CLEARWATER CEO SPEAKS ABOUT TOURISM AND TAX ISSUES FACING TAMPA BAY
Ken Lucci Joins Clearwater Chamber of Commerce Executive Roundtable
CLEARWATER, Fla. (Oct. 4, 2011) – Ambassador Limousine & Sedan, Inc. (ALS), the largest and most diverse ground transportation provider in West Central Florida, continues to prove their name as a trusted business partner throughout the region. On Tuesday, Ambassador Limousine President and CEO Ken Lucci addressed the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce in an executive roundtable about tourism challenges within the greater Tampa Bay area along with recommendations on how to stimulate local business growth.
Lucci, who recently secured the two largest RNC and DNC transportation contracts, represented private transportation companies and advocated the need for a true regional public transportation system including rail and consolidated bus service. In addition, he encouraged regional branding and marketing of Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Tampa as complete destination.
“To be successful, we must depend on one another,” said Lucci. “Tampa needs Clearwater and St. Pete’s beaches as does Clearwater and St. Pete need Tampa’s facilities. We have it all if we can work together.”
In addition to tourism concerns, Lucci addressed the growing trend in unregulated taxi and car services which operate with subcontractors who should be classified as employees.
“These companies are violating ethical business practices,” asserted Lucci. “Not only are they jeopardizing public safety but their people are being unfairly compensated and the state is losing millions in payroll and unemployment taxes.”
Lucci also spoke about this practice in an interview on WFLA radio last week saying he was concerned that current tax policy will only drive more businesses to operate in this manner.
“Legislatures in this economy need to not focus on successful businesses but rather the illegal entities who exploit the laws as they are written for the sake of making a buck,” noted Lucci.
Lucci has already been asked to share these executive recommendations with tourism officials during a conference call next month.
About Ambassador Limousine
Ambassador Limousine and Sedan Inc. (ALS) is the largest comprehensive ground transportation company on the West Coast of Florida. ALS currently boasts the most prestigious and diverse fleet in the area with an unparalleled reputation for customer service and reliability. ALS offers Cadillac luxury sedans, sport utility vehicles and limousines, Mercedes Benz LimoCoaches, Minibuses and MotorCoaches and the only Rolls-Royce fleet in Livery Service. Ambassador Limousine services corporate functions, weddings, hotels and airport travelers and is the official transportation of the New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Jabil Circuit, and the Renaissance Vinoy Resort. Ambassador Limousine is located in Clearwater, Florida. For more information, visit http://www.ambassadorlimotampa.com.
About the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce
Established in 1922, the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce set out with the vision to be the premier Voice of Business in the Clearwater region. Representing more than 1,400 member businesses, it is one of the largest chambers in the Bay area and has become a large and powerful voice for its members through its ability to partner with other agencies and advocate on behalf of business and our members. For more information, visit www.clearwaterflorida.org.