Many Travelers Purchasing Peace of Mind with Travel Insurance

(Chicago) (November 27, 2017)

Forty-two percent of GO Group survey respondents have purchased travel insurance at least once. Of those, 22 percent said they always purchase it, 16 percent said they usually do and 28 percent said they do sometimes.

Almost 300 people responded to the survey which was conducted by GO Group LLC, an international ground transportation provider.

Twenty-two percent of those who have purchased travel insurance said they have had to cancel a trip and use their insurance, while 71 percent they have not had to do so.

Of those who had to cancel a trip, 47 percent they were satisfied with the results provided by their policy, while 14 percent said they were not. Thirty-nine percent said they could not recall. 

Comments included one respondent who said they were not satisfied when they has to use their insurance purchased from a cruise line, noting that not everything was covered.  Another said travel insurance they purchased wasn’t worth it; the reimbursement for a flight delay was only $50 and hotels near airports often cost more than twice that amount.

Those who haven’t purchased travel insurance cite various reasons, the top one at 55 percent being that they don’t think it is necessary, followed by those who would rather take the risk. Fourteen percent said it was too expensive. Five percent said they were unaware travel insurance existed and two percent said it wasn’t offered but their trip planner.  Others noted they already have travel insurance through their credit cards.

When those who have never purchased travel insurance were asked if they would consider doing so, 32 said “yes”; 29 percent said “maybe” and 40 percent replied “no.”

“According to our survey, almost half of travelers have already purchased or are considering purchasing travel insurance to protect against financial loss due to family emergencies and other unforeseen circumstances,”  says John McCarthy, president, GO Group. “These numbers may rise as we are seeing an uncertain travel climate due to natural disasters and violence in tourist areas.” 

The GO Group LLC is the nation’s largest airport transportation provider, offering shared rides, private vehicles, charters and tours, serving some 90 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@flanigancom.com

Gobble Up These Thanksgiving Deals Recommended by the GO Group

CHICAGO (November 14, 2017)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Does the idea of spending Thanksgiving with relatives stress you out? Are you tired of spending the holiday in the kitchen cooking? Or are you looking to create a new tradition for your family? The travel experts at the GO Group found these great deals to celebrate without the stress.


New York is magical during the holidays! The ideally-located,  newly-opened LUMA Hotel Times Square is getting into the spirit with its Thanksgiving Package with luxurious overnight accommodations and festive insider perks. Guests can easily watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade live, with its route passing just one half block from LUMA or take in the nearby holiday shop windows, visit the Bryant Park and Rockefeller Center ice rinks then and cap it off with on-site restaurant Ortzi’s sumptuous take on a classic Thanksgiving feast!

If you’re looking to escape frosty temperatures head south to Cancun, one of the best beach destinations in Mexico!  The Seadust Cancun Family Resort is offering 40% off on all rooms with a minimum seven-night stay.  Included is a complimentary Cancun Queen Lagoon Cruise complete with lunch.  Discount applies for travel throughout 2017 and 2018 but must be booked online here between Nov. 22 – 29, 2017.

Head east and to the Loews Boston Hotel for its holiday Stress Less, Play More package. Stay in a luxurious guestroom with a bottle of wine upon check in, complimentary parking and an American Express gift card to treat yourself or someone special.  The package is available starting November 19, 2017 through January 13, 2018 and must be booked between now and January 13, 2018.  In addition, all guests receive complimentary Wi-Fi, morning coffee or afternoon tea in the Apothecary Lounge. 

With sweeping views of the Sonoran Desert and nightly jaw-dropping sunsets, there’s so much to be thankful for at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa. This November, resort guests and local residents can be seated at the Thanksgiving table for a holiday feast prepared by executive chef and Food Network Star Beau MacMillan.  On Thanksgiving Day, guests can choose between a four-course, prix-fixe menu at Elements, Sanctuary’s signature restaurant, or the bountiful buffet at The Views Ballroom.  Holiday travelers can celebrate with family and friends in one of the luxury resort’s eight private homes, with ample room for stress-free entertaining. Guests who reserve a mountainside estate over Thanksgiving and request the Festive Thanksgiving Offer will receive a harvest welcome basket and a $500 resort credit that can be used at Sanctuary Spa or any of the resort’s dining venues. The offer is subject to availability and is based on a two-night minimum stay, Nov. 19-27, 2017. Rates start at $2,650 per night. More information is available at www.sanctuaryaz.com.

Travelers seeking a relaxing Thanksgiving getaway with beach and Bayfront views can take advantage of the new ‘Seasonal Savings’ sale at South Florida’s Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami and Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach. Those booking a three-night stay now through December 6, for travel through December 27, 2017, will receive 30% off the best available rate at both hotels. The properties also are offering special Thanksgiving menus at its signature restaurants. Plus, a complimentary bottle of prosecco will be provided for reservations of six or more overnight guests, plus 10 percent off the Thanksgiving menu price.

Who says you have to celebrate Thanksgiving in the U.S.?  The five-star Milestone Hotel in Kensington London is celebrating Thanksgiving Day with a three-course dining experience in the hotel’s Cheneston’s Restaurant. The menu will feature American classics with a gourmet, British spin, such as seafood chowder, smoked pork ribs with cornbread, winter kale salad and pecan pie. The Thanksgiving dinner is priced at $87 per person (for guests staying November 23rd).

Americans in Paris need not worry about missing out on a traditional American meal this Thanksgiving. Luxury apartment rental and concierge service Paris Perfect offers holiday themed cooking classes where an experienced local chef will instruct guests on how to prepare the perfect Thanksgiving meal, with a Parisian spin of course. This experience is ideal for the whole family to partake in, either in the comfort of the guest’s own spacious apartment or at a local chef’s home.

The GO Group LLC provides both shared-ride shuttles and private cars at more than 90 airports in the United States, Canada, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe, including those in the cities mentioned above.  For a complete list, visit www.GoAirportShuttle.com.  The company serves some 13 million passengers per year. 

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@flanigancom.com

GO Group Survey: Many Hotel Guests Find Errors During Check-Out

For immediate release: Chicago (September 1, 2017)

Almost 40 percent of travelers have found erroneous charges on their hotel bills for items and services that were never used according to joint surveys conducted by GO Group LLC, an international transportation provider and GO Airport Express, a Chicago-based ground transportation provider.

Just over half (54%) of the 520 respondents said they have never had incorrect charges and 9 percent said they don’t know if this has ever happened.

Luckily, 79 percent of hotel guests always review their bills prior to checking out and 11 percent said they do so frequently.  But 6 percent noted they rarely or never check their bills.

When asked if the incorrect charges were reversed to their satisfaction, 75 percent of respondents replied “yes” while 17 percent couldn’t recall. Just 6 percent said the issues were not resolved.

“Based on these numbers, it would behoove guests to carefully review their bills before checking out of hotel properties,” says John McCarthy, president, GO Group LLC. “We applaud the hotel industry for its high resolution rate for guests who do encounter problems.”

The GO Group LLC is the nation’s largest airport transportation provider, serving some 90 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year. GO Group member GO Airport Express, one of the oldest companies in Chicago, traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@flanigancom.com

Most Travelers Not Deterred by Negative Airline Incidents

For immediate release: Chicago (August 1, 2017)

While stories about unruly passengers, overly aggressive employees and security officials and other incidents on airlines seem to be on the rise, these will have limited impact on air travel, according to joint surveys conducted by GO Group LLC, an international transportation provider and GO Airport Express, a Chicago-based ground transportation provider.

Sixty-seven percent of the 738 survey respondents noted they were still planning on traveling by plane this summer, regardless of confrontations.  Less than one percent of respondents said they were canceling their plans.  Sixteen percent were unsure and 15 percent noted they hadn’t planned on flying this summer.

The survey also asked whether the incidents will cause participants to switch their preferred airlines.  About seven percent responded “yes;” 34 percent responded no and 15 percent had not yet made up their minds.

Some did note in their comments that negative stories will make them think twice about flying and that airline selection will be important. Others listed the airlines they will be avoiding from now on. 

“While these unpleasant incidents get widespread press and viral coverage across social platforms, in general, they occur very infrequently,” says John McCarthy, president, GO Group LLC. “We believe flying is still the most convenient means to travel and that the airlines are committed to ensuring passenger comfort and safety.”

The GO Group LLC is the nation’s largest airport transportation provider, serving some 90 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year. GO Group member GO Airport Express, one of the oldest companies in Chicago, traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.

Air Travelers

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@flanigancom.com

Travelers Prize Safety over Price According to GO Group Survey Results

CHICAGO (May 25, 2017)

Safety was selected as the number one priority when consumers were asked to rank their criteria when choosing a car service, according to the joint surveys conducted by GO Group LLC, an international transportation provider and GO Airport Express, a Chicago-based ground transportation provider. Almost three hundred people who participated responded to the question. 

Having an up-front, guaranteed flat rate was ranked second, which reflects riders’ dissatisfaction with surge prices that most lesser-regulated ride-share services charge; often the passenger is not informed of a total cost until after a trip is completed.

Being able to book a service beforehand to ensure availability was ranked third. Professionally trained and certified drivers ranked number four, while price was ranked as the fifth most important criteria.

Being able to book with an app and being picked up quickly after hailing a service ranked sixth and seventh respectively; comfort and cleanliness of the vehicle and drivers’ knowledge of the area where service was provided came in at eighth and ninth.

“All GO member drivers are vetted and professionally trained and take regular courses in driver and passenger safety,” says John McCarthy, president, GO Group LLC. “Our rates are guaranteed so our customers are never surprised by high prices, regardless of demand, traffic or weather conditions. And by booking ahead, travelers know they have a vehicle waiting for them, whether it’s a shared-ride van, private car, sedan or limo.”

The GO Group LLC is the nation’s largest airport transportation provider, serving some 90 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year. GO Group member GO Airport Express, one of the oldest companies in Chicago, traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@flanigancom.com

Frequent Travelers Split on Paying for TSA Pre-Check

CHICAGO (April 5, 2017): (May 16, 2017)

Thirteen percent of frequent travelers expect to lose or have lost their complimentary TSA Pre-Check status, according to surveys conducted by GO Group, LLC, an international transportation provider and GO Airport Express, a Chicago-based ground transportation provider.

The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) announced that as of February 2017, it was significantly reducing access to expedited screening for non-enrolled travelers.

Of the 446 survey respondents who responded to the surveys, 83 percent said the change will not affect them because they already pay for TSA Pre-Check. Forty percent said the new rules did not apply to them because they were not frequent flyers and 28 percent were unsure if they would be affected.

Of those who responded they were losing their free Pre-Check, 23 percent said they would pay the fee because it was worth the price to go through security faster without having to remove clothing items and electronic devices from luggage.  Twenty-seven percent noted they would not pay for the privilege, deeming it too expensive.  Forty-two percent had not made a decision yet at the time these surveys were conducted.

“TSA Pre-Check offers a valuable and convenient service for those who spend a lot of time in airports, but some frequent travelers are willing to give it up because it is still cost-prohibitive,”  says John McCarthy, president, GO Group, LLC.  “But based on these results, more are likely to be willing to pay the fee to avoid the long lines, especially if, as predicted, air travel will increase this spring and summer.” 

The GO Group LLC is the nation’s largest airport transportation provider, serving some 90 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year. GO Group member GO Airport Express, one of the oldest companies in Chicago, traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.
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Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dkflanigan@flanigancom.com

GO Group Announces Service at 5 London Airports

For Immediate Release: Chicago (April 11, 2016)

CHICAGO April, 2016 - The GO Group, an international provider of airport ground transportation, has announced a new lower-cost private car service in London.

The service is available at both major London airfields: Heathrow (LHR) and Gatwick (LGW) as well as its smaller airfields: London City Airport (LCY), Stansted (STN) and Luton (LTN). 

Fares start at £48.25 (around $75.07 U.S.) plus tax for transportation between Gatwick to Central London, which is approximately 30% lower than other taxi services.

The service operates a fleet of Prius+ hybrids, which have been cited for their eco-friendly gas (petrol) consumption as well as low fuel emissions.

Passengers will be met by English-speaking, uniformed drivers, all of whom have passed security background checks and have received extensive safety training.

“The GO Group is extremely pleased to offer this new service in London,” says President John C. McCarthy.  “Travelers can now enjoy the same safe, economic and reliable transportation that has become synonymous with The GO Group.”

The GO Group currently serves more than 60 airports worldwide, including the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe.  The company serves more than 13 million travelers per year.  Reservations may be made at www.goairportshuttle.com

Contact: Judi Schindler

GO Group Says St. Patrick’s Day is more than Parades and Green Beer

For Immediate Release: Chicago (February 29, 2016)

Typically, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations include parades, pub crawls and other shenanigans. But the travel experts at The GO Group say “fun runs,” scheduled in most GO cities across the country, are a healthier way to celebrate the saint who banished snakes from Ireland.  Following are a few of our favorites: 

A South Boston tradition since 1940, the annual 5K Road Race will be held on March 20 at 11 a.m. The race starts and ends at the newly renovated, historic Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club, which benefits from the event’s proceeds. While the course is not certified, there are several hills that add to the challenge.  The event kicks off with a performance by pop-band Harmaniacs. 

Those looking to atone for St. Patrick’s Day sins can participate in Chicago’s annual Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K on April 3.  The 37th annual race offers a one-of-a-kind course that weaves its way through Chicago’s Loop, starting and finishing in Grant Park. Each runner gets a ticket for a free beer at the post-race party at The Scout Waterhouse & Kitchen.

Running enthusiasts who love history will like New York’s Irish History Running Tour held on March 13 and 20.  Join City Running Tours and experience the city’s rich Irish history with stops including the Irish Hunger Memorial, Five Points, Little Ireland, McSorley’s and more.

There’s something for everyone at Seattle’s 32nd St. Patrick’s Day Dash on March 13. The family-oriented, intergenerational event features costumed athletes off all levels and ages, with kids racing for the finish line and adults racing for the beer garden.  The 5k event starts and finishes at Seattle Center, winding through downtown Seattle. In addition to the beer garden, the Post Dash Bash features live music, giveaways and a costume contest. All proceeds benefit the Detlef Schrempf Foundation. 

If you haven’t had enough snow this winter, head to Vail for the fifth annual Krueger Family Shamrock Shuffle Snow Shoe Race on March 12.  There will be 5k, 10k and kid’s 1k runs with race categories for snowshoes, Yaktrax (cleated walkers) and running shoes.  All races begin at 4 p.m. and are followed by a post-race party at the Vail Nature Center featuring a bonfire, hot chocolate and s’mores. Snowshoe rentals will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

The GO Group, LLC provides both shared-ride shuttles and private cars at more than 60 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe.  For a complete list, visit the website at www.GoAirportShuttle.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Overwhelming Majority of Passengers Want DOT Certified Drivers

For Immediate Release: Chicago (March 8, 2016)

Just over 90 percent of travelers who use airport shuttles or other shared-ride services say it is very important (75 percent) or important (16 percent) to have professionally trained drivers that are certified by the Department of Transportation (DOT).

To date, 379 people responded to a survey conducted by GO Airport Express, a Chicago-based ground transportation service and GO Airport Shuttle, an international transportation provider. 

Five percent of respondents didn’t consider either important or unimportant; one percent replied it wasn’t important while almost four percent noted they didn’t know or hadn’t given the matter any thought.

“As the shared-ride and ground transportation industry continues to grow and evolve, passenger safety is of paramount importance and should not be compromised for the sake of convenience or cost,” says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express.  “All the drivers at GO Airport Express and our GO Group partners meet all DOT requirements.”

GO Airport Express, one of the oldest companies in Chicago, traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels. The GO Group LLC is the nation’s largest airport transportation provider, serving some 60 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Survey Results Indicate an Increase in US Passport Applications

For Immediate Release: Chicago (February 11, 2016)

Forty–four percent of those who currently do not hold a passport are planning on obtaining one according to surveys conducted by GO Airport Express, a Chicago-based ground transportation service and GO Airport Shuttle, an international transportation provider.  This is in response to the Real ID Act where some states’ drivers’ licenses soon might not meet regulations for air travel, even within the U.S. 

Of the 394 respondents, 86 percent noted they already have valid passports.  Of those who didn’t, 19 percent said they did not plan on getting one, while 37 percent weren’t sure, as of the survey date.  The most common reason for doing so was due to a lack of travel frequency.

“As security issues remain a concern for both global and domestic travel, having stricter standards and more uniform identification documents become necessary,” says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express. 

GO Airport Express, one of the oldest companies in Chicago, traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels. The GO Group LLC is the nation’s largest airport transportation provider, serving some 60 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Smoochable Sites for Valentine’s Day

For Immediate Release: Chicago (February 3, 2016)

Looking for the ultimate romantic spot to buss your babe on Valentine’s Day?  The travel experts at The GO Group recommend these romantic hot spots to melt your honey’s heart: 

The way to get your pulses racing in Chicago is to head to the Willis Tower Skydeck Ledge.  The glass ledge, which extends 4.3 feet from the Skydeck, lets visitors “float” 1,353 feet over the city.  Ready to tie the knot? The venue is holding a Valentine’s Day weekend contest offering couples a chance to win a private wedding ceremony on-site, complete with 10 guests.

Celebrate the big moment in the Big Apple aboard a Staten Island Ferry, the only non-vehicular mode of transportation between Staten Island and Manhattan.  Take in the magnificent view during the five mile, 25 minute boat ride including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, skyscrapers and bridges –  all for free!

Clang, clang, clang goes the trolley and thump, thump, thump goes your heart strings if you share a smooch aboard one of San Francisco’s famous cable cars. Choose from one of three lines: Powell-Hyde Line, the Powell-Mason Line and the California Line then top it off with a trip to the Cable Car Museum.

Another good bet is in front of the extravagant Bellagio in Las Vegas.  Lock lips in front of its famous fountains, featuring a complex choreographed show with interwoven water, music and light for a dazzling display.  And even if you can’t afford to stay at the luxury resort, the fountains are free for all to enjoy. 

Set your significant other’s mind spinning with a kiss inside the revolving Space Needle in Seattle. The 520-foot high vista from the Observation Deck includes Mt. Rainier, the Cascades and the twinkly downtown below. Dine at the award-winning restaurant, SkyCity, and enjoy live piano music for a perfect romantic evening; every visit to SkyCity includes a free trip to the Observation Deck

Warm up your honey while dangling above the slopes on a ski lift in Vail.  One of the largest ski resorts in the world with more than 5,200 acres of developed ski and snowboard terrain, Vail has been one of the top winter vacation destinations for outdoor lovers for more than 50 years. When you are done with the slopes, the area offers après-ski fine dining, shopping and nightlife. 

The GO Group, LLC provides both shared-ride shuttles and private cars at more than 60 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe.  Most GO partners permit crated animals and all service animals are welcome. Please contact the individual GO operator for policies.  For a complete list, visit the website at www.GoAirportShuttle.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Survey Says One Fourth of Travelers Now Book Packages

For Immediate Release: Chicago (January 12, 2016)

Slightly more than 25 percent of travelers book packages instead of individual services, according to a survey conducted by GO Airport Express, a Chicago-based ground transportation service and GO Airport Shuttle, an international transportation provider.  More than six hundred people responded to the survey.

Of those who favored to book packages, 32 percent book flights and hotels at the same time, while 28 percent also booked cars at the same time.  Almost 20 percent book flights and cars at the same time.  Less than seven percent book hotel and car packages.

At 60 percent, the most popular way to book according to respondents is via a travel website. This was followed by airline sites at 33 percent and hotel sites at just over six percent.

Write-in comments included booking using a university brochure, a travel agent from the office or via a credit card site.

“The convenience and potential savings of package deals may be more appealing to consumers as travel becomes more expensive and new technologies are developed for price comparisons and booking,” says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express.

GO Airport Express, one of the oldest companies in Chicago, traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels. The GO Group LLC is the nation’s largest airport transportation provider, serving some 60 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Passengers Prefer Discounts Over Comfort

(October 23, 2015)

CHICAGO, Oct. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/—If an airline offered you a loyal customer perk, would you choose: more legroom, priority boarding, free food or a discount on your next flight?

If you chose the discount, you are not alone. Almost 50 percent of flyers would opt for credit toward their next ticket purchase according to surveys conducted by GO Airport Express, a Chicago-based ground transportation service and GO Airport Shuttle, an international transportation provider.

The transportation companies, part of The GO Group, presented a fictional scenario in which travelers would be offered one of four options. While ticket credit was the clear winner, seats with more leg room was the second choice (32%), followed by priority boarding and free meals and beverage at 11 and nine percent respectively.

More than 850 people responded to the surveys. There was no significant difference in responses from men or women or age groups.

Write-in suggestions included upgrade to first class, access to the airport lounge and the option to be the only passenger on a plane. 
“Traveling economically still seems to be a priority,” says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express.

GO Airport Express, one of the oldest companies in Chicago, traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels. The GO Group LLC is the nation’s largest airport transportation provider, serving some 60 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Schindler Communications

Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Festive Lights to Brighten the Holidays

(November 3, 2015)

(CHICAGO – Nov.  3, 2015) — The days are getting shorter, darker and colder so the travel experts at The GO Group complied this list of twinkly outdoor events to combat the winter doldrums and instead celebrate the season:

New York has many ways to ring in the holidays, the most famous of which is the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, on Wednesday, Dec. 6, followed by live performances from 7–9 pm. The tree will remain lit until Jan. 8, 2016. Head to Brooklyn to see the lavish Lights of Dyker Heights, Nov. 1 – Dec. 1, a neighborhood tradition since 1986.  More than 100,000 people are expected to attend this spectacle, which includes extravagant lights, large inflatables and motorized Christmas displays. Want more? Visit the world’s largest menorah at Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza; lightings take place most nights at 5:30 p.m. 

Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Nov. 21 with a tree lighting parade starting at 5:30 p.m. and ending with a fireworks display over the Chicago River at 6:55 p.m.  The Museum of Science and Industry celebrates “Christmas Around the World” and “Holidays of Light” with more than 50 trees decorated to represent various cultures and holiday traditions; Nov 19 – Jan. 23, 2016. After almost 50 years in Daley Plaza, Chicago’s official Christmas tree this year will stand in Millennium Park. The tree lighting ceremony is set for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 24 in the park near Michigan Avenue and Washington Street.

The Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival is held Nov. 19 through Dec. 27, 2015 and kicks off with thousands of lights and a fireworks display downtown. For just one dollar, you can hop aboard the Jingle Bus for a 40-minute narrated tour to learn about downtown landmarks.  Besides downtown events, Milwaukee shines bright with beautiful park and street decor.

Orlando has plenty to offer for holiday fun with its theme parks and resorts offering dazzling displays and glittery lights. The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights has millions of lights synchronized to holiday music at Disney’s Hollywood Studios from Nov. 6, 2015 to Jan. 3, 2016. Take the kids to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party held select nights from Nov. 8 to Dec. 18, 2015 featuring live entertainment, fireworks and a parade with Mickey, Santa and other familiar Disney friends.

The official lighting of L.A. County’s Christmas tree takes place Dec. 1 from 5- 6 p.m. at Grand Park’s Fountain Overlook. Attendees can enjoy live holiday music from chamber music ensemble Brass Pacifica and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Concert Choir then stroll through the park festooned with festive displays through Dec.25.
The GO Group serves all the airports in the cities above. For a complete list, visit the website at www.GoAirportShuttle.com.

The GO Group, LLC provides both shared-ride shuttles and private cars at more than 60 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe.  For a complete list, visit the website at www.GoAirportShuttle.com.  The company serves some 13 million passengers per year. 

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Schindler Communications

Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Traveler Confidence Takes Slight Dip After Attacks

(December 7, 2015)

CHICAGO, Dec. 7, 2015 –  While travel in general is expected to increase in 2016, according to a recent survey, projections by both leisure and business travelers were lower after the November 13 attacks on Paris than before.  Some 1190 people responded to the survey conducted by The GO Group, LLC., an international ground transportation provider and GO Airport Express, which provides airport shuttles to and from O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport.

The e-mailed survey was conducted from November 1 – 23, 2015.

Overall, 34 percent of respondents stated they plan on more leisure travel and 24 percent more business travel compared to 2015. However, before Nov. 13, 39 percent said they planned on traveling more for leisure; this number dropped to 35 percent afterwards. Twenty-eight percent planned on traveling more for business in 2016 before the Paris attacks; after, just 25 percent said they planned on traveling more. 

Thirty percent of respondents noted they planned on traveling the same during 2016 as they did during 2015 for leisure prior to Nov.13; that number changed to 38 percent.  For business, the percentage remained at 30 percent.

The biggest changes were in the percentage of people who weren’t sure about travel in 2016. Before the Paris attacks, 16 and 26 percent were unsure of leisure and business travel, respectively.  Afterwards, 21 and 29 percent were unsure. 

“The vast majority of business and leisure travelers seem unaffected by the threats posed by terrorists, which is good news for the airlines and the hospitality industry,” says John McCarthy, president of GO Airport Express and The GO Group.  “The US tourism and travel industry makes up a large part of US GDP and employment and the projected increase is sizable enough to have a significant impact.”

GO Airport Express, one of the oldest companies in Chicago, traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels. The GO Group LLC is the nation’s largest airport transportation provider, serving some 60 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Schindler Communications

Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Most Frequent Travelers Have TSA Pre-Check Finds GO Airport Express

For Immediate Release: Chicago (October 6, 2015)

Seventy percent of those who fly five or more times per year have TSA Pre-Check, according to surveys conducted by GO Airport Express, a Chicago-based ground transportation service and GO Airport Shuttle, an international transportation provider. 

TSA Pre-Check is an expedited security screening process for those departing the U.S., which allows users to be processed without being subjected to long security lines or the indignity of shoe and clothing removal. The fee starts at $85 and is valid for five years.

Of the 380 survey respondents, just 12 percent of travelers in general have purchased TSA Pre-Check. Of those who have not done so, 11 percent noted they planned to in the next two years; 44 percent said they did not plan to do so and 21 percent were unsure.

At 31 percent, the majority of those who were not planning on purchasing the program said they don’t travel enough to make it worthwhile.  Thirteen percent noted it was just too expensive in general. Almost six percent said they don’t mind waiting in line and five percent said they weren’t aware this program was available.

Comments by respondents included they already had pre-check due to frequent flier status, or it was automatic through their credit cards. Others said they were ineligible for various reasons, such as not being a U.S. citizen.

“TSA Pre-Check offers a valuable and convenient service for those who spend a lot of time in airports, but it is still cost-prohibitive for many.” says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express.  “If air travel continues to trend up, we expect more participants in the program.”

GO Airport Express, one of the oldest companies in Chicago, traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels. The GO Group LLC is the nation’s largest airport transportation provider, serving some 60 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Hotels Get Creative with Amenities

For Immediate Release: Chicago (October 13, 2015)

Mini-bars and standard room service are passé. Today’s savvy hotels are offering over-the-top amenities to make guest-stays more memorable. Check out these perks compiled by the travel experts at The GO Group: 

The Gwen, A luxury Collection Hotel in Chicago offers a Prohibition Porter who will come to guest’s rooms and pour custom made cocktails per request, or one off of the Giggle Juice 1930’s cocktail menu featuring classics such as a Gin Rickey or French 75. Also, upon request from the concierge, any guest can have an easel, canvas and vintage paint palettes/supplies delivered to their room or set up in public area in the hotel..

The Capella Washinton D.C., offers star gazing lessons.  The Constellation Series program features a complimentary tutorial from a University of Maryland astronomy graduate student, who helps guests gaze through telescopes on the hotel’s rooftop.

New York’s The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria, located in the top 14 floors of the venue, lets VIP guests partake of the Top of the Waldorf Rooftop Honey produced in the hotel’s six apiaries. Guests also receive recipes incorporating the sweet stuff from the hotel’s culinary team and the resident mixologist.

No sunburns allowed at the The Ritz-Carlton South Beach, Miami which boasts a Tanning Butler.
The butler’s job is to patrol the pool deck to help guests apply sunscreen and offer a selection of tanning products, sunglasses and other sun necessities. Thirsty guests also can cool off with crafted concoctions provided by the poolside mixologist on wheels.

The SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills has introduced a Saints and Sinners mini-bar.  Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well as treats (unsalted nuts vs. chocolates) are separated into the two halves of the refrigerated unit.  If money is no object, book the penthouse suite and dine on cotton candy foie gras and caviar cones.

The GO Group serves all the airports in the cities above. For a complete list, visit the website at www.GoAirportShuttle.com

The GO Group, LLC provides both shared-ride shuttles and private cars at more than 60 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe.  For a complete list, visit the website at www.GoAirportShuttle.com.  The company serves some 13 million passengers per year. 

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Haunted Halloween Happenings Offer Spooky Fun

For Immediate Release: Chicago (October 6, 2015)

Across the country, cities are brewing up a cauldron of spirited Halloween happenings. The travel experts at The GO Group, LLC, the nation’s largest airport ground transportation company, have conjured this list of spook-tacular events: 

Even the Boston Strangler would be afraid of the city’s Old Town Trolley Ghosts and Gravestones Tour. The gravediggers aboard the ghoulish trolley will take passengers through such haunts as a 400 year-old burial grounds, where tales will be told of grave-robbing, tortures, punishments, executions and even some of folks being buried alive. Also on the route is Boston’s most haunted hotel, the Omni Parker House plus visits to the sites of some of the most gruesome murders in Boston’s history. 

On October 24 the Chicago Cultural Mile Association is launching The Halloween Gathering, an all-day festival and nighttime parade.  From 2 – 6 p.m. families can enjoy activities such as mask-making workshops and a children’s costume parade in Maggie Daley Park.  The parade kicks off at 6 p.m. at Columbus and heads south. Attendees can expect extravagant spectacles, costumes, moving platforms and more, created by many of the city’s cultural institutions and artists.  Braver souls can get take a chilling nighttime outing through downtown with Absolutely Chicago Segway Tour’s Haunted Halloween Tour or Steve’s Segway Tour’s Haunted Chicago Tour, both leading deep in to the world of ghouls, gangsters, disasters and unexplainable deaths. 

Indianapolis’ premier scary amusement park is Hanna Haunted Acres, a collection of haunted hayrides, horror tours, corn mazes and more.  Open at dark, the attraction is located less than eight miles from downtown. The season opens on Sep. 25 and runs through Nov 1. 

One of the most haunted cities in America, New Orleans is home to many haunted hotels and bars and historic sites and graveyards.  Amp up the fear factor by taking a walking tour through the haunted French Quarter or one of the area’s older cemeteries such as St. Louis Cemetery or Metairie.  Celebrate with be-costumed revelers and masterful floats by attending theThe Krewe of Boo, the city’s official Halloween parade on October 24 at 6:30. 

Brave the seas and experience San Francisco’s Annihilation at Ghost Ship, Oct. 30 – 31, at pier 70 in the Dogpatch neighborhood.  The event features original installations from local artists which in the past have included a Victorian-era Ghost Ship, a 1930’s cruise ship, an alien space craft hovering over a zombie ghost town and a massive nuclear submarine. Live bands and DJs will make sure this party won’t be dead. 

The GO Group serves all the airports in the cities above. For a complete list,  visit the website: www.GOAirportShuttle.com. 

The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Each year, its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe. Travelers can book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports through GO’s website, www.goairportshuttle.com

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Pedal Your Way Around the City with Bike Sharing Programs

For Immediate Release: Chicago (August 3, 2015)

The next time you are in a new city, take advantage of the growing bike-sharing phenomenon, which is touted as an economical,  environmentally friendly and healthy way to traverse and tour urban areas. Cyclists use a member key or ride code to unlock a bike from its docking station, and, after an allotted time, return the bike to a docking station at any location; it does not have to be the same one from which the bike was originally removed.

The travel experts at The GO Group have compiled this list of top urban bike sharing programs to get you moving:

New York City has thousands of bikes available at hundreds of stations offered via its Citi Bike NYC.  Three membership options are available:  a 24-hour pass for $9.95; 7-Day Access Pass for $25 and an annual membership for $149. 

To date, Capital Bikeshare offer visitors and residents more than 3,000 bicycles at more than 350 stations across Washington, D.C.; Arlington and Alexandria, Va.; and Montgomery County, Md. Options include day memberships for $8; three days at $17; or a yearly membership for $96 which can be paid in monthly installments.

Chicago offers pedal-enthusiasts more than 4,700 bicycles at 476 stations with touch-screens kiosks and station maps via Divvy Bikes. Annual memberships cost $75 for unlimited 30-minute trips; students pay only $55.  Twenty-four hour passes are available for $9.95. Divvy also offers corporate and community membership programs which allow groups to offer discounted memberships to employees or dues-paying members.

The Bay Area Bike Share in San Francisco provides an easy, affordable option for quick trips around the city.  Riders need to purchase an annual membership online for $88 online; a 24-hour pass for $9 or a three-day membership for $22 from any station kiosk. Corporate memberships also are available.

The Ft. Worth Bike Sharing program in Texas offers a 24-hour pass for unlimited 30-minute rides for just $8; plus $1.50 for another 31 – 60 minutes and $3 for each additional 30 minutes.

Specific information about docking stations, specifications and rules can be found on operators’ websites. GO Airport Shuttle operates at the airports serving all the listed bike-sharing cities.

The GO Group, LLC provides both shared-ride shuttles and private cars at more than 60 airports in the United States, Mexico, and Europe, including those in the cities mentioned above.  For a complete list, visit the website at www.GoAirportShuttle.com.  The company serves some 13 million passengers per year. 

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Airport Ground Transportation Association Names New President

For Immediate Release: Chicago (April 19, 2015)

SOUTH FLORIDA TRANSPORTATION EXEC TO HEAD AIRPORT ASSOCIATION


Lorraine Celestino Wilde, president of GO Airport Shuttle & Executive Car Service in Fort Lauderdale as well as two other local transportation companies, will be installed as president of AGTA (Airport Ground Transportation Association) at the organization’s spring meeting April 19-22 in Miami Beach.

Wilde has been a member of the national association, which represents ground transportation operators, airport authorities and industry suppliers, since 1986.

A 40-year transportation industry veteran, she is also CFO of The GO Group LLC, an international consortium of airport transportation companies serving more than 60 airports worldwide.

Other industry positions include the TLPA (Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association) Board, the Palm Beach County vehicle for hire advisory committee, the transportation summit committee of the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Limousine Association, of which she is a past president.

She has been honored on numerous occasions for heading one of the top women-led businesses in Florida.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

The GO Group Announces New Shuttle Partner in Seattle

For Immediate Release: Chicago (May 1, 2015)

Starting May 1, The GO Group will partner with a new shuttle operator in Seattle offering an improved level of service to customers traveling to and from Seattle-Tacoma International (Sea-Tac).

New to Seattle, GO SpeediShuttle, will launch a fleet of 11-pasenger Mercedes Benz shuttles featuring TEC technology, the cleanest-burning diesel engines in the world.  Various models offer captain’s chairs and all have video monitors, on-board complimentary Wi-Fi and GPS systems that monitor the shuttle’s location and speed.

The company, based in the Hawaiian Island, currently serves 1.3 million travelers a year. 

“We chose to expand to Seattle because Hawaii is a favorite destination for a great many Northwest travelers who are, consequently, already familiar with our service,” says CEO Cecil Morton. 

GO SpeediShuttle will be the first shared-ride operator in Seattle to have a reception team at each baggage claim to greet passengers and direct them to their vehicle.

The company prides itself in its drivers, who must complete a rigorous training program that covers both safety and customer service.

GO SpeediShuttle will also provide private vehicles and a full range of business-class ground transportation services.

“We are extremely pleased to introduce GO SpeediShuttle services to Seattle,” says John C. McCarthy, president of The GO Group.  “We know that King County residents and visitors will appreciate the same high quality service that Hawaiian travelers now receive.”

The GO Group, LLC is am international consortium of best-in-class airport transportation companies. Its members annually transport some 13 million passengers to and from more than 60 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe.  See website for a complete list of airports.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Travelers Eschewing Hotel Mini Bars

For Immediate Release: Chicago (May 1, 2015)

More than 70 percent of travelers say they never use hotel mini-bars according to a survey conducted jointly by GO Airport Express, and The GO Group, LLC, an international ground transportation service provider. 

GO Airport Express, which offers a shuttle service to and from O’Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW) airports, is a member of The GO Group.
Just fewer than four percent said they always raid the mini-fridges, while 20 percent said they do so sometimes or occasionally.

Several of the more than 733 survey respondents had comments, noting they think the food and beverage offerings are too expensive, or they use the mini-fridges to store their snacks bought elsewhere. 

Of those who did purchase from the hotel mini-bars, men were more likely to purchase alcoholic beverages, at 27 percent, compared with 14 percent of women. Women bought more bottled water (47 percent) compared with men (35 percent). Women also purchase healthier snacks such as nuts and granola bars, than men, at 14 percent and seven percent respectively.

“Today’s travelers are more savvy, health and budget conscious,” says John McCarthy, president of GO Airport Express.  “Successful hotels are starting to respond by catering to the changing preferences of their guests.”

One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.  The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from more than 60 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Visit these Spectacular City Sculptures this Summer

For Immediate Release: Chicago (May 15, 2015)

No need to go indoors to enjoy art.  Take in the both natural and man-made beauty at theses urban outdoor spaces featuring sculptures, monuments and other artistic works, recommended by the travel experts at The GO Group, an international ground transportation company:

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park in Indianapolis, located on 100-acres, is one of the largest art parks in the country and one of only a few to feature ongoing commissions of temporary, site-responsive artworks. It also features woodlands, wetlands, meadows, and a 35-acre lake.

Downtown Chicago is known for its Picasso, Chagall, Jean Miro and Cloudscape, aka, “The Bean” at Millennium Park.  But other works can be found at Navy Pier and along the lakefront. The Chicago Parks Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition features 64 renowned artists and was organized by Chicago Sculpture International in collaboration with the Chicago Park District.  New this year is Nature in Motion: Sculpture at Lincoln Park Zoo, open May through October on the zoo grounds.

Visit Old San Juan in Puerto Rico and you will find yourself surrounded in art, with outdoor sculptures, Spanish tile work and the buildings themselves, which contain ornate iron work and distinctive architectural details.  Additionally, there are many sculptures including Totem pole in the Plaza del Quinto Centenario, a monument that was the main part of the 500th anniversary commemoration of Columbus’ discovery of the New World and Raices Fountain. Located in at the end of the Paseo de la Princesa it depicts the origins of Puerto Ricans.

On the west coast, head to The Olympic Sculpture Park, which sits on 9-acres of park and beach located at the northern end of the Seattle seawall and the southern end of Myrtle Edwards Park.  Notable works include Echo, named for the nymph of Greek mythology who offended the goddess Hera.  Seattle Cloud Cover is a glass bridge that incorporates images of the changing sky discovered in nature and art.

In 1827, President John Quincy Adams declared Baltimore “the Monumental City,” a moniker still used today.  There are more than 250 sculptures found throughout the city, including the Francis Scott Key Monument, the Armistead Monument, and the Lafayette and Latrobe monuments among others. The city offers guided tours for history buffs.

The GO Group, LLC provides both shared-ride shuttles and private cars at more than 60 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe, including those in the cities mentioned above.  For a complete list, visit the website at www.GoAirportShuttle.com.  The company serves some 13 million passengers per year. 

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Travelers Not So Social on Planes

For Immediate Release: Chicago (April 6, 2015)

While people “share” just about everything and anything online, travelers are not especially social in person, according to a recent survey.  The GO Group, LLC, an international ground transportation service provider, along with GO Airport Express, a GO member and Chicago-based ground transportation company serving O’Hare International and Midway airports asked their passengers about how often, if ever, they engage in conversation with their seatmates. 

Of the 736 respondents, just five percent said they always speak to their seatmates and 25 percent responded “frequently.”  The most common answer, at 44 percent, was “it depends on who I am sitting next to.”  Seven percent said they never speak to people on planes and almost 20 percent said they do so only if their seatmate initiates the conversation. 

Women were slightly chattier than men, with six percent responding “always,” compared with men at four percent.  However, when survey participants were asked if they have ever formed an ongoing relationship with someone they met on a plane, 12 percent of men replied yes, compared with 8 percent of women. 

“With in-flight programs, high-tech gadgets and WiFi being offered on planes, people are less inclined to entertain themselves with one-on-one conversations while flying,” says John McCarthy, president of The GO Group. 

One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.  The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from some 66 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Men in Bigger Hurry than Women to Get to the Airport

For Immediate Release: Chicago (June 4, 2015)

Airlines might not have stellar on-time records, but passengers don’t want to risk missing their flights.  More than 71 percent of travelers say they arrive at the airport two hours before their scheduled domestic flights, according to a survey conducted jointly by GO Airport Express, and The GO Group, LLC, an international ground transportation service provider.
 
GO Airport Express, which offers a shuttle service to and from O’Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW) airports, is a member of The GO Group.

At 75 percent, more men than women prefer to arrive early, with 69 percent of women answering they did so.  Thirty one percent of women and 24 percent of men said they arrive just one hour before their flight times, preferring not to spend too much time at the airport. Just less than one percent of either gender said they like to arrive as late as possible, noting they like to board the plane as soon as they arrive at the gate.

Five of the 267 respondents wrote in that 90 minutes is the ideal time.

“We can infer that travelers don’t want to risk missing a flight due to unexpected delays such as traffic to the airport, long check-in and security lines,” says John McCarthy, president of GO Airport Express.  “Fortunately, airports continue to offer more choices for business, dining, shopping and entertainment such as play areas for kids and art exhibits to help those waiting to pass the time more productively and enjoyably.” 

One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.  The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from more than 60 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Top Five Airport Playgrounds for Kids

For Immediate Release: Chicago (March 31, 2015)

Catching up on email, a good book or a cocktail might keep adults entertained during delays or long layovers at airports but kids need more stimulation. The travel experts at The GO Group note that many airports offer activities to keep kids occupied.  Here are the top five.

Chicago’s O’Hare Airport is said to be the world’s busiest and the one with the most delays. Keep kids happy by visiting the Children’s Museum of Chicago’s playground called “Kids on the Fly, located near Gate F1 in Terminal 2.  The aviation-themed exhibit features a cargo plane that needs fueling; a cockpit in a fantasy helicopter; a luggage station and an air traffic control tower. Another exhibit, located in Terminal 2, is dedicated to the memory of WWII hero Lt. Commander Edward “Butch” O’Hare, showcasing a restored F3F-4 fighter plane. In Terminal 1 children can gaze at the life-size Brachiosaurus skeleton.

Families at the San Francisco International Airport can visit the Commission Aviation Library & Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum in the International Terminal’s main hall. The Exploratorium of San Francisco has designed a weather-themed play area featuring crawling equipment and a plasma wall—a display of colorful arcs that jump around when activated by sound. SFO Kids’ Spot is located after passing through security in Terminal 3. Terminal 1 features three different aquariums.

Boston Logan International offers two Kidports. Terminal C features a playground designed by the Children’s Museum of Boston with a baggage-claim slide, a climb-worthy airplane and window display area. The second Kidport, in the satellite building of Terminal A, features a replica of the air traffic control tower, slides and climbing structures.

Dallas International boasts three Junior Flyer Clubs with large play areas. One is located in Terminal B by Gate 12 and offers an indoor runway; an airplane; a car and a traffic control tower for kids to climb. International Terminal D presents two other indoor playgrounds complete with a playscape and games.

