and keep your operation moving forward.
Presented by Dan Ronan of the American Bus Association.
Fatigue Management: What Can You Do to Limit Your Risk? Tues, Sept. 29, 9:45-10:45am
Drivers of any type of vehicle can be at risk for fatigue. This session will help identify those risks and teach you how to limit, prevent, and manage fatigue at your operation.
Presented by Bob Crescenzo, Vice President of Safety & Loss Control at Lancer Insurance Company.
How to Buy Your First Bus: Wed, Sept 30, 9:05-9:55am
This session will walk you through everything you need to consider before purchasing your first bus, including how to choose the best vehicle to fit your needs and how to finance that vehicle.
Presented by Duane Geiger and Mike Haggerty of CH Bus Sales, LLC.
A competitive choice for operators, the Transit has been making its way into luxury chauffeured fleets as an economical forward-facing shuttle, and as an upfitted limo van with a high-end interior.
The Temsa TS 30, 35, and 45 have become popular monocoque buses for operators, with their nimble handling and modest size being standout features.
The J4500 is the industry standard when it comes to long-haul luxury group transportation. MCI continues to improve upon the interior comforts and overall performance of their flagship year after year.
The New Flyer from Midi Bus was first designed for intercity metro transit, but the model has been selling in record numbers to private charter companies who value it for its design, durability and aesthetic.
The TX is the workhorse for motorcoach operators. Van Hool will have a special booth showing off its latest models that appeal to operators.
Ameritrans provides quality cutaway mini-coaches that come in a variety of sizes, interior designs and floor plans.
BusCon’s Opening Reception will be Monday, Sept. 28, at Lucas Oil Plaza, which is connected to the home of the Indianapolis Colt’s NFL Football stadium. The Plaza, built in 2008, has been called a marvel of modern architecture and design.
As things get revved up, BusCon’s Night on the Town at Slippery Noodle Inn on Tuesday, Sept. 29, will treat attendees to a cultural excursion at this famous downtown Indianapolis location.
BusCon 2015 will be held Sept. 28-30, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.
You can register online for the show at http://www.busconexpo.com/Page/register.aspx.