Green Travel Vendors Have Edge Over Non-Green Competitors

Feb 26, 2014, 12:01 ET from GO Airport Express

CHICAGO, Feb. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Most travelers say they prefer to buy from or patronize "green" vendors and service providers when they are out of town, 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 450 people responded to the survey which asked recipients whether they made travel decisions based on companies' environmentally-friendly practices. Of these, a total of 66 percent said being green has at least some influence on their travel purchases, with nine percent of those noting they always prefer green vendors; 24 percent saying they usually prefer them if other factors, such as price and convenience aren't compromised and 31 percent responding that while they prefer green vendors, they wouldn't necessarily base their purchasing decisions on it. 

Just 28 percent said a company's eco efforts have no affect at all on their travel vendor and service provider choices.  

In the survey comments section, respondents wrote that being green should not negatively affect service or price and that they expect efforts to be truly sustainable and not just a "marketing gimmick."

"These results indicate that travelers are environmentally aware, and we anticipate that being green will become more important to purchase decisions," says John McCarthy, president, The GO Group, LLC.  "Companies that find ways to become more eco-conscious while still delivering economical, safe and high quality services will have an advantage over competitors."

By nature, shared rides are green rides. 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.  Many of the GO Group companies, including those serving GO Airport Express; Los Angeles (serving all southern California airports); San Francisco International; Seattle-Tacoma International;  Milwaukee's General Mitchell International;  Dallas-Ft. Worth and Puerto Rico's Luis Munoz Marin International have converted or are in the process of converting 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 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.

SOURCE GO Airport Express