Las Vegas’  McCarran International Airport features a huge unsupervised kids’ play area in Terminal D which has play structures and an interactive control tower. The airport is also home to some cool vintage planes, which will garner the attention of kids interested in aviation.
The GO Group serves all the airports in the cities above. For a complete list, visit the website at www.GoAirportShuttle.com.

The GO Group, LLC provides both shared-ride shuttles and private cars at more than 60 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe.  For a complete list, visit the website at www.GoAirportShuttle.com.  The company serves some 13 million passengers per year. 

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Art Exhibits Enhance Airport Experience

For Immediate Release: Chicago (February 27, 2015)

If you’re stuck at an airport due to cancellation, delay or long layover, the travel experts at The GO Group point out that many airports are home to significant works of art and seeking them out is a worthwhile way to pass the time.  Among the exhibits they recommend are the following: 

The Denver International Airport (DEN) was one of the first to bring art into its public spaces.  It was ranked “Best U.S. Airport for Art” by USA Today in 2013 with some 30 temporary and permanent exhibits of sculptures, murals and installations. These include: America, Why I Love Her Jeppesen Terminal and Beaded Circle Crossing at B Gates.  If you are traveling to or from DEN, you won’t be able to miss the iconic – and some say controversial - “Blue Mustang,” a 32-foot, 9,000-pound, fiberglass sculpture of a rearing horse by artist Luis Jiménez located along Peña Boulevard, the main road to the airport.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers “Joseff of Hollywood: Jeweler to the Stars,” on Level 3 of departures (Pre-Security) in the Main Hall of SFO’s International Terminal, and runs through July 2015. This exhibition features pieces worn by some of the world’s most glamorous silver-screen icons, from snake jewelry worn by Rita Hayworth and Elizabeth Taylor, to earrings worn by Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly.

Miami International Airport offers art experiences throughout the airport featuring galleries and exhibits including one titled “Ghost Palms” by artist Norie Sato. Situated in international baggage claim along a 300-foot-long glass wall, the work takes its inspiration from the palm trees that populate the Miami-Dade County landscape. The airport also offers “Outsider Art: Selections from the NAEMI Art Collection” in the South Terminal International Greeters Lobby, 3rd floor; the newly opened MIA Flower Fence, 2011, by artist Roberto Juarez in the North Terminal as well as a Children’s Gallery.

Travelers approaching the center of Midway Airport’s new passenger terminal will view Rara Avis, an epic suspended sculpture which visitors will see as a “monumental image of a cardinal” which reveals itself to be composed of over 1800 small aircraft. The work is by sculptor Ralph Helmick, who finds inspiration in airport spaces. 

Another of Helmick’s work, “Impulse’ is a three-dimensional flip book, encompassing a series of six sculptures that morph in an evolving sequence of flight-related forms.  It can be seen at the Philadelphia International Airport. The airport offers numerous art exhibits throughout the building in most terminals. Check the website for current exhibitions.

The GO Group serves all the airports in the cities above. For a complete list, visit the website at www.GoAirportShuttle.com.

The GO Group, LLC provides both shared-ride shuttles and private cars at more than 60 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe.  For a complete list, visit the website at www.GoAirportShuttle.com.  The company serves some 13 million passengers per year. 

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Go Group Adds Sydney to International Roster

For Immediate Release: Chicago (January 15, 2015)

The GO Group, LLC, a consortium of ground transportation companies, has expanded its international presence to Sydney, Australia, with the addition of Redy2Go, serving Sydney Airport with both shared ride and private cars to all metro hotels and cruise terminals.

The new venture is part of the Brunel Group of Companies, which operates the largest company-owned fleet of luxury sedans, limousines and shuttles in Australia, numbering 150 vehicles in total.

Redy2Go plans to expand its service to both Brisbane and Melbourne in the latter part of 2015.

The company is being headed by an experienced transportation team, including: Paul C. Highams, chief executive officer; Tony Bearman, chief financial officer, and Gabriel Do Pao, chief operations officer. 

“Our membership in The Go Group is the next step in offering a global solution to the increasing numbers of international travelers requiring cost effective ground transportation both here in Australia and worldwide,” says Highams, who is also the founder of the Brunel Group.

“We are pleased to add Redy2Go to our roster,” says John C. McCarthy, president of The GO Group.  “We see Australia as an important factor in expanding our global presence.”

The GO Group, which consists of some 33 companies, provides shared-ride and private car service at more than 60 airports around the world.  For reservations and information visit www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Travelers Split About Pets on Planes

CHICAGO (December 29, 2014)

When asked about whether (non-service) animals should be allowed to travel in airplane cabins,  52 percent responded “yes” , according to a survey conducted by GO Airport Express, a GO member and Chicago-based ground transportation company serving O’Hare International and Midway airports and The GO Group, LLC, an international ground transportation service provider. 

However, 63 percent of those who responded “yes” noted that it was acceptable only if the animals were kept in designated areas to accommodate those with allergies.

Several of the more than 430 survey respondents had comments:

“Cargo is a not good idea for the animals. I am a veterinarian and I can see potential issues with animal comfort and safety,” wrote one respondent. 

Several commented that pet owners should advocate to the airlines to have better cargo care for animals, making travel in cabins a non-issue and one wrote that people put too much emphasis on pets and should just leave them at home while traveling. 

“It is understandable that people have concerns about the potential of additional challenges of adding animals on already full flights,” says John McCarthy, president of GO Airport Express.  “However, people also understand the potential dangers of having animals travel in cargo.  We recommend that travelers tell their gate agents if they are allergic or prefer to be seated away from animals if there are any scheduled on their flight.  GO Airport Express and most GO Airport Shuttle vehicles do allow for crated pets and all service animals are welcome. ” 

One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.  The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from more than 60 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

GO Group Announces New Jacksonville Partner

CHICAGO (December 24, 2014)

The GO Group, LLC, an international consortium of ground transportation companies, has announced a new partner in Jacksonville, Fla.

GO Airport Shuttle Express and Sedan Jacksonville provides both shuttle and private car service to Jacksonville International Airport (JAX).  Its service areas include Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.

The company was recently founded by Jacksonville area residents Mike Sobol, Greg Franks and Michele Riddle, who, collectively, have more than 65 years’ transportation experience.

The Jacksonville GO member, which operates a fleet of 15 vans, SUVS and sedans, also provides charters for private parties and corporate events as well as destination management for tours.

“Jacksonville has a lot to offer the tourist and business traveler,” says Riddle, who serves as general manager.  “We have hurricane-free weather, fabulous golf courses and beaches, plus we’re just a short distance to historic St. Augustine.”

“As a start-up, we see a place in the market for a company that is built on professional chauffeurs, an exceptional fleet and dependable service,” she adds.

The GO Group, which consists of some 33 companies, provides shared-ride and private car service at more than 60 airports around the world.  For reservations and information visit www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Airport Dining Soars to New Levels

CHICAGO (December 29, 2014)

If airport dining conjures thoughts of bready pizza slices or tasteless hot dogs, think again.  Today’s travelers can now find delectable delights that will even satisfy those with the most discriminating palettes. The travel experts at The GO Group recommend these airport restaurants:

The days of generic fast food courts in airports are over. Today’s travelers can now find delectable delights that will even satisfy those with the most discriminating palettes. The travel experts at THE GO Group recommend these airport restaurants:

In Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Cousin’s Bar-B-Q is located in terminals B and D. This award-winning, family –owned restaurant has been serves up all the favorites such as pulled pork, ribs and brisket with all the fixins’.

In Boston’s Logan International Airport you can find Legal Sea Food in terminal C. The recently upgraded restaurant and has moved to a space just past security. It offers New England classics for those looking for a quick bite or those who want to have a fine dining experience during flight delays and long layovers. They’ll even pack a live lobster for travel for a souvenir or gift.

Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless opened up three of his Tortas Frontera restaurants in Chicago’s O’Hare
International Airport, in Terminals 1, 3 and 5. The venue offers hand-crafted tortas, soups, a guacamole bar and hand-shaken margaritas.

In 2007, Chickie’s & Pete’s, named ESPN’s #1 Sports Bar on the East Coast, began opening locations at the Philadelphia International Airport and is now serving its zesty cuisine in Terminals D, E,  C, and Terminal A-West. Be sure to try its specialties including its version of French fries, Crabfries®; Lisa’s Blonde Lobster Pie and Pete’s Crustaceans.

Fans of Iron Chef Cat Cora’s can head to Cat Cora’s Kitchen for cocktail and tapas lounge in Terminal 2 Boarding Area in San Francisco International Airport.  Her cuisine focuses on using fresh and organic ingredients and locally sources ingredients the venue is green and eco-friendly.

The GO Group serves all the airports in the cities above. For a complete list, visit the website at www.GoAirportShuttle.com

The GO Group, LLC provides both shared-ride shuttles and private cars at more than 60 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe.  For a complete list, visit the website at www.GoAirportShuttle.com.  The company serves some 13 million passengers per year. 

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Heavy Travel Predicted for this Holiday Season

CHICAGO (November 20, 2014)

The December and New Year’s holidays are typically the airlines’ busiest travel times, and this year will be no exception.  Thirty-four percent of those polled in a recent survey said they would be traveling by plane.

The survey was conducted by The GO Group, LLC, an international ground transportation service provider and GO Airport Express, a GO member and Chicago-based ground transportation company serving O’Hare International and Midway airports.

Of the almost 969 who answered the survey, 48 percent they were not traveling by air during this time but 18 percent responded they have not yet decided. 

“With almost 20 percent still undecided, the airlines should be preparing for a robust holiday travel season,” says John McCarthy, president of The GO Group.  “This is terrific news for the travel industry and the economy overall.”

One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.  The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from some 66 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Travelers Cautious but Not Panicking Over Ebola

CHICAGO (November 4, 2014)

While most travelers aren’t changing or cancelling travel plans due to fear of contracting Ebola,  40 percent noted they are taking extra precautions while flying, according to a survey conducted by GO Airport Express, a GO member and Chicago-based ground transportation company serving O’Hare International and Midway  airports and The GO Group, LLC, an international ground transportation service provider.
 
Of the 802 respondents, 46 percent said were taking no extra precautions and 12 percent said they were unsure.

Of the 417 respondents who said they were taking precautions, 57 noted they were washing hands more frequently and 27 percent said were using hand sanitizer.  Just three percent were cancelling travel plans altogether while less than one percent noted they planned on wearing protective gloves or face mask.  In total 802 travelers responded to the survey.

Comments included that more attention would be paid to surroundings and the health of fellow travelers, and some indicated they would stay home if they felt ill or had a fever. 

“While the results indicate that people are wary of catching Ebola while traveling through airports and on planes, they are not significantly changing travel habits overall,” says John McCarthy, president of GO Airport Express.  “The benefit of the extra sanitary precautions that are taken may result in fewer instances of colds and influenza spreading between passengers.” 

One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.  The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from some 66 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Hassle-Free Holiday Travel

CHICAGO (October 31, 2014)

Millions of passengers will be traveling through U.S. airports during the 2014 holiday season. This translates into long lines, congested traffic and stress, particularly for those traveling with small children.  To help make the process go more smoothly, the travel experts at The GO Group, LLC have these recommendations:

Check your flight before you leave for the airport
Nothing is worse than arriving at the airport and discovering that your flight has been delayed or cancelled.  To ensure this won’t happen, opt to have your airline notify you about flight status via text or email, or phone your airline before you leave.

Avoid rush hour
Try to avoid departing during rush hours, which are 6:45 to 9:30 a.m. and 3:45 to 6:30 p.m.  Both the traffic to and at the airport will slow you down.

Arrive early
Domestic and international passengers should arrive at the airport at least two hours before departure during the holidays when crowds and security are greatest.  Be prepared for even longer times in the event of inclement weather and increased security during unforeseen crises or security threats. 

Skip the boarding pass line
If your airline has the option, print your boarding pass before you get to the airport so you do not have to wait in line.  Even easier, store your boarding pass in your phone which can be scanned at the airport.

Bypass lengthy TSA screening
The holidays draw people who don’t travel frequently and aren’t familiar with the screening process. Traveling with children always takes more time, too.  Avoid the aggravation by applying for The TSA Pre✓™ which, for a fee, allows low-risk travelers to experience expedited security screening at the 300 participating U.S. airport checkpoints.

Attire
Be prepared to remove jackets and footwear; wear slip-ons to speed up the process. Note that children 12 and under are not required to remove their shoes.  Because of the sensitivity of Advanced Imaging Technology, remove all items from your pockets, including wallets, paper products and cell phones to reduce the chance of additional screening.

Children and pets
Children must be removed from strollers and carriers; folding and collapsing items while in line will save time.  All child-related equipment must then go through the X-ray machine.  TSA is not allowed to separate parents or guardians from their children.  Pets too must be removed from carriers, which will then be X-rayed.

Double-check luggage guidelines

The size and number of allowed carry-ons varies according to airlines. Check ahead of time and be sure to weigh your luggage before you leave home. Each passenger is allowed one, clear quart-sized bag for liquids under 4 oz.

Packages:
Do not bring wrapped gifts to the checkpoint. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) may have to unwrap them for security reasons. 

Follow these tips for safe, stress free and happy travels!

The GO Group, LLC  provides both shared-ride shuttles and private cars at some 66 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe.  For a complete list, visit the website at www.GoAirportShuttle.com  The company serves some 13 million passengers per year. 

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Poll: Airplane Passengers Value Courtesy Over Comfort

Posted In: Chicago Tribune (October 15, 2014)

Poll finds air travelers may not be as rude as stories have suggested.  23 percent of fliers say they rarely recline their seats, according to poll.

Airplane passengers are actually more considerate about reclining their seats than might lead you to believe after recent news of onboard spats over infringing personal space, at least according to a recent poll.

Just 18 percent of fliers said they always recline their seat, while 15 percent said they recline frequently, according to a poll of 807 respondents by Chicago-based airport shuttle service Go Airport Express. Twenty-three percent said they rarely recline while and 14 percent never recline, noting the practice as “rude.”

The largest portion of those surveyed, 26 percent, make a judgment call. They said they sometimes recline, depending on whether anyone is sitting behind them or if a passenger would be made uncomfortable.

“Contrary to news stories that portray air travelers as rude, our survey shows that, in most cases, passengers are concerned about the comfort level of others as much as or even more than their own,” said John McCarthy, president of Go Airport Express.

The long-running conflict became news in August when two United Airlines passengers feuding over a reclined a seat forced the airline to make an unscheduled landing at O’Hare. Reports of similar seat-reclining conflicts followed.

How far are passengers reclining? According to the poll, 21 percent said they always recline all the way, 42 percent said they recline part way.

Almost half of the respondents said they always check to see if anyone is sitting in back of them before they recline, and 7 percent said they ask permission from the person behind them.

Contact: By Gregory Karp, Tribune Reporter
gkarp@chicagotribune.com

GO Group Recommends Spooky Tours

For Immediate Release: Chicago (September 29, 2014)

Halloween is a time for frightening fun!  If tricks intrigue you more than treats, these ghostly tours recommended by the travel experts at The GO Group, LLC,  are guaranteed to raise your spirits. 

While San Diego is known for sunshine, its Ghosts and Gravestones Tour tells of its darker side.  Participants will travel back time and learn of the spirits of the characters who still haunt the neighborhoods.  The 90-minute tour takes visitors through Old Town,  walking through El Campo Santo Cemetery and ending at the Whaley House – the most haunted house in America, according to the Travel Channel .  Tours run Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays through mid- Oct.

Providence Rhode Island offers a lantern-lit Ghost Tour that takes paranormal enthusiasts through the streets of the historic East Side. Guides will tell stories about local murders, suicides and unusual deaths that have left the victims to roam the streets in ghostly forms.  Tours take place nightly now through November, starting at 7 p.m.  Summer tours start at 8.

Known for its gangsters and violent past, Chicago is home to many ghosts and wandering souls who have not crossed to the other side.  Chicago Hauntings offers narrated, historically-based ghost and paranormal tours to haunted spots throughout Chicago, including murder and disaster sites; a serial killer’s body dump;  haunted houses and abandoned graveyards.  Ghost sighting aren’t guaranteed but often occur!  Tours are offered every evening, year round.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Airfare Increases Won’t Deter Travelers

For Immediate Release: Chicago (September 15, 2014)

Although airfares are expected to rise this fall, almost half of those who responded to a recent survey are not planning on changing their travel plans during the remaining months in 2014, compared with the same time last year.

More than 712 people responded to a survey conducted by The GO Group, LLC,  an international ground transportation service provider and GO Airport Express, a GO member and Chicago-based ground transportation company serving O’Hare International and Midway airports. 

Just under 50 percent of respondents said they plan on traveling the same amount for leisure and 46 percent for business, despite the higher fares during this time. 

Five percent said they planned on traveling more frequently and 10 percent noted they would be traveling less. Thirty-nine percent said they didn’t know yet whether or not their leisure of business travel would be affected by the expected fare increases. 

“These results indicate that raising air fares does not automatically translate into a decrease in travel,” says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express . “Overall, this is good news for the hospitality business.”

GO Airport Express provides airport shuttles to and from O’Hare International and Midway Airports.

One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.  The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from some 66 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

The GO Group Recommends City Concert Venues

For Immediate Release: Chicago (July 30, 2014)

Attending a concert won’t break the bank if you visit one of these cities selected by the travel experts at The GO Group.  Each offers free or low-cost admission to its outdoor concert venues where you can enjoy music and other programs under the sun or the stars.

Boston offers the Waterfront Performing Arts Series in the scenic Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park. The venue showcases various artistic genres including opera, classical music, musical theater and dance. The Boston Public Library’s  Concerts in the Courtyard Series offers free lunchtime concerts through Aug. 29 featuring live music ranging from classical to contemporary. 

Faust Park, in Chesterfield, Mo. located 21 miles west of St. Louis offers a series of concerts for 10 weeks during the summer, sponsored by the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce.  The family-friendly park covers nearly 200 acres and also offers a playground, hiking trails, the St. Louis Carousel and a Butterfly House.   

Located in the Dallas Arts District,  the AT&T Performing Arts Center presents programs year-round in its indoor and outdoor spaces including dance, opera and Broadway Shows as well as community performances. 

San Francisco offers many options, including the Stern Grove Festival Association with free shows in an intimate, forest-like setting.  The Yerba Buena Garden Festival hosts over 100 performances of music, theater plus art exhibits during lunchtime and evening from May through Oct.

Chicago’s Millennium Park showcases some of the best urban design and public art in the country and is home to the Grant Park Music Festival in the Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion where a variety of free concerts are hosted all summer long.  After the show on Wednesdays and Saturdays, stay and watch the fireworks display over Navy Pier.

Attendees at The Lawn at White River Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. can stroll and chat while enjoying the bands and the offerings of numerous vendors. The Lawn has been ranked as one of the 10 best music venues in the Midwest.

The GO Group serves all the airports in the cities above. For a complete list, visit the website at www.GoAirportShuttle.com

The GO Group, LLC provides both shared-ride shuttles and private cars at some 66 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe.  The company serves some 13 million passengers per year. 

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dyana@schindlercommunications.com

The GO Group Picks the Top Places to Brew Up a Good Time

For Immediate Release: Chicago (July 23, 2014)

Nothing can beat an ice cold beer on a hot summer day.  If hops make you happy, check out these breweries and tours recommended by the travel experts at The GO Group, LLC, the nation’s largest ground transportation company. 

No visit to Boston is complete without taking a Sam Adams Brewery tour. Learn all about Samuel Adams, the brewer and the patriot. See the brewing process first hand then try the specialty malts and smell the aromas of whole leaf noble hops. Tours are offered daily, check www.samualadams.com for times. The $2 suggested donation go to charities.  In South Boston, visit Harpoon Brewery for tours and tastings; Harpoon also lets visitors take growler jugs and six packs home as souvenirs.

The Milwaukee Brewing Company, located downtown, uses local ingredients and suppliers in a “sustainable, creative and innovative environment.  The “Beer in Hand” tour includes samples of the year-round staple flavors, current seasonal offerings, and other beers that are available that day. Visitors will be able to taste ingredients and learn about systems that uniquely support its sustainability. Miller-Coors has a 155-year history of brewing and offers tours daily every 30 minutes between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (10:30 am - 2:00 p.m. Sunday’s seasonally). Every tour ends with samples that can be enjoyed in the Bavarian-style Miller Inn or in the outdoor Beer Garden.

In Chicago, kick off your tour at Goose Island, the city’s first and most well-known brewers which opened as a brew pub in 1988 when the craft beer industry was still in its infancy.  Today, Goose Island continues to brew an innovative selection of over 50 craft beers at the brewpub, which can be purchased throughout the U.S.  Located on Chicago’s northwest side,  Revolution Brewery is one of the largest in Illinois.  The heart of the facility is the 45 barrel brew house where the brewers mash and boil the brew; it also features a high-speed canning line, which can fill over 500 cans a minute and can be seen from the tap room. The Brewery offers complimentary guided tours every Wednesday through Saturday at 6 p.m.; Saturday tours at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.  Tours are first come, first served and space is limited.   

St. Louis is home to Anheuser-Busch; it’s so popular that locals simply refer to is as “AB.”  Located just south of downtown, the AB brewery is open for free tours, featuring a tasting at the hospitality room at the end, and also offers a $10 “beer school” which uses a series of samples to teach students about different varieties of beer. If you prefer craft beers, try one of St. Louis’ other breweries including Schafly, Urban Chestnu and Morgan Street Brewery. 

There are more than 150 breweries in Washington state and many of them are located in or near downtown Seattle. Beer lovers can chose from sites such as American Brewing Company, Emerald City brewing Company, Epic Ales Brewery and Fremont Brewing Company. Each offers its own style, techniques and tastes. Experience three breweries in one day with Road Dogs Brewery Tour.

