APCOA is Europe's longest established full-service parking organisation, and it is the largest parking operator in mainland Europe. "Full-service" covers the complete range of parking and parking-related activities, from managing car parks at airports and shopping centers to parking operations in towns and cities including on-street parking enforcement for local government.
Across Europe, we manage around 4.800 parking sites which contain about 1.4 million car parking spaces. The countries in which we operate are Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.more
APCOA's origins go back 60 years, when a business with the same name was founded in the USA, specifically to set up and manage car parks at various airports (Airport Parking Corporation Of America).Today, overall strategy for the group is steered from APCOA Parking Holdings headquarters in Germany, with each individual country's operations being managed autonomously.
Currently, APCOA is responsible for managing car parking at 29 European airports. The company is experienced with regard to all types of airport parking operations, from short-stay to long-stay, surface car park or multi-storey.
APCOA' constant quest for improvements have resulted in technical innovation and improvements in efficiency and business performance. For example, in the UK the company was the first to link license plate recognition systems to online booking of airport parking (at Gatwick LGW), which has speeded up the entire process to the benefit of all concerned.
Conception, Planning and Development of Car Parks
One critical and very successful initiative by APCOA across Europe in recent years has been the conception, planning and development of new car parks in partnership with landowners and other commerciallyinvolved organisations, including shopping centre management companies and local government. APCOA has project-managed many such new car parks in a number of countries. It has carried out all of the required research, and has liaised with interested and affected parties in order to help steer planning applications to satisfactory conclusions. It has then arranged and sourced finance for the build phases, selected architects and specialist designers, and coordinated the actual construction.
Refurbishment of Car Parks
Some new car park developments are project-managed by APCOA in exchange for a straightforward management fee, while others involve a long-term relationship with revenue and profit sharing at the heart of the arrangement. This in particular is of great relevance where the land owner does not have the financial resources to develop a car park in order to satisfy demand; in such instances APCOA is able to provide and facilitate a totally holistic solution to everybody's social and commercial benefit.However, APCOA also has a great deal of experience in the refurbishment of older car parks.
Car Park Advertising
Agrowing number of car parks are being exploited commercially for their marketing and media potential. The fact is that the walls of car parks and even the vertical surfaces on their moving barriers may be viewed objectively as advertising and promotional media, in the same way as any poster site or even the pages of a newspaper or magazine. APCOA is offering a broad range of media of this specialist area within the car park advertising industry.less
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