Every year, the American Bus Association (ABA) and Destinations magazine honor outstanding supplier members who go above and beyond in the travel industry with their annual Best of the Best Awards Program. In the sixth annual awards program, the ABA awarded GoMedia, an Icomera subsidiary, a 2021 Best of the Best designation in the Entertainment category.
Those designated Best of the Best have the support of their peers and customers and are known for excellent service. GoMedia was one of only six companies to be recognized in the Entertainment category out of nearly 60 entries.
“Each of these winners adapted to the ever-changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic and provided a respite for travelers who could not imagine a world without travel”, said Peter Pantuso, president & CEO of the American Bus Association. “That’s why we’re honoring the Best of the Best for 2021, featuring 59 top destinations, experiences, and more.”
GoMedia was acquired by Icomera in September 2020, and its technology seamlessly integrates with Icomera’s centralized connectivity platform, allowing a whole host of passenger-centric applications to be deployed from a single piece of hardware, delivering both cost efficiency and long-term reliability.
“Digitalization is having a significant impact on the way we travel,” said Gabriel Lopez-Bernal, Icomera’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing for North America. “As expectations continue to rise, so does the demand for bus and motorcoach operators to provide exciting new amenities for their passengers, of which onboard entertainment is one of the most sought-after.”
Bus and motorcoach operators across North America are catching sight of GoView, the powerful onboard digital hub, made accessible to passengers using their personal smart devices. Premium entertainment takes center stage, featuring Hollywood movies, popular TV shows, breaking news and more. To name a few, Greyhound, ROX, RedCoach and Thompson Valley Charters are four North American customers providing GoView to their passengers today.
“Providing Wi-Fi and onboard entertainment for leisure travel improves the overall experience and increases satisfaction”, said Roger Matthews, Managing Director of GoMedia. “When passengers are engaged with content, the perceived journey time is reduced, having a positive impact on propensity to travel.”
In 2021 alone, Icomera and GoMedia have been recognized for innovative technology and end-user satisfaction, including:
- 2021 Best Passenger Transport Entertainment Platform 2021 at the Media Innovator Awards
- 2021 Innovative Solutions Award for Passenger Experience by Metro Magazine
- 2021 Cross Industry Partnership at the Railway Innovation Awards
- 2021 Wireless Router of the Year from Mobile Breakthrough Awards
ABA is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry, with more than 1,000 motorcoach and tour company members in the United States and Canada. Another 2,800 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry. View the complete list of 2021 Best of Best award honorees here.