The GO Group serves all the airports in the cities above. For a complete list,  visit the website: www.GOAirportShuttle.com

The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from 66 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually. Travelers can book ground through GO’s website, www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Urban Tours Offer Fun for Foodies

For Immediate Release: Chicago (August 25, 2014)

Museums, parks, shopping venues and sports events aren’t the only ways to explore a new city.  Take one of these tours selected by the travel experts at The GO Group and eat your way through town:

Taco enthusiasts will enjoy the LA Cycle Taco Tour in Los Angeles. During this bicycle tour, visitors will be taken to some of the city’s best taco stands and trucks throughout different neighborhoods and historic sites.  This tour is approximately two – three hours long and nine miles in distance. The $100 price includes bicycle, helmet, safety vest, water bottle and all the tacos you can eat during the ride.

Visitors to Boston always want to know where to get the best chowder (or chowda, if you’re local!).  The Yummy Walks Seafood and Chowda Tour takes groups for a three-hour scenic stroll along the HarborWalk to sample variations of this iconic concoction as well as other seafood specialties. Cost is $60 per person.

Have a sweet tooth? Take the Cupcake Tour of Chicago for visits to the some of the best dessert boutiques in downtown area.  In the nation’s capital?  Take the Cupcake & Macaron Tour of DC in Georgetown.  Both of these walking tours offer six tastings, either on the sidewalk or within the various establishments.  Cost is $50 per person and groups are limited to 20 people.

If Creole cuisine is your preference, take a tour with Doctor Gumbo in New Orleans.  You will visit neighborhood restaurants serving dishes that represent the area’s heritage, including gumbo, poboys, muffulettas and more. Plus, your guide will discuss various restaurant family dynasties and make recommendations for places to eat and shop. The three-hour walking tour takes place in the French Quarter and costs $55 for adults, $20 for children. When possible the chefs come out to visit the groups and discuss their creations.

The GO Group serves all the airports in the cities above. For a complete list, visit the website at www.GoAirportShuttle.com

The GO Group, LLC provides both shared-ride shuttles and private cars at some 66 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe.  The company serves some 13 million passengers per year. 

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Back-to-Front Boarding Preferred by Air Passengers

For Immediate Release: Chicago (May 19, 2014)

The majority of travelers say they think boarding a plane from back to front would be the most efficient according to a joint survey conducted by The GO Group, LLC, an international ground transportation provider and GO Airport Express, a GO Group member company based in Chicago. 

More than 280 people responded to the survey, which was conducted in response to news some airlines have been testing boarding from back to front as well as outside in, with window passengers first, then middle seats then aisles.  Fifty-five percent expressed the view that back-to-front would be the fastest and fairest way to board.

Some survey participants had their own suggestions, including requiring that passengers be required to store their carry-ons only in the bins directly overhead their seats. Another suggested randomized boarding so that passengers are scattered throughout the plane when storing their luggage and getting seated to reduce jams in the aisles, while one said it didn’t matter much “once the baggage wars break out.”

“While every loading system will have its challenges, passengers are clearly frustrated with the current system,” says John McCarthy, president, The GO Group, LLC.  “Airlines should continue to experiment and test new ways to reduce boarding time and best manage carry-on storage issues.” 

The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for shared-ride shuttles, private cars and sedans.  Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from some 66 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually.  One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

More Travelers Checking Bags

For Immediate Release: Chicago (June 20, 2014)

Compared with last year, slightly more travelers are checking bags this year.  This was the finding of a recent survey conducted by The GO Group, LLC,  an international ground transportation service provider and GO Airport Express, a GO member and Chicago-based ground transportation company serving O’Hare International and Midway airports.

More than 917 travelers were polled in this year’s survey on their luggage preferences.  In 2014, some 58 percent of respondents said they prefer to check their luggage all or some of the time, with 32 percent saying they always do so, and 26 percent noting they both carry on and check.  Twenty one percent they always carried their bags on the plane with them.

In a 2013 poll, of the 570 traveler polled, some 55 percent of all travelers preferred to check their luggage either all or some of the time.  Twenty-seven percent said they always check their luggage, while 28 percent said they both check and carry on.  Only 19 percent said they always carry on.

For others, the situation dictated which option they chose with 27 percent selection this answer in 2014, and 30 percent checking this response in 2013. Respondents commented that the length determined which option they chose. 

According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics,  passenger airlines collected $797 million in baggage fees, or 1.6 percent of total operating revenue in 2103.

“With airlines frequently changing fees and restrictions for carry-ons and checked bags, travelers can pick and choose which carriers and options work best for them for each particular trip, ” says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express

GO Airport Express provides airport shuttles to and from O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airports, polled travelers nationwide.

One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.  The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Fallen Heroes Honored at Memorial Events Across the Nation

For Immediate Release: Chicago (May 6, 2014)

Cities across the U.S. will host ceremonies and events during Memorial Day weekend (May 24 – 26) to remember the brave men and women who have given their lives defending their country.  The travel experts at The GO Group have selected the top events across the country:

On Monday, May 26, Washington DC will host the National Memorial Day Parade, which begins at 2 p.m. at the corner of Constitution Ave. and 7th Streets, NW, and ends at 17th Street. Participants will pass by the White House, the nation’s monuments, museums, and hundreds of thousands of cheering spectators.  The parade will include floats; high school marching bands; veterans; service members; celebrities including Gary Sinise, Joe Montegna and Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014;  service organizations and more and will be broadcast live to troops around the world.

In Boston, thousands will gather for the Cambridge Memorial Day Parade which features marching bands; active duty military personnel and veterans from conflicts ranging from World War II to Iraq. The parade begins at the Cambridge Commons and features a cannon salute by the Massachusetts Bicentennial Battery before winding through the city and ending at the Cambridge Cemetery.  The Memorial Day Service takes place at Veterans Memorial Park and at the Boston Common,  Massachusetts Military Heroes will plant the annual Garden of Flags with 20,000 flags placed in front of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

New Orleans is home to the only National World War II Museum in the U.S., which is located in the Warehouse/Arts district. Visitors can learn about the economic and political roots which led to the build-up and military mobilization of Allied Forces in the 17 D-Days around the world.  Some of the exhibits are reproductions of the Higgins landing craft built by volunteers; an auditorium showing films; oral history stations where visitors can listen to personal stories; accounts; and a collection of aircraft, vehicles, weapons, uniforms and other significant artifacts and education programs for students of all ages.

New York City honors our country’s fallen heroes with parades all over the five boroughs. The Little Neck–Douglaston parade in Queens is reputedly the largest; the Brooklyn’s Memorial Day Parade is one of the oldest at 147 years, and begins at 87th Street and Third Avenue. In Manhattan, head uptown for a smaller parade in Inwood, which begins at Dyckman Street and Broadway.  The city’s events calendar provides a full list of events and start times.  Also, the city hosts its annual Fleet Week which will include dozens of military demonstrations and displays throughout the week of May 21 – 27, plus public visitations of its participating ships.

In Jacksonville, Fla. a ceremony to remember and honor fallen heroes and their families will be held on May 26 at the Memorial Wall which lists more than 1700 names of American heroes.  There will be several keynote speakers; a wreath presentation; a 21-gun salute and more.  Other Memorial Day weekend activities include the free Jacksonville Jazz Festival, downtown between May 22 and May 26. The event is headlined by Natalie Cole and Herbie Hancock.

The public is invited to join military members, family and friends who will gather at the San Francisco National Cemetery, located at the Presidio, on Memorial Day from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. to honor those that died for our country.  More than 30,000 people that served in the military are buried at the cemetery, including the 35 recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor.  San Francisco also is home to a number of other military attractions offering tours, including two World War II vessels that are now floating museums and the Fort Point National Historic Site.

The GO Group serves all the airports in the cities above. For a complete list,  visit the website: www.GOAirportShuttle.com. 

The GO Group, LLC provides both shared-ride shuttles and private cars at some 66 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe.  The company serves some 13 million passengers per year. 

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dyana@schindlercommunications.com

City Parks are Welcome Perks for Travelers

For Immediate Release: Chicago (May 22, 2014)

Nature lovers, history buffs and arts enthusiasts won’t need to go far to spend an enjoyable afternoon outdoors in many U.S. cities.  The travel experts at The GO Group have selected these top urban parks: 

With 843 acres and 40 million visitors, New York City’s Central Park is one of the best known and most visited. The grounds include ponds; fountains; gardens; winding paths; playgrounds; sculptures; bridges, ball fields and memorial statues honoring fallen soldiers and veterans.  Notable attractions include the Belvedere Castle, which is a fully functioning weather station; the Blockhouse, an actual fort from the War of 1812; the Central Park Carousel, built in 1871; and the oldest public monument in North America, The Obelisk. The site also is host to the Central Park Conservancy Film Festival every August, where classic movies are shown for free. 

Thirteen million people visit San Francisco’s Golden Gate State Park annually. In addition to the Music Concourse, the park is surrounded by various attractions, including the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum; the California Academy of Sciences, home to the Steinhart Aquarium;  the Japanese Tea Garden which opened in 1894; the Conservatory of Flowers;  the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum; the National AIDS Memorial Grove; Stow Lake, which offers boat rentals and Spreckels Lake. Golden Gate also is home to Kezar Stadium, which was once home of the San Francisco 49ers and the Bison Paddock where the animals are successfully bred in captivity. The park also offers segue and biking tours.

The number one tourist attraction in Texas is the San Antonio River Walk, a picturesque network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath the streets of downtown.  The public park is lined with shops, restaurants, hotels, and bars with landscaped walkways and bridges. It is the site of numerous special events including Fiesta Noche del Rio, featuring the songs and dances of Mexico, Spain, Argentina and Texas; arts and crafts shows and the Ford Canoe Challenge in August, with local celebrities, corporate teams and general public teams competing.

Dating from 1634, Boston Common is the oldest city park in the U.S. It is part of the Emerald Necklace, a system of connected parks that winds through many of Boston’s neighborhoods and is home to memorials including the the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Afro-American 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry;  The Soldiers and Sailors Monument and the Boston Massacre Memorial.  Adjacent to the Common is the Public Garden, the first botanical garden in the United States and home to the world famous Swan Boats.

Chicago is one big outdoor playground offering visitors more than 8,100 acres of green space, including the expanse of beaches and open areas along Lake Michigan running the length of the city to the suburbs. Non-water attractions include the admission-free Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the oldest in the U.S. Downtown, the Frank Gehry designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion serves as the centerpiece for Millennium Park and is the home of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the Grant Park Music Festival, the nation’s only remaining free outdoor classical music series.  Millennium Park is part of the larger Grant Park, host to many outdoor music acts and festivals including the annual Taste of Chicago. 

Indianapolis lures visitors with its White River State Park offering green spaces, trails, trees, and waterways as well as cultural, educational, and recreational attractions and events.  The site is home to the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art; the Indianapolis Indians Baseball at Victory Field, the state’s largest IMAX® Theater; the NCAA® Hall of Champions Museum and concert venue The Lawn at White River State Park.  It is also home to the Indianapolis Zoo, the only institution accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Alliance of Museums as a zoo, an aquarium, and as a botanical garden.  This past Memorial Day the Zoo opened its new International Orangutan Exhibit, which houses eight orangutans and features a 90-foot-tall viewing atrium and an aerial cable.

The GO Group serves all the airports in the cities above. For a complete list, visit the website: www.GOAirportShuttle.com. 

The GO Group, LLC provides both shared-ride shuttles and private cars at some 66 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe.  The company serves some 13 million passengers per year. 

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dyana@schindlercommunications.com

GO Airport Shuttle Announces New York Trip Winners

For Immediate Release: Chicago (June 10, 2014)

GO Airport Shuttle has announced the winners of its “Win a Trip to New York” social media photo contest.  They are Katlyn Gambil of St Paul, Pri Richards, of Jupiter, Fla., Michael Nirvani of Quincy, Ill., Mary Lee of Chicago, Cynthia Jackson of San Diego and Nick Chaney of Cincinnati.

The contest was sponsored by The GO Group, LLC, a consortium of airport shuttle companies serving 66 airports in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe, along with five of its operating companies.

Winners will be treated to a trip to New York for two, including airfare, hotel, double- decker bus tour, sightseeing cruise and GO shuttles to and from the airport.

Contestants were asked to post weekly photos of their home cities to social media sites using the hashtag #goairportshuttle.  Points were awarded for the number of posts, tweets and retweets.

The five regional sponsors included GO Prime Time Shuttle, Los Angeles; GO Airport Express, Chicago; GO Boston Shuttle, GO Airport Shuttle & Executive Car in Ft. Lauderdale and GO Bloomington Shuttle in Indianapolis.

Asked what they are looking forward to doing in New York, the winners had a variety of answers: 
Katlyn Gamil, a self-proclaimed foodie, wants to try out new restaurants.

Pri Richards, who hasn’t been to New York since she was six, is looking forward to a double-decker bus tour of the city.

Michael Nirvani, whose grandmother emigrated from what is now the Czech Republic, hopes to visit Ellis Island.

Mary Lee wants to explore Central Park.

Cynthia Jackson, who has never been to New York, says her first stop is Times Square.

Nick Chaney wants to do it all—Central Park, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, a Broadway Musical and either a Mets or Yankee game.

Trips are expected to be scheduled for this summer.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Urban Beaches Offer Best of Both Worlds

For Immediate Release: Chicago (June 18, 2014)

Can’t decide between vacationing at a beach or big city this summer?  You won’t have to choose if you visit one of the metropolises selected by the travel experts at The GO Group. Each offers great beaches in urban settings.

Chicago has 26 miles of beaches along Lake Michigan with two of its best within walking distance of downtown.  Oak Street Beach, located just steps away from Michigan Ave. shops, offers swimming, sunbathing and dining at an on-site bistro.  Another favorite is North Ave. Beach, which offers beach volleyball a mini-gym, rollerblading and Castaways, a boat-shaped bar/restaurant. 

Once an exclusive area catering to the rich and famous, the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach now attracts people from all walks of life.  It’s a major entertainment destination with hundreds of nightclubs, restaurants, boutiques and hotels. There is also fishing, tennis, golf and bicycle rentals.

Located on the east side of the city on Lake Washington, Madison Beach, Seattle, is one of the city’s most popular swimming beaches. It has a grassy area where sunbathers can enjoy views of the lake and Mt. Ranier. Amenities include a children’s playground; swimming raft; diving boards and tennis courts.  The neighborhood also offers locally owned cafes, pubs, coffee and ice-cream shops, boutiques, and salons.

Oahu Hawaii’s Waikiki Beach is famous for its calm waters, which draw wannabe surfers from around the world. The less adventurous can learn about the history of Waikiki by reading the surfboard markers along the Waikiki Historical Trail.  Other attractions include shopping and dining along Kalakaua and Kuhio Avenues.

Los Angeles has several beaches offering the best in volleyball, swimming, tanning, skating and bicycle riding and people watching.  Some of the more popular include Santa Monica, Hermosa Beach and Marina del Rey. Santa Monica has tourist attractions such as the Looff Hippodrome , which was built in 1909. Hermosa Beach’s Pier has great views and a beachfront sidewalk called The Strand, filled with bikers, runners and walkers.

The GO Group serves all the airports in the cities above. For a complete list, visit the website at www.GoAirportShuttle.com.

The GO Group, LLC provides both shared-ride shuttles and private cars at some 66 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe.  The company serves some 13 million passengers per year. 

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Time More Important than Money for Travelers

For Immediate Release: Chicago (April 8, 2014)

The majority of vacation travelers report that saving time is more important than saving money, according to a joint survey conducted by The GO Group, LLC, an international ground transportation provider and GO Airport Express, a GO Group member company based in Chicago.

Survey recipients were asked whether they prefer to book non-stop flights, even if tickets costs were more expensive, or if they opt for cheapest flights, even if these require extra stops or layovers.

Of the more than 350 people who responded to the survey, men and women responded almost identically, with 64 percent of men and 60 percent of women saying they choose non-stops in order to save time.

One respondent offered a parent’s advice: “My father used to say, you don’t go on vacation to save money or lose weight. He was right.”

Other considerations listed in the comments section included flight times, the overall value of the trip and finding a balance between saving money and time

“These results indicate that today’s travelers value their leisure time and want to spend more of it on actual vacation than in airports or on board planes,” says John McCarthy, president, The GO Group, LLC.  “Finding ways to accommodate those preferences should be a priority for companies in all areas of the hospitality business.” 

The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for shared-ride shuttles, private cars and sedans.  Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from some 66 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually.  One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Commonwealth Institute Honors Lorraine Wilde

For Immediate Release: Chicago (April 29, 2014)

The Commonwealth Institute of South Florida has named GO Airport Shuttle & Executive Car, a Ft. Lauderdale company, as number 18 on their list of the top woman-led firm in South Florida. 

Founded by Lorraine Celestino Wilde in 1986, GO Airport Shuttle & Executive Car offers shared-ride transportation at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, West Palm Beach International Airport and Miami International as well as charters and private sedans throughout South Florida.

It is a founding member of The GO Group, LLC, an international consortium of airport ground transportation companies serving 66 airports in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe.

The Commonwealth Institute made the announcement at its April 3 luncheon honoring the top 50 women-led businesses in the region.

In addition to heading her own company, Wilde is chief financial officer and a board member of The GO Group as well as a board member and president-elect of the Airport Ground Transportation Association.  Other board positions the Taxicab, Limousine & Para Transit Association and the Florida Limousine Association.

Formerly, she served on the board of the Florida Ground Transportation Association and the host committees of the 1999 Breeders Cup and Super Bowls XXIX & XXXIII.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Baseball Stadium Tours a Home Run with Fans

For Immediate Release: Chicago (March 31, 2014)

Baseball fanatics who can’t get enough of American’s most beloved sport can book behind-the-scenes tours at most professional stadiums.  The travel experts at The GO Group, LLC, the nation’s largest ground transportation company, says these tours are “fan-tastic”: 

Purists will love touring Fenway, the country’s oldest and most intimate ballpark in the majors.  Located in Boston, the Red Sox home is often referred to as “America’s most beloved ballpark.”  The hour-long tour includes a walk out to Yawkey Way, a visit to Pesky’s Pole and a chance to sit atop the world-famous Green Monster which stands 37 feet high and overlooks left field.

Located in downtown Baltimore, Oriole Park is as an integral part of its surrounding neighborhoods.  The tour at “the ballpark that forever changed baseball”  takes visitors behind the scenes to learn how it has continued to change the baseball fan’s experience by its intimate but state-of-the-art design and location in a historic neighborhood.  Included is a visit to the press level,  dugouts and the scoreboard/JumboTron control room; plus visitors are given a historical perspective of the Camden Yards area, including The B & O Railroad, the Inner Harbor and Babe Ruth.

In 2012, the Miami Marlins moved to Marlins Park , the league’s newest baseball stadium.  One of six stadiums to feature a retractable roof, the structure also has two aquariums behind home plate; a bobblehead display and spaces for private functions.  The tour includes visits to the field, clubhouse, the batting cage area and access to “art in public places” found throughout the facility.

Busch Stadium in St. Louis offers tours year round, during which visitors can see the radio broadcast booth, view the World Series trophies in the Champions Club and have a chance to hang out Cardinals dugout before using their discount in the Official Cardinals Team Store.  The Cardinals have called Busch Stadium home since 2006 when they became the first team in nearly 100 years to win the World Series in the inaugural season of a new stadium.

Chicago offers fans two ballparks to tour: the homes of rivals Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox.  Start with the Cubs on the north side at the “friendly confines” of Wrigley Field. Built in 1914, Wrigley is known for its distinct features such as ivy on the outfield fence; bullpens along the foul lines and roof-top seating from neighboring residences around the field.  To the south lies U.S. Cellular Field, known as Comiskey Park before taking its current name in 2003. Tours include the home dugout, the press box, the field, the suites and the Stadium Club. 

San Francisco’s AT&T Park is an architectural landmark and offers sweeping views of the bay. The tour takes visitors to areas usually accessible only to players and staff, including the field warning track; the dugout and the press box. The tour also features a trip to the indoor batting cage, the visitor’s clubhouse and luxury suites.  Kids will enjoy the Coke Bottle slide, the Levi’s mitt and a Build-a-Bear Workshop.

Other GO cities with Major League stadiums and tours include Seattle, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC.  The GO Group serves all the airports in the cities above. For a complete list, visit the website: www.GOAirportShuttle.com. 

The GO Group, LLC provides both shared-ride shuttles and private cars at some 66 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe.  The company serves some 13 million passengers per year. 

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

New GO Group Website Adapts to Mobile Devices

For Immediate Release: Chicago (March 26, 2014)

The GO Group, a consortium of airport transportation companies, has announced the launch of a new mobile friendly website that fully employs Responsive Web Design (RWD).

Developed by The Hudson Financial and Technology Group LLC, (The Hudson Group) in Lawrence, Mass., the newly engineered website, www.goairportshuttle.com, automatically adjusts to all desktop, tablet and mobile platforms, providing visitors with a highly readable and easy-to-navigate booking experience regardless of what device they are using.

Both the website and reservation system are now fully compatible with all Android, iOS and Windows platforms. 

Launched on March 17 after a year of development, the new site experienced a 79% increase in mobile transactions during its first week.

“Mobile traffic on our site is up around 68% over last year,” says John McCarthy, president of The GO Group, “so we are pleased that it is now easier for those customers to make their ground transportation travel arrangements.”

“As The GO Group’s premier technology partner, we were proud to work collaboratively with GO on building a mobile-first solution that increases revenue and enhances the customer experience,” says Mark Ustik, president of The Hudson Group.

The GO Group, LLC  provides both shared-ride shuttles and private cars at some 66 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe.  The company serves some 13 million passengers per year. 

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Does a Polar Vortex Prompt Travel?

For Immediate Release: Chicago (February 3, 2014)

According to a recent study, the arctic chill is most likely to generate tropical visions if you are between the ages of 21 and 39.  The survey,  conducted by The GO Group, LLC,  an international ground transportation service provider and GO Airport Express, a GO member and Chicago-based ground transportation company serving O’Hare International and Midway airports,  showed that 30 percent of respondents in those age groups were motivated to travel after enduring January’s harsh weather conditions. 

Overall, however, most travelers are willing to tough it out, with 80 percent of respondents in the other listed age groups reporting the weather has no impact on their travel plans.

“The travel industry should take note of the age group most likely to make travel plans when experiencing extreme weather in their hometowns, and offer vacation packages that would most interest them,” says John McCarthy, president of The GO Group. 

The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually.  One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Room Service Not Used by Most Travelers

Chicago (November 12, 2013)

More than 75 percent of travelers said they rarely or never use hotel room service according to a survey conducted by The GO Group, LLC,  an international ground transportation service provider and GO Airport Express, a GO member and Chicago-based ground transportation company serving O’Hare International and Midway airports.

More than 600 people responded to the survey, which asked travelers how often they use hotel room service; answers were the same regardless of whether the respondents were traveling for business or leisure.

The survey was conducted in response to recent news stories about hotels eliminating or reducing room service and offering alternatives such as on-site pantry stores instead.

Forty percent of the survey participants said they rarely use hotel room service and 37 percent said they never do.  Some 18 percent said they sometimes order food from the hotel, while three percent responded “frequently” and two percent replied “always.” 

“Twenty three percent of travelers still use hotel room service, which is a significant number overall,” says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express.  “Hotels would be well advised to offer both room service and on-site food stores to meet the needs of all guests.” 

One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.  The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Favor In-Flight Phone Access? Depends On How Old You Are

Chicago (January 3, 2014)

While 79 percent of travelers over the age of 30 are opposed to in-flight cell phone usage (now under consideration by the FAA), younger travelers, 18-30 year olds, favor the new perk by 52 percent, according to a recent study.

Some 300 travelers in total were surveyed by The GO Group, LLC,  an international ground transportation service provider and GO Airport Express, a GO member and Chicago-based ground transportation company serving O’Hare International and Midway airports.  Of those, 33 were under 30, while the remainder were older.

Of those who added comments to the survey, most older travelers noted they would be fine if fellow passengers texted or engaged in other online activities, but not talking.

Comments one traveler: “ (listening) to someone else’s over-amped conversation(s) in a confined area that I can’t escape from—not my idea of a relaxing flight.”

“Regardless of the FAA’s decision, airlines need to review cell phone usage not only as a safety matter, but at how it will affect noise levels and passenger comfort,” says John McCarthy, president of The GO Group. 

The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually.  One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Quirky #Museums Offer Fun and Education

For Immediate Release: Chicago (October 24, 2013)

While art and history museums may be more popular, there are a wide variety of collections that appeal to quirkier interests. The #travel experts at The GO Group, LLC, the nation’s largest ground transportation company, offer these unconventional options.

Located in downtown Washington D.C., the International Spy Museum is the first and only public #museum in the U.S. dedicated to the profession of espionage. It features the largest collection of international spy-related artifacts ever placed on public display.  Visitors can view exhibits, films and interactive displays to learn about spies and their stories and the impact of espionage on a global scale. 

The Center for Wooden Boats sits on the south shore of Lake Union just north of downtown Seattle, Wash. It is a hands-on maritime museum letting visitors engage in heritage experiences including workshops in kayak building, sail making and woodworking. Visitors can go sailing or attend special events, too. 

If heart valve collections, ancient amputation saws and detailed drawings of diseased organs are to your liking, don’t miss the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago. Located in a historic mansion on Lake Shore Drive, the museum features exhibit from around the world that trace the story of surgery’s development. The collections include art and artifacts that deal with surgery as well as history, science, health, and cultural studies.

Foodies and history buffs will enjoy the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis. The once burnt-out flour mill on the Mississippi was renovated and turned into a museum dedicated to the history of flour.  In the early 20th century, the building, then known as Washburn Mill #1, was the busiest flour mill in the world. This history is detailed in a collection of exhibits, including a 6-foot tall box of Bisquick; a short-film titled “The History of Minneapolis in Nineteen Minutes” and the Flour Tower, which is a presentation/elevator ride that ends with a trip to the top-floor viewing platform with great views of the structure.

The Indy 500 may be Indianapolis’ biggest event, but the city also was home of American writer Kurt Vonnegut. His legacy has been preserved in the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, a non-profit organization devoted to “carrying on the causes of literacy, freedom of speech, and plain old good writing,” all in Vonnegut’s name. Visitors can view possessions such as Vonnegut’s typewriter; a gallery of his illustrations and a re-creation of his studio.  Plus, witty attendees can leave messages on Kurt’s Typewriter Twitter feed on a nearby typewriter.

The GO Group serves all the airports in the cities above. For a complete list,  visit the website: www.GOAirportShuttle.com

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Go Group Sees Record First Half

Chicago (October 24, 2013)

The GO Group, LLC, a marketing alliance of some 35 airport shuttle companies in North American, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe has announced record high revenue for the first half of 2013.

The privately held company, which is owned by 10 of its member companies, has announced sales of $3,350,568 a 32 percent increase over 2012.  The numbers do not include revenue generated individually by its members.

According to John C. McCarthy, president, most of that gain came from web sales, which went from $1,512,876 to $2,371,997, a 56 percent increase.

GO members also market collectively through corporate sales, travel wholesalers and third-party sellers.

Launched in August 2007, The GO Group has enjoyed annual increases, despite downturns in the travel industry, going from just under $1 million in 2008 (the first full year of operation) to $3,325,032 in 2013.

“We expect to top $5 million by the end of this year,” McCarthy says, attributing the growth to the fact that travelers today are both cost conscious and environmentally aware.

“A shared ride is an economical transportation option that is more earth friendly than a private vehicle or taxi.”

McCarthy, who is also president of <GO Airport Express in Chicago, adds that collective marketing under the GO brand has benefitted the individual companies as well.

“The GO Group has provided its members with international brand recognition as well as incremental revenue,” he adds.  “Customers are increasingly aware they can book the service in multiple cities.”

The GO website, https://goairportshuttle.com receives more than 1 million visits per year.

 

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Holiday Travel Expected to Soar

Chicago (November 22, 2013)

Fifty-eight percent more people are planning to travel by plane during the 2013 holiday season compared with last year, according to a survey conducted by The GO Group, LLC,  an international ground transportation service provider.

Of the almost 100 travelers who answered the survey 57 percent said they are fly out of town to celebrate at least one holiday this year, which compares to 36 percent last year.

The survey asked travelers if they were planning an airline trip over Thanksgiving, Christmas and/or New Year’s Eve this year, and whether they did so last year.

Thirty-nine percent responded they have Thanksgiving travel plans this year, compared with 22 percent in 2012.  Some 33 percent reported they will spend Christmas away from home, where just 23 percent did so last year.  About the same percentage will travel for New Year’s Eve this year (13 percent), as did so in 2012 (12 percent).

So, who’s staying home? Some 57 percent of respondents said they did not travel by plane at all during the holidays last year, while only 43 percent say they have no plans to fly this year.

“A 58 percent increase is pretty significant,” says John McCarthy, president of The GO Group.  “This is terrific news for the travel industry and the economy overall.” 

The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from 70 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually. Travelers can book ground through GO’s website, www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

New Attractions for Amusement Park Fans Recommended by The GO Group

For Immediate Release: Chicago (May 29, 2013)

Amusement park enthusiasts will be happy to learn that many of the more than 80 theme parks in the United States and Canada are offering new rides, attractions and shows this year.  The travel experts at The GO Group, LLC makes these recommendations:

The newest ride at Six Flags Great America in San Antonio, the “Iron Rattler,” features four over-banked turns and the first-ever inverted barrel roll, a top speed of 70 mph and a staggering drop of 171 feet at an 81 degree angle.

Six Flags Great America located between Chicago and Milwaukee in Gurnee, Ill.  has 14 roller coasters, a free water park and just launched igNIGHT Grand Finale, a technologically advanced show featuring singing; dancing; pyrotechnics, video and laser elements;  immersive sensory effects and guest interaction.

Just north of Toronto is Canada’s Wonderland, the country’s largest amusement park. The venue features the Leviathan, Canada’s tallest and fastest roller coaster plus more than 200 attractions. New this year is Monsters of the Deep,  a 3-D adventure where attendees journey to the depths of the sea and encounter prehistoric sea creatures from the dinosaur era. 

For younger enthusiasts, Elitch Gardens in Denver, Colo. opened the “Blazin’ Buckaroo, with twists and turns and a top speed of 15 mph.  Located two hours south of Indianapolis, Holiday World offers little ones “Kitty’s Tea Party,”  a new teacup ride and Busch Gardens Tampa debuts “Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation,” a live music show based on the characters from the hit movies.

If water fun is your preference, head to Hersheypark, PA,  (90 minutes north west of Philadelphia) for “Shoreline Sprayground,” a 7,000-square-foot water play area with play structures dancing fountains and two new water slides.  San Diego’s new Aquatica San Diego features a 500,000-gallon wave pool, water slides and Loggerhead Lane where you can float down a 1,250-foot lazy river while watching Caribbean flamingoes.

The GO Group serves all the airports in the cities above. For a complete list,  visit the website: www.GOAirportShuttle.com. 

The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually. Travelers can book ground through GO’s website, www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Fireworks Light up the Skies for Fourth of July

For Immediate Release: Chicago (July 3, 2013)

The highlight of every July 4 celebration is always a spectacular fireworks display.  The travel experts at The GO Group, LLC has these recommendations for maximum “oohs” and “aahs.” If you happen to be in one of these GO cities on the holiday.

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is an annual, free outdoor 4th of July concert at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade.  The show begins at 9:30 p.m. and will feature local performers and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra along with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Included will be Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with real cannons, the live ringing of area church bells and The Stars & Stripes Forever with the ceremonial American flag drop and confetti shot. The Spectacular will be capped off by a fireworks array above Boston.

Fair Saint Louis is three days of free family fun underneath its famous Gateway Arch.  Musical guests include Trace Adkins on July 4; Bret Michaels on July and Counting Crows on July 6. The event includes activities for kids of all ages, five air shows and the Freedom 4-Miler and Family Fun Run. Fireworks take place on all three days at 9:30 p.m.

In addition to its regular Wednesday and Saturday displays, Chicago’s Navy Pier will add an extra show to its schedule, with perfectly synchronized to music.  on July 4. Attendees can view from the pier, along the lakefront or on a dinner cruise aboard one of many sightseeing boats. 

Orlando offers many fireworks displays to entertain visitors and residents. This year the Magic Kingdom will host its show seven days beginning on July 1, at 9 p.m.  and continuing every evening through July 7, featuring classic Americana music and ending with the Star Spangled Banner.  Fireworks can be seen throughout the park but the best spot is going to be on Main Street USA with Cinderella Castle in the foreground.  Thousands of spectators are expected to come to Lakefront Park in Downtown Kissimmee’s for its 4th of July with fireworks, which are shown over one of Orlando’s largest lakes in Lake Toho. Live music and food vendors are setup from 5pm until 9:30pm and the show begins at 9:10 p.m.

San Francisco celebrates Independence Day at PIER 39 with a day of family fun, live music and entertainment culminating in a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Watch from the pier or while enjoying a dinner and dance cruise aboard the California Hornblower from 6:30 – 11 p.m.

The GO Group serves all the airports in the cities above. For a complete list, visit the website: www.GOAirportShuttle.com. 

The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually. Travelers can book ground through GO’s website, www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

The GO Group Picks the Top Places to Brew Up a Good Time in 2013

For Immediate Release: Chicago (July 23, 2013)

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Contact: Dyana Flanigan
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GO SHOWTIME WINS GREEN AWARD

For Immediate Release: Chicago (August 16, 2013)

The Las Vegas Business Press recently presented Go Showtime, a member of The GO Group alliance of airport shuttle companies, with a “Green Award” for its use of alternative fuel and other eco friendly practices.

The company has switched to bio diesel fuel for 36 of its 46 mini buses and converted another five to liquid propane.  In addition, GO Showtime uses GPS technology for fuel-efficient routing to further reduce carbon emissions and promotes recycling in both its office and maintenance shop.

GO Showtime was one of nine companies selected for recognition from among more than 50 nominations.

“Adopting green practices isn’t good only for the environment,” says Lisa deMarigny, company president and CEO.  “It is good for employee morale and confirms our commitment to the health and wellness of the Las Vegas tourism market.”

Other members of The GO Group, which is the largest airport ground transportation company in the world, have also switched to alternative fuels.  GO companies serving San Francisco International, Seattle-Tacoma International, Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Chicago’s O’Hare International and Midway airports, Puerto Rico’s Luis Munoz Marin International and all the southern California airports have converted all or part of their fleets to alternative fuels – either compressed natural gas (CNG) or propane.

The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from some 68 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually. Travelers can book ground through GO’s website, www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

The GO GROUP EXPANDS SERVICE TO DOWNTOWN DENVER

For Immediate Release: Chicago (September 3, 2013)

The GO Group, LLC, the world’s largest airport ground transportation company, has expanded its transportation service from Denver International Airport to include 25 hotels in downtown Denver.  The shared ride van service will be provided by GO Alpine, which currently operates airport shuttles from the Denver International Airport and the Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden to Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

“Our company has been providing professional, safe and reliable transportation since 1984, serving around 170,000 customers and travelling over 1 million miles annually.  We are very excited to expand our business in to the Denver area and provide a high quality shared ride van service in that market,” said Lisa Adamo, president, GO Alpine.

Departure times from Denver International Airport to downtown Denver hotels begin at 7:30 a.m. and continue through 6:30 p.m.  Departure from downtown to the airport starts at 6:00 a.m. and continues through 8:15 p.m.  GO Alpine plans on expanding the hours of operation with increased ridership.  For a complete schedule and booking recommendations, visit www.goairportshuttle.com

The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from some 68 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually. Travelers can book their ground transportation through GO’s website, www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Summer is the Hottest Time to Travel

For Immediate Release: Chicago (September 3, 2013)

Most travelers prefer to do so in the summer months, according to a joint survey conducted by GO Airport Express, and The GO Group, LLC. More than 750 people responded to the survey, which asked respondents which season was their favorite in which to travel.

The GO Group, LLC is an international alliance of airport transportation companies, of which Chicago-based GO Airport Express is a member, serving O’Hare International and Midway airports.

Top choice was summer, with 43 percent of people living in both warm and cold climates ranking it as their preferred time to travel.  Spring was next, although slightly more people in a southern climate (33 percent) ranked it first, compared with those in the north, (25 percent).

Fall was third with 17 percent. Just 11 percent of respondents chose winter as their first choice for favorite time of year to travel; however, almost twice as many northern inhabitants claimed it as their favorite time to travel as compared to those in the south.

“Companies in the travel and hospitality industries may want to note seasonal preferences and adjust their marketing plans accordingly,” says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express and The GO Group, LLC.  “While summer is the universally preferred season, those living in southern climates tend to stay home in the winter.”

The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually.  One of the oldest companies in Chicago, GO Airport Express traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Family Friendly Fall Festivals Bountiful in the U.S.

For Immediate Release: Chicago (September 17, 2013)

The end of summer doesn’t mean the end of outdoor fun. The travel experts at The GO Group, LLC, the nation’s largest ground transportation company, offer these fall events, fit for the whole family.   

Baltimore, Md. is host to the Fell’s Point Fun Festival on Oct. 4 – 6. The event showcases the historical Fell’s Point seaport, its businesses and charming 18th and 19th century residences.  For hands-on fun, head to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and build a structure in the Habitat for Humanity’s HabiTown Challenge.  Teams will have the opportunity to raise funds for their causes and win prizes in this friendly, judged competition.  The event is open to the public and offers food and live music.

Just north of Indianapolis in Fishers, Ind. is the annual Fishers Oktoberfest at Saxony held on Sept. 28 from noon to 10 p.m. in Witten Park.  Now in its 8th year, this free, family-styled event will offer German food, crafts, a beer garden, kids activities and live music. History buffs can experience the age of Queen Elizabeth I at the Fishers Renaissance Faire,  Oct. 5 – 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Saxony Development. There will be jousting; costumed characters;  period music and dance; Shakespearean vignettes; swordplay; knighting ceremonies; parades and more than 70 artisans, merchants, food vendors, and free kid’s games.

Four legged family members deserve some fun, too, so grab your pooch and head to Milwaukee’s Barktoberfest in Estabrook Park on Sept. 28 from 1 – 6 p.m. Join Residents for Off-leash Milwaukee Parks (ROMP) for an afternoon of free, tail-waggin’ fun. Enjoy live music, food and libations from the Estabrook Beer Garden along with lots of canine capers including an agility course and costume contest plus beer specials and a raffle for humans.  On Oct. 18 – Oct. 20, the Potawatomi Bingo Casino will host the Hunting Moon Powwow featuring a powwow with dancing, Native American arts and crafts and traditional foods. 

Seattle is the place to see the Best of the Northwest Fall 2013 Art & Fine Craft Show on November 22, featuring a marketplace of fine arts and crafts. 5,000 attendees are expected to attend this event held at the Smith Cover Ship Terminal. 

Car enthusiasts won’t want to miss the The Lone Star 13,  San Antonio’s Inaugural Custom Car & Music Festival featuring a daytime outdoor car show with vintage hot rods and custom cars plus an indoor music festival, vendors and food trucks.  The show starts at 6 p.m. on October 12 and runs until 2 a.m. on Oct. 13.  On Oct. 19, the city will host the Ninth Annual Fall Wildlife Festival & Plant Sale at the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center. This free community event features activities and information focused on the natural world.

The GO Group serves all the airports in the cities above. For a complete list,  visit the website: www.GOAirportShuttle.com

The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from 70 airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually. Travelers can book ground through GO’s website, www.GOAirportShuttle.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

New App Lets Travelers Book Airport Shuttles

For Immediate Release: Chicago (April 1, 2013)

The GO Group, LLC has launched an updated app that allows travelers to book a GO airport shuttle from their iPhones.  The new version stores users’ personal information, which speeds up the booking process.

To make a reservation, iPhone users simply access the app and enter their flight, arrival and/or destination information. The app will automatically access the user’s previously entered personal information, and allow them to easily make a reservation to and from any of the more than 50 airports served by GO Airport Shuttle.  The app can be downloaded at the Apple app store and by searching for the phrase “go shuttle.” 

“Mobile devices increasingly becoming the booking method of choice for travelers, so this app allows one-stop shopping for all travel needs, allowing anyone to book ground transportation quickly from any location,” says John McCarthy , president of The GO Group, which is comprised of 43 ground transportation companies, serving 52 airports in the United States, Canada and Europe.

The mobile application was developed by The Hudson Group, a Lawrence, Mass. reservation systems technology company. The app should be available for other mobile devices later this year.

Non iPhone users can book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports through GO’s Web site, www.goairportshuttle.com or toll free at 1-877-544-4646.

The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

The GO Group’s Airport Shuttle Services Rank High with Passengers

For Immediate Release: Chicago (September 4, 2012)

According to a survey conducted by The GO Group, LLC., provider of GO Airport Shuttle services, 94 percent of its passengers rate the service as good, very good or excellent. The survey was conducted over an eight month time period. 

Surveys are sent online to customers three weeks after reservations are complete.  Out of the more than 3300 respondents, 50 percent said they have used the service more than once in the past six months.  Sixty percent booked it for leisure travel, 21 percent for business and 19 percent for both.

When asked if they would use GO Airport Shuttle again, 93 percent responded “yes” and 92 percent said they would recommend the service to a friend.

The majority of people book their reservations online and 91 percent noted the website is easy to use.

Forty six percent use GO most often to book rides in their home city and 36 percent said their destination city. Almost 18 percent use the service for both. 

“We are very pleased with the results of this survey, which indicates GO Airport Shuttle service providers are consistently transporting travelers to and from airports quickly, safely, economically and on time,” says John McCarthy, president of The GO Group.  “We will continue to conduct these surveys to ensure we maintain this high level of service and identify opportunities for improvement.” 

The GO Group serves more than 50 airports in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, England, France and the Czech Republic. For a complete list,  visit the website, www.GOAirportShuttle.com

The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Each year, its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe. Travelers can book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports through GO’s website, www.goairportshuttle.com

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

GO Group LLC Recommends Haunted Halloween Happenings

For Immediate Release: Chicago (September 20, 2012)

Halloween is a time for wickedly good grown-up fun; and cities across the country have conjured up many spook-tacular events and activities.  Don your favorite costume and head to the following destinations recommended by the travel ghouls at The GO Group, LLC, the nation’s largest ground transportation company

It’s known for sun and sand but Honolulu, Hawaii has brewed up a cauldron of Halloween events.  The worlds’ largest maze, at Dole Plantation transforms itself in a haunted version as a fundraiser for local schools.  The Polynesian Cultural Center’s Haunted Lagoon offers haunted canoe rides to experience the tragic story of “The La‘ie Lady” in search of her lost son and to “meet” her murdered husband, back from the grave. The Haunted Stadium at the Aloha Stadium becomes an interactive maze with a graveyard, mad scientist room, horror movie scenes and more. For information on all events visit www.beyondhonolulu.com.

St. Louis offers its trilogy of terror with these scary haunted houses: Lemp Brewery Haunted House opens its brewery’s deep caves to the public to encounter “real” ghosts and spirits.  The Darkness features two floors of fright with high tech animations, special effects, amazing scenes, live actors and an exit through the Monster Museum with horror –like movie props. Creepyworld Haunted House,  located in Fenton, features nine major attractions including the Zombie Paintball Haunted Hayride; Silo-X haunted house; Twisted Torture 3D, a haunted graveyard with eerie swamp and more.

Head across the northern border to Toronto, Ontario and visit the Powerhouse of Terror, located on the grounds of the former Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital in Etobicoke. This attraction challenges human fears such as claustrophobia, spiders, darkness, freaks, zombies and more.  Or go to Casa Loma, a haunted mansion with a scavenger hunt, pumpkin carving and wandering ghouls and goblins.

On the East Coast, Salem, Mass., the Witches of Salem honor their past with the Festival of the Dead, which explores death’s macabre customs, heretical histories, and strange rituals. Program include:  Ghost Hunting 101; The Annual Psychic Fair and Witchcraft Expo; the Vampires’ Masquerade Ball and The Dumb Supper: Dinner with the Dead.

New Orleans is arguable one of the U.S.’s most haunted cities, known for its cemeteries and voodoo culture. This time of year, the city offers many themed events and haunted tours including the French Quarter Hauntings Tour; the French Quarter Vampire Tour and the French Quarter Voodoo Tour.  Haunted houses are plentiful, the most popular being the Mortuary named the “America’s Scariest Attraction” by the Travel Channel.

The GO Group serves all the airports in the cities above. For a complete list,  visit the website: www.GOAirportShuttle.com

The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Each year, its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe. Travelers can book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports through GO’s website, www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Airport Shuttles Going Green

For Immediate Release: Chicago (January 16, 2012)

While shared-ride transportation is inherently eco-friendly, many members of The GO Group, the world’s largest airport shuttle provider, are going one step further.

GO companies serving San Francisco International, Seattle-Tacoma International, Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International, Dallas-Ft. Worth and Puerto Rico’s Luis Munoz Marin International are converting all or part of their fleets to alternative fuels – either compressed natural gas (CNG) or propane.  While GO companies in Los Angeles (serving all southern California airports) and Chicago (serving Midway and O’Hare) also are in the process of doing so.

CNG is a fossil fuel, while propane is a by-product of natural gas processing and petroleum refining.  Both burn cleaner than gasoline or diesel fuels, although CNG is considered the cleaner of the two. Companies that convert to alternative fuels can earn a 50 cents-per-gallon tax credit as well other incentives from local government and the airports.

GO Shuttle Express in Seattle, which has 43 propane-fueled vehicles, began the conversion process last January and has 20 more systems to install.

According to J. R. Rowley, president of GO Shuttle Express, the fuel saving has been around $2 per gallon.  Maintenance costs, however, have been slightly higher due to the learning curve.

In San Francisco, GO Lorries has adapted 16 vans to CNG, with another 28 to be retrofitted for CNG by May. 

“The conversions are expensive,” says Julio Bonilla, president, “but the fuel savings mitigate the cost.”

As of December, GO Riteway Transportation Group in Milwaukee has moved 21 of its 500-vehicle fleet to propane, experiencing a $7,000 fuel savings since October. 

According to Jason Ebert, fleet and facilities coordinator, the maintenance costs are lower as oil changes can now be performed every 7,000 rather than every 5,000 miles as in the past. 

Ebert reports one reason GO Riteway opted for propane is that it is 90 percent as efficient as gasoline, which allows for a greater vehicle range than CNG, which is only 31 percent efficient.  Also, the cost of a propane conversion is one third less than the cost of a CNG conversion.

The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for airport shuttles, which transport some 13 million passengers to and from airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe. Travelers can book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports at www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Travelers Plan on Flying More Often in 2012

For Immediate Release: Chicago (January 6, 2012)

While the Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world in 2012, a recent survey indicates the traveling public is packing its bags to see the world in greater numbers this year.

More than 590 travelers participated in a survey conducted by The GO Group, LLC., the world’s largest ground transportation company,  which asked if they planned to travel by air more, less or the same amount in 2012 compared with 2011.

Some 31 percent of respondents plan to increase their air travel in 2012, while 52 percent say they plan to travel about the same amount as in 2011. Just six percent said they’d be traveling less, and 11 percent said they weren’t sure.

“The travel industry is one of America’s largest industries, so the results of this survey are good news,” says John McCarthy, president, The GO Group.  “A healthy travel industry signals the economy is continuing to rebound and hotels and other hospitality related businesses should expect an increase as well.”

The GO Group LLC is a one-stop source for airport shuttles, which transport some 13 million passengers to and from airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe. Travelers can book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports at www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

GO Group Offers Tips for Traveling with Kids

For Immediate Release: Chicago (November 10, 2011)

Traveling across country with small children can seem daunting. But the travel experts at The GO Group, LLC.  offer these tips and tools to help families with kids in tow maintain sanity when flying during the busy holiday season.

Before you go
Avoid flying during prime time.  Instead choose flights in the middle of the week (be more specific about time between 9 and noon, whatever). Never take the last flight of the day; you don’t want to be stranded overnight at the airport due to delays.

Be sure to let toddlers and young children know what to expect at the airport to avoid meltdowns. It even helps to “practice” standing in line and going through security at home.  Let kids pack their own carry-on bag to keep them engaged and excited about the trip. 

Dress them up!  Other travelers and airline personnel are more likely to be tolerant, patient and helpful with well-dressed tots.  Be sure to put contact information on their clothing, but never your child’s name.  Be sure to bring extra clothes in case the ones they are wearing get soiled and need to be changed mid-flight.

For infants, ask your airline if it offers mini bassinets, which clip onto the wall directly in front of a bulkhead seat. These are often offered on large jets traveling longer routes, are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be reserved in advance.

Getting there
Leave early!  Allow for plenty of time at the airport for check-in and security since traveling with children takes longer than when flying solo or with other adults. 

Consider booking a private van or share ride shuttle service to avoid the hassles of traffic, searching airport lots for vacant parking spaces and inconvenient trams. Many services will pick you and your family up at home in a vehicle with plenty of room for luggage, gifts and gear. 

At the airport
Purchase snap-on wheels for infant car seats if your baby will be riding in one. These can be taken onto the plane but should be disassembled prior to check in. While the FAA has no standards for flying with children, several companies offer portable safety restraints, chairs and vests for infants and toddlers, including Kids Fly Safe and Baby B’Air.

Through security
When available, use the lane designated for families to avoid frustrating other travelers.  Babies need to be removed from carriers and strollers, which need to be placed on the X-ray belt. Children must walk independently through scanners, but the TSA is not allowed to separate children from parents or guardians. Children under the age of 12 are no longer required to take off their shoes.

Medications, baby formula and food, breast milk, and juice are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding 3.4 ounces (100ml) and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint.

When boarding
When checking in, ask if your flight is full.  If it isn’t, you may be able to get the seat next to yours or be seated next to a vacant seat.  This is especially helpful if you are traveling with a toddler without a seat.

Unless you require assistance from the cabin crew, board the plane last to allow as much time as possible for your young ones to move freely and burn off energy before long flights that require them to sit still. Try to book seats toward the back so there is more space for them to walk around a little. The back of the plane tends to be louder, which helps to drown out noisy children.

On the plane
Parents flying with small children should be keeping them focused on an activity and entertained at all times when they are awake. 
 
Take all your own baby supplies including your own baby food, bowl and utensils and bring disposable bibs for easy clean up.  Ask for bottles and meals to be warmed well in advance of when you need them. Cabins don’t microwaves and have to heat using hot water in the galley.

Toys, portable DVD players or iPads are a must to keep antsy children entertained. Bring toys out one by one to get maximum use, pack them away, then move on to the next toy.  Purchasing new books, toys and art supplies and surprising your child with them throughout the flight works best. Be sure to keep extra batteries on hand for electronics.

Bring gum and candy, too, which serve the dual purpose of helping their ears adjust to changing pressure. Keep zip lock baggies and lots of wipes handy, too.

Some airlines offer small children activity kits on long flights, which contain art supplies and some small games or toys.  Ask about this when you book the flight.

Larger plans offer lots of aisle space for toddlers to walk around and look at the plane and other passengers.  Walk as frequently as you can manage without disturbing other passengers. 
Preparation and advanced knowledge of available options are key to minimizing anxiety and stress when traveling with children. Other travelers will appreciate your efficiency, too!

The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe annually. Travelers can book ground transportation with both departure and destination airports through GO’s website, www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

GO Group Sales Jump 67% In First Half

For Immediate Release: Chicago (September 7, 2011)

The GO Group, LLC, a consortium of some 35 airport ground transportation companies around the world, has announced a 67 percent increase in sales through its collective website www.goairportshuttle.com and other joint marketing efforts.

The privately held entity, which is owned by 10 of its member companies and operates as a franchise, posted sales of almost $2 million for the first six months of the year, which compares to approximately $1.3 million for the same period a year ago.  The numbers do not include revenue generated individually by its members.

In addition, GO has added five new member companies to its roster so far in 2011.  The new members include shuttle companies serving airports in Indianapolis, Jacksonville, San Antonio, Paris and Prague.

Launched in August 2007, The GO Group has enjoyed annual increases, despite downturns in the travel industry, more than doubling between 2008 (the first full year of operation) and 2010, according to John C. McCarthy, president.

“If growth continues, we can expect to top $4 million by the end of the year,” he says, attributing higher sales to having the right product at the right time.

“Travelers today are both cost conscious and environmentally aware.  A shared ride is an economical transportation option that is more earth friendly than a private vehicle or taxi.”

McCarthy, who is also president of GO Airport Express in Chicago, adds that collective marketing under the GO brand has benefitted the individual companies as well.

“The GO Group has provided its members with international brand recognition as well as increased revenue,” he adds.  “It’s been the rising tide that lifts all boats.”

The consortium was formed as a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Each year, its members transport some 8 million passengers to and from airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Europe. Travelers can book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports through GO’s website, www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dyana@schindlercommunications.com

GO Group Members Recommend Labor Day Festivities

For Immediate Release: Chicago (August 31, 2011)

Take advantage of the upcoming three-day weekend and close out the summer by attending these Labor Day celebrations. The travel experts at The GO Group, LLC, the nation’s largest ground transportation company, offers this list of events featuring fun for the whole family:

Chicago:  The Chicago Jazz Festival is a free annual tradition in Chicago held every Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1 – 4,  at various locations including the Cultural Center, Millennium Park, and Grant Park.  Also, watch as Navy Pier lights up the night on September 3, 10:15 p.m. with its annual Labor Day fireworks show.

Denver: Foodies and families will enjoy sampling the city’s finest restaurants at A Taste of Colorado  held Sept. 2 - Sept 5 at Civic Center Park.  Musical acts include Asia and the Neville Brothers.  Admission is free; food tickets are $10 for a strip of 15.

Los Angeles:  Members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Screen Actors Guild join the LA/Long Beach Labor Coalition in a march from Broad and E Street south on Avalon Blvd to Banning Park in Wilmington on Monday, Sept. 5. The parade begins at 10 a.m. with a rally and picnic following at noon. 

St. Louis: Come join the Labor Day Parade sponsored by the St. Louis Labor Council, AFL-CIO. It will be held in downtown St. Louis on Sept. 5 beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Seattle:  Bumbershoot, the biggest music and arts festival on the west coast, will take place over Labor Day weekend at the Seattle Center in the lower Queen Anne neighborhood. Enjoy the best in music, film, comedy, performance and visual arts. Ticket prices vary.

Washington DC: The National Symphony Orchestra  presents Concert at the Capital, a free event on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. at East Capitol and First Streets. 

The GO Group, LLC is a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Each year, its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe. Travelers can book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports through GO’s website, www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dyana@schindlercommunications.com

The GO Group Invites You to Explore Public Art

For Immediate Release: Chicago (July 27, 2011)

It’s always free.  It’s often fascinating.  And, chances are, it’s not like anything back home.  It is public art. 

The travel experts at The GO Group, the world’s largest ground transportation company, suggest seeking out new and interesting installations when you are out of town.  Here are a few recommendations.

Chicago
Forget “The Bean,” this city’s newest public art is a 26-foot-tall statue of Marilyn Monroe, depicting the scene in “The Seven-Year Itch” where a gust of air from a subway grate lifts her skirt.  Created by Seward Johnson, the piece is on display in Pioneer Court (the 400 block of North Michigan Avenue on the east side) through the spring of 2012.

Washington, DC
Take a metro ride out to Takoma Park to view a newly-installed mosaic mural by Sam Gilliam titled “From a Model to a Rainbow.”  The 14 ft. by 39 ft. multi-colored ceramic and glass tile work is mounted on aluminum panels. It is installed in the station underpass.

New York
Fans of Sol LeWitt’s two-dimensional work, will be excited to see 27 of his three-dimensional pieces, which he called “Structures,” on view until December 3 at City Hall Park in lower Manhattan.  The pieces were constructed over 40 years.

Milwaukee
IN:SITE, which produces temporary public art shows throughout Milwaukee Country, opened “Art On and Off Capitol,” June 25.  The show, scattered around the 30th Street Industrial Corridor, features nine artists and a wide variety of media.

Toronto
Still Dancing”, by conceptual artist Dennis Oppenheim is located in Toronto’s Mill Square.  The piece incorporates a 38-foot chimney-like structure, circular glass discs, a stainless steel spiral and something that looks like a giant whisk.  The whole piece is flooded with colored lights, operating in multiple directions.

Los Angeles
You’ll want to make a night time visit to “Urban Light” in the courtyard outside LACMA (Los Angeles Country Museum of Art) at 5905 W. Wilshire.  Chris Burden’s spectacular forest of street lights, incorporating more than 200 restored cast iron lamp posts, is lit from dusk to dawn.

The GO Group LLC is a one-stop source for airport shuttles, which transport some 13 million passengers to and from airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe. Travelers can book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports at www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Hotels Beckon Families with Offers

For Immediate Release: Chicago (June 10, 2011)

Planning a family vacation?  Hotels around the world are lining up special deals to welcome you and your children. The GO Group, an international organization of airport ground transportation companies, offers these examples.

San Francisco
The Argonaut Hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf offers a “Neptune Adventure Package” featuring a deluxe queen room for up to four people, full breakfast for two adults and two children, a maritime gift for children, four passes for cable car and Hyde Street Pier plus a Pier 39 Fun Pack.  Rates start at $299 using code PFAM. 

Cancun
Score an all-inclusive Club Med seven-night family package for $599 per person.  Book before July 11 for any time before December 13.  You’ll get overnight accommodations, children’s activities, meals and entertainment.

Disney World
The “2011 Magic Your Way Package” includes overnight accommodations at a Disney Resort, base ticket, giving each person entry to one Disney theme park every day and dining options (one table-service meal, one quick-service meal and one snack per person, per night) plus discounts on other Disney attractions. Rates for four-day/three-night stay start at $1,809.

Chicago
Take your little girl on an American Girl adventure.  The Omni Chicago Hotel will present her with a doll bed, T-shirt, doll pants or skirt from the new American Doll store at the nearby Water Tower mall.  You’ll also receive treats on arrival, a cookies and milk turndown, a $50 food and beverage voucher and entry into a drawing for an American Girl doll.  Prices start at $299.

Hawaii
Families booking one night at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel on the Big Island get a second room free.  If you don’t want the second room, your children will eat free at most onsite restaurants.  Rates start at $399 for an ocean view room.  Valid through September.

Boston
For aquatic enthusiasts, The Omni Parker House offers a Wet-n-Wild package that includes tickets to the New England Aquarium and IMAX Theatre for each registered guest.  Starting at $142 per night, the package also includes breakfast buffet, cookies and milk turndown service and one Omni Kids backpack per child.

The GO Group LLC is a one-stop source for airport shuttles, which transport some 13 million passengers to and from airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe. Travelers can book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports at www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Treat Mom to a Lavish Lunch on Her Day

For Immediate Release: Chicago (April 20, 2011)

Nothing’s too good for mother, right?  That includes where you take her for brunch on Mother’s Day, which falls on Sunday, May 8, this year.  The travel experts at The GO Group, the world’s largest airport ground transportation company, offer the following suggestions for lavish, extraordinary brunches at popular travel destinations.

Chicago
For $120 per adult ($35 for children five to 12) The Four Seasons offers 100 selections of spring-inspired dishes such as leg of lamb with mint pesto, braised veal cheeks with gnocchi and fiddlehead ferns with morel mushrooms as well as traditional brunch favorites.  The bountiful Mother’s Day offerings also includes seafood, sushi, Midwest and Asian food stations topped off by a dessert station featuring chocolate lava cake, orange rose flan and pistachio créme brulee.  Seatings are from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hawaii
If Hawaii is on your Mother’s Day itinerary, you’ll want to brunch at the Prince Court in the Prince Hotel in Honolulu, overlooking Waikiki Harbor.  With a decided Asian influence, the buffet includes Keng Phet and Dim Sum stations as well as a roast pig and Kahlua pig station plus your more standard waffle and omelet stations. Entrées include steamed crab legs, Hoison leg of lamb, grilled snapper, braised veal shank and bow tie pasta with sun dried tomato, grilled vegetables and pesto cream.  The price is $51 per person ($25.50 for children six to 10), and seatings are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Las Vegas
Napa Valley chef Thomas Keller, of French Laundry fame, opened his Las Vegas Bouchon at the Venetian Hotel in 2004 and has been winning high praise from critics and diners ever since.  The strictly ala carte Sunday brunch features many of his signature dishes, including bread pudding style French toast with warm layers of brioche, custard and apple ($12); a Croque Madame with the usual toasted ham & cheese on brioche plus a fried egg and mornay sauce; and sourdough waffles with bananas, toasted walnuts, maple syrup and Tahitian vanilla bean butter.  Brunch is served from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Miami Beach
The Biltmore Coral Gables offers one of the most celebrated and lavish champagne brunches in the area. Served in the Fontana courtyard, the extravagant buffet features numerous delicacies, such as caviar, smoked salmon, shellfish, carved meats, made-to-order omelet’s, pastas, sushi and more.  Brunch culminates with a wall of deserts prepared by Executive Pasty Chef Olivier Rodriguez.  For Mother’s Day, live Flamenco music will be featured. Served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the buffet is priced at $75 ($37.50 for children five to 11).

New Orleans
A culinary phenomenon since 1946, Brennan’s in New Orleans’ French Quarter is known for its imaginative dishes, and the brunch menu is no exception.  For $43, try the sautéed baby veal toped with lump crabmeat and Hollandaise sauce or the $35 fresh sautéed trout topped with pecans and pecan butter.  Both are on the ala carte menu.  The prix fixe menu, at $36, allows you to select one appetizer, one entrée and one dessert from a variety of selections.  Breakfast is served from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

New York
Treat mom to spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline as you brunch aboard the Bateaux, one of New York’s most luxurious cruise ships.  Board at 12:30 p.m. for a 1 to 3:30 p.m. cruise around the harbor.  Brunch, which features live piano music, includes a choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert as well as a glass of champagne.  $69 per person.

San Francisco
In a city where restaurants are taken very seriously,Foreign Cinema located in the Mission District, is one of its most renowned brunch spots.  Chef/Owners Gayle Pirie and John Clark are offering a market fresh three-course Mother’s Day menu with a selection of options for each course priced at $45 per person ($15 for children).  While the menu has not been set, typical Foreign Cinema offerings include Angelica-orange scented grilled chicken, basmati rice, mint pistachios and broccoli rabe with curry vinaigrette as well as slow-cooked scrambled eggs, asparagus, arugula, prosciutto, breadcrumbs and Reggiano cheese.  Seatings are from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The GO Group LLC launched in August 2007 as a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Each year, its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe. Travelers can book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports through GO’s website, www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Judi Schindler
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Airport Shuttle Program

For Immediate Release: Chicago (March 16, 2011)

The Visa discount is no longer available

The GO Group, LLC, launched in August 2007 as a convenient, one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services, transports more than 13 million passengers per year. GO offers the most economical, convenient and earth-friendly way to get to and from the airport.

 

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dyana@schindlercommunications.com

GO Group Members Recommend St. Patrick’s Day Parades

For Immediate Release: Chicago (March 7, 2011)

There’s no reason to drown your sorrows in a lonely pint if you can’t be home to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  Almost every major city has a parade honoring the saintly man who drove the snakes from Ireland.  The travel experts at The GO Group, LLC, the nation’s largest ground transportation company, offers this list of processions where everyone can be Irish for the day.

Baltimore:  St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Sunday, March 13. Held for more than 50 years, the parade kicks off at 2 p.m. at the Washington Monument. For more, visit http://www.irishparade.net.

Boston: South Boston Parade, Sunday, March 20, 1 p.m. In possibly the most Irish city in the United States, Boston bursts with pride during its St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Held annually since 1901, the family friendly parade features floats, music, marching and pipe bands. To learn more, visit http://www.bostoncentral.com/events/boston_st_patricks_day_parade

Chicago:  Downtown Parade, Saturday, March 12, noon.  Start the day by watching the city dye its Chicago River green at 10:45 a.m. then head to Michigan Ave. to watch the parade, which begins at noon.

San Diego:  The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival, on March 12, kicks off with a flag raising at 10 a.m. followed by the parade at 10:30.  It’s one of the largest single-day events in San Diego. For more: http://www.stpatsparade.org.

Toronto: The St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 13, begins at noon and will be led by Grand Marshall Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, the most recognized voice in Irish sports. The procession starts at Bloor and St. George, and finishes at Nathan Philips Square. For more, http://www.topatrick.com.

Waikiki: Tuesday, March 17, the 42nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm. The parade route begins at Saratoga Road and finishes at Kapiolani Park. Visit http://www.hawaiiforvisitors.com/events/saint-patricks-day.htm.

For a list of St. Patrick’s celebrations around the world, visit http://www.st-patricks-day.com.

The GO Group LLC launched in August 2007 as a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Each year, its members transport some 13 million passengers to and from airports in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe. Travelers can book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports through GO’s website, www.goairportshuttle.com.

 

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dyana@schindlercommunications.com

New Museums Offer Something For Every Travel Interest

For Immediate Release: Chicago (February 14, 2011)

Interested in art or history?  Need a rainy day plan for your kids during your Disney vacation? The travel experts at The GO Group, LLC., worked with the American Association of Museums to compile this list of museums that have recently opened or expanded in cities serviced by The GO Group airport transportation companies.

After two years of construction, the entire Pearl Harbor Visitor Center in Honolulu, Hawaii was finally finished and open to the public in December 2010.  The new museum offers visitors a comprehensive look at the infamous attack and the aftermath.

What did the original Mickey Mouse look like?  Find out at The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, Calif. The museum, which celebrated its one year anniversary last October, showcases early drawings of Mickey Mouse, Disney family home movies and groundbreaking technologies.

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History recently moved into an architecturally noteworthy building in the heart of the city’s cultural district. The world-class facility features a collection of new, interactive exhibits and programs. 

History buffs will appreciate the National Museum of American Jewish History, which opened in its new location steps from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in historic Philadelphia. Originally founded in 1976, the museum is the only one dedicated to chronicling the American Jewish experience.

The Museum of Fine Arts, (MFA), Boston opened its widely acclaimed new wing devoted to Art of the Americas in November 2010. The project represents the most expansive initiative focused on American art and culture happening in the world today.

For those with quirkier interests, the world’s first Eight Track Museum is now open in the Deep Ellum Arts District of Dallas. The museum also features other audio formats in an attempt to preserve antiquated media.

Whether you have free time on a business trip or are on a family vacation, these museums will educate and entertain children and adults of all ages.

The GO Group, LLC, launched in August 2007 as a convenient, one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services, also serves some 60 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe, transporting more than 13 million passengers per year. Travelers can book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports through GO’s website, www.goairportshuttle.com.

 

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Hot Spots for Spring Break Offered by The GO Group

For Immediate Release: Chicago (February 14, 2011)

With the holidays long gone and summer a distant four months away. the travel experts at The GO Group, LLC. make these spring break suggestions that offer a respite from the winter doldrums.

Boasting some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, Punta Cana,  Dominican Republic, has emerged as one of the top spots for spring break.  Activities include golfing, water sports and scuba diving off of nearby Sanoa Island. Many resorts, such as Puntacana Resort and Club, Cap Cana, Palma Real Villas  offer all-inclusive deals for the budget-conscious traveler.

Cancun, Mexico is still a popular destination, with steady temperatures of 80 degrees, nightlife that caters to young singles and numerous resorts offering affordable, all-inclusive deals. CheapCaribbean.com offers many discounts and package deals, as low as $599 per person for five nights.

If you are looking for a modern island that still offers the rich history and charm of the past, go to Puerto Rico.  It offers miles of white sand beaches, rain forests and mountains as well as hiking, scuba diving, water sports, shopping, eco-tours and nightlife. For a list of family friendly hotels, www.kayak.About.com

If the beach isn’t your thing, head to Steamboat Springs for excellent skiing. Located in the Rocky Mountains of Northwest Colorado, Steamboat Springs offers a memorable outdoor vacation coupled with genuine western hospitality. Try something new with Red Runner Dog Sled Tours or a snowmobile tour. For a hotel, or to rent a condo, home or townhome atwww.steamboat-springs.com.

While best known for its raucous Mardi Gras, New Orleans hosts many other events found at www.nola.com/festivals, including Jazz Fest,  April 29 – May 8.  Visitors can wander around the French Quarter, enjoy the architecture, watch the street entertainers, and visit historic buildings. The Louisiana State Museum is in the French Quarter and the city is also home the National World War II Museum and the New Orleans Museum of Art.  Listen to great music or go shopping at the Riverwalk and Canal Place, which has higher-end shopping and is within walking distance to the Aquarium of America’s and Harrah’s Casino.

Each of these destinations is served by a GO Group member.

The GO Group, LLC., is a convenient, one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. The company serves some 60 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe, transporting more than 13 million passengers per year. Travelers can book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports through GO’s website, www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
Dyana@schindlercommunications.com

Airport Shuttle Company Launches Travel Deals Page

For Immediate Release: Chicago (January 10, 2011)

Looking for a good deal on a flight to Cancun or a hotel in Boston? The travel experts at The GO Group have launched a “Winter Deals” web site to provide travelers with the hottest travel bargains, discounts and incentives.

The site, www.goairportshuttle.com/deals, also offers a 10 percent discount on airport ground transportation from The GO Group transportation companies at some 60 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe.  The offer is good for both departure and destination cities.

Listings on The GO Group Deals Page will be updated weekly, and visitors are advised to revisit regularly. 

The GO Group, LLC, launched in August 2007 as a convenient, one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services, transports more than 13 million passengers per year.

Contact: Dyana Flanigan
dyana@schindlercommunications.com

The GO Group Expands to Mexico, Caribbean

For Immediate Release: Chicago (July 30, 2010)

The GO Group, LLC, the world’s largest airport shuttle service, has added three new affiliate members, expanding its brand to Mexico and the Caribbean.

The affiliates are Viajes San Miguel, of Mexico City, serving Mexico City, Queretaro and Bel Bajio airports; Puerto Rico Tours, of Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, serving San Juan International Airport; and Coco Tours, of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, serving Punta Cana International, La Romana International, Puerto Plata, Samaná El Catey International, Santiago and Santo Domingo airports.

Negotiations are also underway with STP Caribe in Cancun, Mexico, which will add airports in the Cancun, Riviera Maya, Holbox Island and Costa Maya areas.

“We are very excited about this expansion,” says John McCarthy, president of The GO Group, a consortium consisting of independently owned transportation companies in travel destinations around the world.

“Our travelers will now be able to book airport transportation on the GO website (www.goairportshuttle.com) for some 10 new locations. And, when they arrive at their destination, they will be greeted by our familiar green “GO arrow,” assuring them of the same safety and service standards they enjoy at home.”

The GO Group, LLC, launched in August 2007 as a convenient, one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services, also serves some 52 airports in the United States, Canada and Europe, transporting more than 13 million passengers per year. Travelers can book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports through GO’s website, www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Judi Schindler
judi@schindlercommunications.com

Run, Walk, Show Mom You Care, Says Airport Shuttle Company

For Immediate Release: Chicago (April 26, 2010)

Whether home or away this Mother’s Day weekend, you can use the holiday to really give back to all the mothers out there. The GO Group, LLC, suggests participating in a run or walk organized to support causes pertinent to women.

“Mother’s Day is a great opportunity to show support of mothers everywhere,” says John McCarthy, president of GO Group. “Our team has uncovered some cause-related races around the country that are very worthwhile.”

Suggestions include:

Los Angeles: EIF Revlon 5K Run/Walk for Women, May 8

Join the Entertainment Industry Foundation and Revlon at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Saturday, May 8, to help raise funds to combat women’s cancers. Events leading up to the 5K run/walk begin at 7 a.m. Beneficiaries include the Gilda Radner Cancer Detection Program, Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and more.

Philadelphia: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, May 9
This is the 20th anniversary of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, a 5K run/walk that raises money to fight breast cancer. Events begin at 7 a.m. on Sunday, May 9 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 

New York City: R Baby Run/Walk, May 9
Over 9,000 will gather on Sunday, May 9 to help ensure newborns receive the best emergency medical care. Participate in a 4-mile run or 1.3-mile walk to help raise funds for R Baby foundation, which funds and advocates for pediatric emergency rooms. The event kicks off at 8 a.m. in Central Park.

Chicago: Walk to Empower, May 9
On Sunday, May 9, join a 1- or 3-mile, non-competitive walk that supports the fight against breast cancer. The course begins in Grant Park’s Butler Field. Check-in starts at 6:30 a.m.

GO Group LLC launched in August 2007 as a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Each year, its 28 members transport some 13 million passengers to and from nearly 52 airports in the United States, Canada and Europe. Travelers can book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports through GO’s Web site, www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Judi Schindler
judi@schindlercommunications.com

Printed Books and Magazines Still Preferable To Digital Counterparts

For Immediate Release: Chicago (February 11, 2010)

Even as the selection of travel accessories explodes with new technology like the iPad, e-books and portable DVD players, a recent survey shows travelers overwhelmingly prefer printed books or magazines when given the choice.

Conducted by GO Group, LLC, the nation’s largest airport and ground transportation provider, the survey of more than 250 travelers asked which travel accessory they can’t fly without. Some 73 percent responded with a (printed) book, newspaper or magazine as their No. 1 choice on a list of several options available.

The distant second was the laptop, cited by 10 percent of respondents. The low-tech accessory of the neck support pillow followed, at 9 percent.

Interestingly, a combined total of only 7 percent of respondents cited portable DVD or MP3 players. Other accessories included gel seat pads and bottles of water.

“It’s refreshing to see that in this high-tech era, some of the most traditional travel accessories are just as important as ever,” says John McCarthy, president of GO Group, LLC.

GO Group LLC launched in August 2007 as a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Each year, its 28 members transport some 13 million passengers to and from nearly 52 airports in the United States, Canada and Europe. Travelers can book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports through GO’s Web site, www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Judi Schindler
judi@schindlercommunications.com

Everyone is Irish On St. Patrick’s Day

For Immediate Release: Chicago (March 2, 2010)

Along with hopes of warmer spring weather, March 17 spreads Irish cheer from coast to coast. Travel experts at the GO Group, LLC, the nation’s largest ground transportation company, suggest enjoying St. Patrick’s Day by taking in one of the many parades happening around the country. They include:

  • Boston: South Boston Parade, Sunday, March 14, 1 p.m. In possibly the most Irish city in the United States, Boston bursts with pride during its St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Held annually since 1901, the parade features floats, music, marching and pipe bands. To learn more, visit http://www.bostoncentral.com/events/boston_st_patricks_day_parade/p1130.php.

  • Chicago: Downtown Parade, Saturday, March 13, 12 noon. Kicking off with dying the Chicago River green, Chicago’s St. Patty festivities officially begin at 10:45 a.m. At noon, the parade begins..

  • NewYork City: Fifth Avenue, Wednesday, March 17, 11 a.m. The oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade in America will march for the 249th consecutive year up Fifth Avenue. Each year the parade is led by soldiers of the Irish 165th Infantry and includes members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the 30 Irish county societies..

  • Philadelphia: Sunday, March 14, 12 noon. Hosted by the St. Patrick’s Day Observance Association, Philadelphia’s parade features thousands of marchers, bands, and floats filling John F. Kennedy Blvd. See the route at http://www.philadelphiastpatsparade.com/.

  • Seattle: Saturday, March 13, 12:30 p.m. Anyone with an Irish connection is invited to walk in Seattle’s annual parade with Closing Ceremonies at 2 p.m. Learn more at http://www.irishclub.org/parade.htm.

  • Dallas/Fort Worth: Greenville Ave., Saturday, March 13, 11 a.m. Billed by many as “Dallas’ version of Mardi Gras,” the two-mile parade draws over 1,500 participants, colorful costumes and outrageous floats. See more at http://microapp.dallasobserver.com/stpatricksday/.

GO Group LLC launched in August 2007 as a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Each year, its 28 members transport some 13 million passengers to and from nearly 52 airports in the United States, Canada and Europe. Travelers can book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports through GO’s Web site, www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Judi Schindler
judi@schindlercommunications.com

Pull Up a Bar Stool at the World Series

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Chicago (October 26, 2009) — Going to the World Series? New York City and Philadelphia will be bustling in coming days as fans from all over the world flock to catch a bite of championship action.

Before, during and after each game, fans will congregate at sports bars and restaurants for play-by-play conversation. Travel experts at The GO Group, which provides ground transportation to and from 52 major airports, have researched the sports venues where Yankee and Philly fans will most likely congregate:

New York City

Located right across the river from Yankee Stadium, Coogan’s is the best location to catch the Bronx Bomber postseason spirit. The menu offers everything from steak to salad to shrimp to keep your whole group satisfied before or after the game.

If you’re not going to the game itself, you can still head to the Bronx to see the game from the eyes of a real New Yorker at Stan’s Sports Bar, located at 836 River Ave. This classic New York fan venue is jam-packed with fans and locals there to catch every minute of the World Series.

Philadelphia

Located directly across from Citizens Bank Ballpark, McFadden’s Ballpark sports 33 high definition plasma TVs and two projector screens so fans can see the game from every seat in the house. Whether or not you were lucky enough to score tickets, McFadden’s is a good game-day option.

Or if you’re more interested in local Philadelphia flare, head to The Bayou Bar and Grill in Manayunk to watch the game. Always a fan favorite, Bayou boasts playoff food and drink specials as well as 25 TVs.

“We are excited to serve the airports at both host cities of the 2009’s World Series,” says The GO Group president, John McCarthy. “Our drivers enjoy meeting many fans who travel long distances to support each team.”

GO Group LLC launched in August 2007 as a one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Each year, its 28 members transport some 13 million passengers to and from nearly 52 airports in the United States, Canada and Europe. Travelers can book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports through GO’s Web site, www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Judi Schindler
judi@schindlercommunications.com

Green Initiatives Remain a Priority for GO Group Members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Chicago (October 22, 2009) — When it comes to energy conservation and green programs to help the planet, members of GO Group LLC are stepping up to the plate while continuing to provide top-level ground transportation service to the traveling public.

Sharing a ride to the airport already is a planet-friendly activity in that it reduces gas consumption, lowers fuel emissions from individual automobiles and limits airport curb congestion. In addition, GO Group members nationwide are using other creative techniques to reduce any negative impact that motorized vehicles can have on the environment. For example, Dallas member Yellow Checker Shuttle has introduced low-pollution hybrid buses into its fleet, while GO Alpine in Steamboat Springs, Colo., uses Toyota Prius hybrid vehicles to ferry pairs of passengers to two regional airports. GO Alpine is also participating in the Colorado Carbon Fund Program, offering customers the chance to donate money to offset the carbon emissions of their trips.

In several GO cities, including Chicago, New York and Boston, operators have launched controlled idling, engine oil recycling and other vehicle-specific programs to reduce emissions as well as to save on fuel costs. And The Atlanta Link is conserving energy in its offices through controlled lighting and cooling to offset its overall carbon footprint.

“These programs demonstrate the seriousness of GO Group members to contribute to green efforts as business owners as well as responsible citizens,” noted John McCarthy, president of GO Group. “We all are committed to continue looking at ways to advance our green initiatives.”

GO Group LLC launched in August 2007 as a convenient, one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Each year, its 28 members transport some 13 million passengers to and from nearly 52 airports in the United States, Canada and Europe. Travelers can easily book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports through GO’s Web site, www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Judi Schindler
judi@schindlercommunications.com

Reading Not a Lost Art for Travelers Stuck at Airports

For Immediate Release: Chicago (September 22, 2009) — Despite a measurable decline in reading among the general population, travelers overwhelmingly prefer to read when killing time at the nation’s airports, according to a recent survey.

Conducted by GO Group, LLC, the nation’s largest airport and ground transportation provider, the survey asked travelers to identify which activities they engaged in while waiting at the airport.  Some 83 percent cited reading a book, newspaper or magazine as the No. 1 choice on a list of several options available.

The poll of more than 200 travelers also shows that doing crossword puzzles, Sudoku or other thinking games is the second-most popular method for entertaining oneself while waiting for take off, cited by 29 percent of respondents. Listening to music on an MP3 player was the third-most popular activity at 21 percent, in a survey that allowed for multiple responses.

About 45 percent of the respondents said they found other diversions, such as grabbing a bite to eat, accessing the Internet or buying gifts at airport shops. Other activities included playing handheld video games or watching DVD movies on laptop computers or other devices. Respondents were able to check all of the methods that applied to their time traveling, but reading was the clear favorite activity.

“These results imply that travelers primarily use their downtime at the airport to become either better informed or entertained as they deal with the delays often encountered at the nation’s air hubs,” says John McCarthy, president of GO Airport Express.

GO Group, LLC launched in August 2007 as a convenient, one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Each year, its members transport nearly 29 million passengers to 110 airports around the world using a fleet of nearly 4,000 vehicles. Travelers can easily book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports through GO’s Web site, www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Judi Schindler
judi@schindlercommunications.com

The GO Group Expands to Las Vegas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Chicago (September 3, 2009) — The GO Group, a consortium of ground transportation companies that provide shuttles to and from more than 75 airports around the world, has added Showtime Las Vegas, a tour and shuttle service, to its network.

Showtime provides shared-ride shuttle service from Las Vegas McCarran to both strip and downtown hotels as well as returns.

The company was formed as a sightseeing company in 1998, adding airport shuttles the following year. In 2007, Showtime expanded again to include charters.

Part of the Mark Travel Corporation family of companies, the Las Vegas transportation company operates a fleet of 40 20-passenger, bio-diesel mini buses and 21 57-passenger coaches. It employs 91 drivers.

“We are excited to join The GO Group. We believe the GO branding and national presence will help us expand our airport business and provide cross-selling opportunities with other convention-city members,” says Lisa de Marigny, Vice President – General Manager.

The GO Group was formed in 2007, when 35 independent transportation companies in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe organized under the GO franchise as the world’s largest door-to-door airport shuttle company.

While the regional companies remain independently owned and managed, they market under the GO umbrella. Passengers can make reservations to and from airports in both their departure and destination cities by visiting a joint website www.goairportshuttle.com.

“The GO concept responds to a growing demand in the market for a single-source ground transportation company,” says John McCarthy, president of GO Airport Shuttle.

“Corporate travel managers, convention managers and travel companies tell us they want to do business with one supplier, one phone number and one billing system,” he explains. “Individual travelers also appear to appreciate the opportunity to have a single, reliable source for airport transportation. In 2009, traffic on the GO website has increased 71 percent to 12,000 visitors per month.”

For additional information on The GO Group, visit www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Judi Schindler
judi@schindlercommunications.com

The GO Group Expands to St. Louis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Chicago (August 20, 2009) — The GO Group, a consortium of ground transportation companies that provide shuttles to and from more than 100 airports around the world, has announced the addition of Lambert International Airport in St. Louis to its network.

Best Transportation, a local charter and private car company that in July expanded its services to include airport shuttles, is the newest member of The GO Group.

Owned by sisters Kim Garner and Debbie Rudawsky, Best Transportation has a fleet of 51 vehicles including sedans, classic cars, limousines, vans, limo party buses, minibuses, motor coaches and luxury hybrids.

“We believe the GO branding and national presence will help us expand our airport business and provide cross-selling opportunities with other members of The Go Group,” says Garner, president of Best Transportation.

The GO Group was formed in 2007, when 40 independent transportation companies in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe organized under the GO franchise as the world’s largest door-to-door airport shuttle company.

While the regional companies remain independently owned and managed, they market under the GO umbrella. Passengers can make reservations to and from airports in both their departure and destination cities by visiting a joint website www.goairportshuttle.com.

“The GO concept responds to a growing demand in the market for a single-source ground transportation company,” says John McCarthy, president of GO Airport Shuttle.

“Corporate travel managers, convention managers and travel companies tell us they want to do business with one supplier, one phone number and one billing system,” he explains. “Individual travelers also appear to appreciate the opportunity to have a single, reliable source for airport transportation. In 2009, traffic on the GO website has increased 71 percent to 12,000 visitors per month.”

For additional information on The GO Group, visit www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Judi Schindler
judi@schindlercommunications.com

Flight Delays Don’t Have to Leave Business Travelers Hungry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Chicago (July 21, 2009) — It’s 10 p.m. and your delayed flight has just landed you in town for tomorrow’s business meeting. You’re road-weary, hungry and the hotel dining room is closed. What are your options?

“Missing meals makes business travel even more exhausting,” says John McCarthy, president of The GO Group, the nation’s largest ground transportation company. “If a flight lands late, it’s good to know there are non-fast-food places still serving.”

The GO travel experts did late-night research in the cities they serve for dining options:

  • Atlanta: Midtown Tavern, 554 Piedmont Ave., open 2 p.m. – 2 a.m. Monday – Saturday, and until midnight on Sunday. It features a diverse American menu made “from-scratch.”  To learn the daily pasta and dinner specials, visit http://www.midtowntavern.net/news.php.
  • Los Angeles: Weiland Brewery, 400 E. 1st St., http://www.weilandbrewery.net/WBR/index.php, open nightly to 2 a.m. Located in a 100-year-old brewhouse in historic Little Tokyo, its unique atmosphere and menu keep people coming back for more.
  • Kansas City: Hayes Hamburger & Chili, 2502 NE Vivion Rd., open 24/7. Family-owned, Hayes offers quick, hot, tasty meals, including breakfast. Visit http://www.hayeshamburger.com/default.html for more.
  • Philadelphia: Cavanaugh’s River Deck, 417 N. Columbus Blvd., http://www.theriverdeck.com/index.asp, open noon – 2 a.m. daily. Enjoy a late night meal from a diverse menu, and enjoy its expansive view of the Delaware River and the Ben Franklin Bridge.
  • San Francisco: Café Maritime, 2417 Lombard St., open daily for dinner 5:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. Minutes from Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge, this late-night favorite is the area’s top seafood restaurant. Visit http://www.cafemaritimesf.com/index.html.

GO Group members provide a convenient, one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Its members annually transport nearly 29 million passengers to 110 airports around the world using a fleet of nearly 4,000 vehicles. Travelers can easily book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports through GO’s Web site, www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Judi Schindler
judi@schindlercommunications.com

Summer In The City Sizzles With Urban Festivals To Beckon Travelers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Chicago (May 19, 2009) — If you plan to visit a major metropolitan city this summer, you might want to time your trip around one of the local festivals to be held in urban centers around the world between June and August.

The travel pros at The GO Group, the world’s largest airport ground transportation company, offer a number of suggestions for events celebrating everything from Louis Armstrong to whale watching to hot dogs.

• San Francisco: 33rd Annual Union Street Eco-Urban Festival, June 6 – 7, Union Square. This ultimate “Green Fest” features an organic farmers’ market, arts & crafts created with recycled and sustainable materials, eco-friendly exhibits, 20 gourmet food booths and live entertainment. http://www.unionstreetfestival.com/

• Boston: Boston Harborfest, June 30 – July 5, historic downtown and waterfront districts. Over 200 events daily include: whale watching and Boston Harbor Brunch cruises, a chowder fest, parade, fireworks and live music at City Hall Plaza. http://www.bostonharborfest.com/saturday.html

• Honolulu: Hale’iwa Arts Festival, July 18 – 19, Hale’iwa Beach Park on Oahu’s North Shore. Some 140 visual artists will be featured as well as music, dance, storytelling and cultural history tours. http://www.haleiwaartsfestival.org

• New Orleans: Satchmo SummerFest, July 30 – Aug. 2 at the Old U.S. Mint. This is the 9th annual festival celebrating the life of Louis Armstrong with outdoor concerts, music history seminars, jazz exhibits, an art show, parade and booths featuring local food. http://blog.nola.com/festivals

• New York City: No city celebrates summer like New York, with 36 festivals in July and August. Depending on date, you can attend an international hot dog eating contest, an American Indian PowWow, jazz concerts or any number of street fairs. New York Magazine offers a complete list: http://nymag.com/guides/summer/streetfairs/

• London: Notting Hill Carnival. August 30 – 31, Notting Hill. At carnival, this historic street offers two days of parades, dancing, food and entertainment. The main party is Monday, a bank holiday. http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/whatson/notting-hill-carnival-feature-2194.html

GO Group members provide a convenient, one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Each year, its members transport nearly 29 million passengers to 110 airports around the world using a fleet of 4,000 vehicles. Travelers can easily book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports through GO’s Web site, www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Judi Schindler
judi@schindlercommunications.com

Go Group Members Offer Best Bars For Bowl Games Bragging Or Bawling

For Immediate Release: CHICAGO (December 19, 2008) — If you are an avid football fan and plan on following your team to a bowl game, finding a place to catch the game or celebrate or sulk afterwards is a high priority. Luckily, 18 of the 34 scheduled games are being held in cities serviced by GO Group, LLC, the nation's largest ground transportation provider. An informal poll of GO members resulted recommendations of top hot sports bars for fans to gather (listed by game dates):

  • Las Vegas: Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 20
    Nikki Lee's All-Star Sports Pub and Grille, 2640 E Sunset Rd.
    Submitted by: Showtime Tours
  • Washington D.C.: Eagle Bank Bowl Dec. 20
    Rhino Bar and Pumphouse, 3295 M St. NW.
    Submitted by: The Airport Shuttle
  • New Orleans: New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 21 and Sugar Bowl on Jan 2
    Cooter Brown's Tavern and Oyster Bar, 509 S. Carrollton Ave.
    Submitted by: Airport Shuttle, Inc.
  • San Diego: Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 23 and Holiday Bowl on Dec. 30
    East Village Tavern and Bowl, 930 Market St. San Diego.
    Submitted by: Prime Time Shuttle
  • Honolulu: Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24
    Kanpai Bar and Grill, 404 Ward Ave.
    Submitted by: Speedishuttle, LLC.
  • Detroit: Motor City Bowl on Dec. 26
    Nemo's Bar, Michigan and 8th, downtown
    Submitted by: Checker Sedan
  • Orlando: Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 27 and Capital One Bowl on Jan 1
    Devaney's Sports Pub, 7660 University Blvd.
  • San Francisco: Emerald Bowl on Dec. 27
    Kezar Pub and Restaurant, 770 Stanyan St.
    Submitted by: Prime Time Shuttle
  • Atlanta: Chick-fil-a Bowl on Dec. 31
    Taco Mac (Midtown), 933 Peachtree St. NE
    Downtown locations: 100 Techwood Dr. and One Georgia Dome Dr.
    Submitted by: The Atlanta Link
  • Fort Worth: Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 31
    Billy Bob's Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza
    Submitted by: Yellow Checker Shuttle
  • Nashville: Music City Bowl on Dec. 31
    Bailey's Sports Grille, 408 Broadway
    Submitted by: Anytime Transport
  • Miami: Orange Bowl on Jan.1 and BCS National Championship Game on Jan 8
    The Playwright Irish Pub and Restaurant, 1265 Washington Ave.
    Submitted by: Tri Country Transportation/Airport Express
  • Dallas: Cotton Bowl on Jan 2
    Humperdinck's Dallas, 2208 W NW Hwy,
    Submitted by: Yellow Checker Shuttle
  • Toronto: International Bowl on Jan 3
    Joe Badali's, 156 Front St. West
    Submitted by: Pacific Western Transportation

Visitors to the listed cities can use GO Groups' shared ride vans, limos or charter buses to take them between the airports and hotels. Groups of any size can charter private vans, buses or mini-buses for transportation to the games, the venues listed or anyplace within each members' service area. Book reservations online at www.GoAirportShuttle.com or call 877-544-4646 for private charters.

"Our services are a convenient, economical and safe transportation option for those who are celebrating victories or crying over this losses," says John McCarthy, president of GO Group. "Plus, taking a shared ride is environmentally friendly. With six people on board, a van uses only 30 percent of the fuel that six cars would use and creates 54 percent fewer carbon emissions."

The GO Group LLC launched in August 2007 as a convenient, one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Each year, its members transport nearly 29 million passengers to 110 airports around the world using a fleet of nearly 4,000 vehicles. Travelers can easily book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports through GO's Web site, www.goairportshuttle.com.

Contact: Judi Schindler
judi@schindlercommunications.com

Travelers Change Gift Habits To Offset Recent Baggage Fees

For Immediate Release: CHICAGO (November 18, 2008) — If a giant sleigh and flying reindeer are not an option, how will air travelers bring presents to loved ones over the holidays while avoiding newly imposed fees for oversized /overweight checked bags and security restrictions against wrapped packages?

According to a survey conducted by GO Group, LLC., the nation's largest ground transportation provider, most will ship ahead. Of the 257 respondents, 50 percent will send their gifts through the U.S. Post Office, while 42 percent will use shipping services such as UPS, FedEx or DHL.

Fourteen percent will avoid the issue altogether, either purchasing gifts at their destination, or carrying on board light items such as gift certificates, gift cards and cash. An equal number of respondents said they will continue to carry on unwrapped gifts or check wrapped items.

"The airlines have recently dropped airfares to entice people to travel, but fees for baggage, meals and other surcharges have spurred travelers to be more creative when it comes to finding less expensive ways to bring holiday cheer to friends and family," says John McCarthy, president of GO Airport Express.

GO Group LLC launched in August 2007 as a convenient, one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Each year, its members transport nearly 29 million passengers to 110 airports around the world using a fleet of nearly 4,000 vehicles. Travelers can easily book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports through GO's Web site, www.goairportshuttle.com.

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Survey Finds Travelers Now Taking Earth Friendly Precautions

For Immediate Release: CHICAGO (November 3, 2008) — Whether it's sharing rides to and from the airport or printing only essential pages of their itineraries, travelers are casting a critical eye on earth-friendlier habits, a new survey by a leading ground transportation company shows.

The GO Group LLC, which offers shuttles to and from more than 100 airports in North America and Europe, polled 400 travelers to find that more than 80 percent intend to take shared rides to and from the airport, reducing both fuel consumption and emissions.

Another 80 percent of respondents said they plan to print only essential pages of travel confirmation details, saving paper and ink. More than 70 percent cited use of the bathroom in the airport in order to reduce the need for fuel to power the flush on the plane. And 57 percent of respondents plan to refill security-mandated 3-ounce containers with their own toiletries in a bid to recycle.

Survey respondents also offered their own earth-friendly travel tips, such as bringing fewer pieces of luggage and using the minimum amount of hotel towels. In one instance, a traveler suggested paying a carbon-offset fee after every trip.

GO Group LLC launched in August 2007 as a convenient, one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Each year, its members transport nearly 29 million passengers to 110 airports around the world using a fleet of nearly 4,000 vehicles.

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Go Group Offers Reasons To Travel This Holiday Season

For Immediate Release: CHICAGO (October 1, 2008) — Don't let the airfare hikes, outrageous fuel prices, and possible recession convince you to stay home this holiday season.

According to the members of the GO Group, LLC, the nation's largest ground transportation company, this holiday season may be one of the best for travel since 2001.

"The bargains, enticements and rewards may be too good to pass up as we get closer to the holidays," says John McCarthy, president of GO Group, LLC.

Go Group, LLC, offers five reasons to take that holiday trip this year:

  • Airports will be less crowded than in previous years: Christopher Elliott, travel reporter at MSNBC, predicts the economy may force many travelers to forfeit their holiday trip this year. This could mean smaller crowds at the airports, and possibly lower airfares over the next few months.
  • Hotel bargains: According to Meetingwave, an online networking service for business executives, finding last-minute deals through distressed room inventory, like priceline.com will be better than it has been in years. Many travelers may opt to stay with family and friend to help save expenses, leaving more room for the rest of us.
  • Possibly lower gas prices: Both presidential candidates have pledged to lessen U.S. dependence on foreign oil. So, no matter who wins the election, this could be a signal to the OPEC nations to reduce prices.
  • Last chance to use frequent flyer rewards: Many airlines have announced changes to their frequent flyer programs, such as increasing the number of point requirements and reducing the number of seats available for members. By using your rewards this holiday season, you may avoid tighter restrictions in the future. Check out www.frequentflyer.com for more details on the changes.
  • Family: Visiting friends and family is the single biggest reason Americans travel during the holidays. Visits account for 53 percent of all Thanksgiving long-distance trips and 43 percent of long-distance trips during Christmas. For many, it's the only time they see their whole family.

GO Group, LLC members provide a convenient, one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Members transport nearly 29 million passengers to 110 airports annually. For more information or to book transportation, visit www.goairportshuttle.com.

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Go Group Suggests Going Green In Convention Cities

For Immediate Release: CHICAGO (August 5, 2008) — The travel experts at GO Group, LLC, the nation's largest ground transportation company, have sightseeing suggestions for convention-going Democrats and Republicans that are aligned with both parties' pledges to host environmentally sensitive conventions.

GO, which provides shared-ride shuttles to and from airports around the world, including those in Denver and Minneapolis-St. Paul, offers delegates tips for "green sightseeing" between speeches and caucuses.

Democrats meet in Denver Aug. 25 to 29, while Republicans are scheduled for Minneapolis Sept. 1 to 4.

"Both cities enjoy countless green activities," says Bob Flynn, general manager of Denver's GO Shamrock Airport Express. "We understand the action is at the convention halls, but we hope delegates make time to discover the beauty of their surrounding environments."

Green suggestions for Denver include:

  • Farmer's Markets: Support locally produced, organically-grown foods at Denver's farmer's markets provide organically-grown foods. Visit www.coloradofreshmarkets.com.
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency in a fun and interactive setting for all ages.
  • Outdoor Recreation: Denver and the surrounding area is a great place for hiking, mountain biking, kayaking or horseback riding. For more information visit www.denver.org .

Kurt Marquardt, president of GO Rochester Direct, in nearby Rochester, Minn., thinks Republicans will enjoy these green activities:

  • Biking: Recently ranked the best place in the country for bicycle commuting, Minneapolis-St. Paul has nearly 200 miles of paths between them. Visit http://www.minneapolis.org/page/1/Top-Spots-Bike-Routes.jsp to learn more.
  • Park System: Minneapolis boasts 170 parks throughout the city with hiking/biking trails, horseback riding, canoeing and more.
  • Historic Walking Tour: For free guided walking tours of Minneapolis' historic sites, visit www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/hpc/walking-tours.asp.

Delegates to both conventions are reminded that shared ride shuttle services reduce fuel consumption, air-polluting emissions and traffic congestion over taxis or private cars.

GO Group, LLC members provide a convenient, one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Members transport nearly 29 million passengers to 110 airports annually. For more information or to book transportation, visit www.goairportshuttle.com.

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Go Airport Shuttle Suggests Memorial Day Excursions

For Immediate Release: CHICAGO (April 21, 2008) — Memorial Day is usually the jump-start of summer travel, where families fly off for a three-day weekend of fun — but it is also a time to honor Americans who have given to their country in times of war.

The travel experts at GO Airport Shuttle, the nation's largest ground transportation company, suggest you can do both. Regardless of your travel destination, there is likely to be a significant memorial to visit over the holiday.

"Take the time to reconnect with America's history," says John McCarthy, president of GO Airport Shuttle. "It's a great way to honor those who gave their lives and helped shape this country."

GO Airport Shuttle polled its members around the country for suggestions on the most interesting and important war memorial sites in their regions. Among them:

  • Lexington and Concord, Mass, Minuteman National Historical Park: This is where the "shot heard around the world" was fired, marking the start of the American Revolution in 1775.
  • Gettysburg, Pa., Gettysburg National Military Park: Gettysburg is considered the Civil War's bloodiest battle. During the three days of fighting, roughly 50,000 soldiers were injured or killed.
  • Honolulu, Hawaii, USS Arizona National Memorial: On December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor, sinking a dozen American ships, including the USS Arizona. The event brought the U.S. into World War II.
  • New Orleans, La., National World War II Museum: Designated by Congress as America's official World War II museum, this attraction combines interactive displays, videos and stories documenting that period.
  • Arlington, Va., Arlington National Cemetery: More than 245,000 people are interred at Arlington, including soldiers of all American wars, past presidents and former slaves.
  • New York, NY, Ground Zero: This memorial (under construction) will pay tribute to those who were killed in the terrorist attacks of 9/11. It reflects the awe-inspiring compassion shown in the aftermath and creates a place for learning about terrorism and its deep effect on today's society.
  • Kansas City, Mo., The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial: Opened in 2007, this is the first and only American museum solely dedicated to preserving objects, history and personal experiences of Work War I. More than 50,000 artifacts are displayed.
  • Danville, Ca, Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial: This site of recognizes a massive explosion occurring July 17, 1944, when munitions ships loaded for the Pacific Theater blew up, killing 320 men.

GO Group members provide a convenient, one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Each year, its members transport nearly 29 million passengers to 110 airports around the world using a fleet of nearly 4,000 vehicles. Travelers can easily book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports through GO's Web site, www.goairportshuttle.com.

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Go Airport Shuttle Shares Tips For President’s Day Family Travel

For Immediate Release: CHICAGO (January 21, 2008) — Parents looking to maintain harmony on trips over President's Day weekend can benefit from insider travel secrets from members of GO Group, a global consortium of 39 independent airport shuttle operators. The holiday weekend begins Friday, Feb. 15 and runs through Monday, Feb. 18.

"Family travel is wonderful — once you get to your destination," said John McCarthy, president of GO Group. "It's getting there that can be stressful and everything is complicated by taking care of children's needs. Our members have plenty of experience in helping out."

For families with infants, Knights Limo Service in Boston suggests checking if the local shuttle service allows travelers to leave their car seat with the service during their trip, to be picked up on the way back home. If you decide to travel with a car seat, GO Airport Express in Chicago also recommends making sure it's a model that the airlines will allow in the cabin.

Other tips from GO members include:

  • Remember to ask your GO shuttle service provider about child discounts when booking your ride to the airport (most GO members offer fare breaks).
  • Book seats in different sections for you and your spouse. This allows couples to trade off child care, and gives each person a chance to take a break.
  • Always pack medications, phone chargers and extra changes of clothes in a carry-on bag. These are vital in the event of lost luggage or long airport delays.
  • Photocopy your credit and identification cards. Leave one copy at home and bring the other in your carry-on. Also bring copies of your children's birth certificates.
  • Keep kids informed of what is happening during your flight and in the terminal to keep them calm and aware of their surroundings.

GO Airport Shuttle launched in August 2007 as a convenient, one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Each year, its members transport nearly 29 million passengers to 110 airports around the world using a fleet of nearly 4,000 vehicles. Travelers can easily book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports through GO's Web site, www.goairportshuttle.com.

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Go Group Offers Travel Tips Just In Time For Holiday Travel Crush

For Immediate Release: CHICAGO (December 19, 2007) — "Cheer" may not be the word air travelers have in mind when embarking on their holiday travels, given the prospects of traffic jams, long lines and short tempers during the busiest time of the year at airports.

But members of GO Group, a global consortium of 39 independent airport shuttle operators, have collected their best suggestions for smoothing out the stress factors in hopes of making journeys more joyful.

On the planning and packing front, GO Shuttle Express in Seattle suggests layering the contents of your carry-on bag. Layering clothes, then electronics, more clothes, and then any heavier items will help security officers see what's in your bag when x-raying it, and offset security line delays.

And don't forget to bring your cell phone charger in your carry-on (in case you become stranded or delayed by poor weather conditions) — it can be a lifesaver, says GO Airport Passenger Service in Minneapolis.

Yellow Checker Shuttle in Dallas recommends checking your arrival and departure airport's Web sites before leaving the house for terminal maps and local weather conditions.

Alternatives to driving and parking at the airport are a must at the holidays when the parking lots fill up fast and it?s hard to find a space. GO Airport Connection in Milwaukee points out that more than one person has missed a flight for want of a place to park. And GO Airport Shuttle in Baltimore adds that anyone weighing parking versus a shuttle should, "think of returning to a snow-covered car in a distant parking lot."

Some other tips from GO Group members include:

  • Do not carry wrapped gifts in carry-on or checked luggage. Any wrapped packages in your carry-on will be opened when going through security. The TSA will also unwrap presents in checked luggage if they open you bag during screening.
  • Keep undeveloped film in your carry-on bag, and avoid x-raying film that is faster than 800-speed by reporting it to a security agent for inspection.
  • View the latest security changes and the TSA's prohibited items list by checking the TSA Web site at www.tsa.gov before packing.
  • International travelers should check the U.S. Department of State Web site at www.state.gov for the nearest U.S. consulate in the country you are visiting. Bring copies of your passport and/or visa. In the event you lose either, the copies will help you get a replacement faster. The Web site also gives information about any foreign travel warnings.

Launched in August to serve as a convenient, one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services, GO Airport Shuttle serves 110 airports around the world with a fleet of 3,765 vehicles that transport close to 29 million passengers annually.

Through GO's Web site, www.goairportshuttle.com, travelers can easily book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports.

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Go Airport Shuttle Offers Thanksgiving Rebate

For Immediate Release: CHICAGO (November 9, 2007) — GO Airport Shuttle will offer a $5 rebate to Thanksgiving travelers who book their ground transportation online to and from both departure and arrival airports.

The promotion covers shuttles booked from Tuesday, Nov. 20 through Monday, Nov. 26 on the GO Web-based reservation system: www.goairportshuttle.com. Passengers can claim their rebates by e-mailing info@goairportshuttle.com and providing reservation numbers for all four trips.

Launched in August to serve as a convenient, one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services, GO Airport Shuttle serves 110 airports around the world with a fleet of 3,765 vehicles that transport close to 29 million passengers annually.

Through GO's Web site, www.goairportshuttle.com, travelers can easily book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports. GO Airport Shuttle is comprised of 39 independent airport shuttle operators in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Western Europe who have joined together to form the world's largest airport ground transportation company. All local partners are required to adhere to the same set of operating standards to assure uniform service.

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World’s Largest Airport Shuttle Company Launches

For Immediate Release: CHICAGO (August 7, 2007) — Forty independent transportation companies in the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, France, Italy, Scotland and Spain today announced the formation and launch of the world's largest door-to-door airport shuttle company, GO Airport Shuttle, Inc.

Serving 110 airports as geographically diverse as Kahului Airport in Maui, Hawaii, Love Field in Dallas and Charles De Gaulle Airport in France, GO boasts a fleet of 3,765 vehicles, carrying almost 29 million passengers annually.

The local companies, each of which formerly operated under a separate name, are currently converting their vans, motor coaches and sedans to a uniform green and white GO identity.

A key component of the new company's business model is a central, Web-based reservation system, www.goairportshuttle.com, which also launches today. Through it, customers can conveniently visit one Web site (www.goairportshuttle.com) to book transportation to and from both departure and destination airports, or they can call one phone number 877-544-4646.

"The GO concept responds to a growing demand in the market for a single-source ground transportation company," says John McCarthy, newly-elected president of GO Airport Shuttle and president of Continental Air Transport in Chicago, which operates the newly named GO Airport Express.

"Corporate travel managers, convention managers and travel companies tell us they want to do business with one supplier, one phone number and one billing system," he explains. "We believe that individual travelers also will appreciate the opportunity to have a single, safe, reliable source for airport transportation, regardless of destination. In addition, they'll now be able to accumulate frequent rider points on their ground transportation as they do for other travel-related expenses."

The company's next largest competitor serves 19 airports - all in the United States. GO Airport Shuttle, organized as a closely held corporation, is owned and operated by a core group of the local operating companies that is licensing the use of the GO identity and reservation system to the others. All local operators are required to adhere to the same set of operating standards.

The new company is an outgrowth of GroundNet, an association of airport transportation companies that traces its origins to a 1993 meeting in Los Angeles attended by six airport shuttle companies from the United States and Europe, according to Paul Seeger, executive director of GroundNet and president of GO Prime Time Shuttle of Connecticut.

While positioning itself as a global company, the local operators that comprise GO Airport Shuttle will remain independently owned and managed.

"Local ownership gives customers the assurance they will receive the same high level of customer service in every location," says Seeger. "When you go with GO, the boss is always nearby to make sure the passenger experience is comfortable, affordable and on time."

GO Airport Shuttle provides shared-ride transportation service to and from 110 airports around the world. Reservations can be made online at www.goairportshuttle.com or by calling 877-544-GOGO (4646).

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