The road we have traveled…
Since 1935, the Hotard Family has been busing in the Gulf South.
How it all started.
Hotard Bus Line has undergone many changes since its inception in 1935, and we continue to work every day to make our company the leading ground transportation choice for this region.
The Hotard Family entered into the bus business in 1935 with a line run service from the River Parishes to New Orleans, and Hotard Coaches was the first bus company to connect the residents of St. John Parish to New Orleans.
In 1960, Hotard Coaches began as a separate company transporting passengers from the Westbank River Parishes to New Orleans.
Hotard Bus Line remained primarily a line run service until Callen Hotard became involved in the company in the early 80s. Callen and his wife, Coleen, began Calco Travel, a full-service tour and travel agency while Callen was working as a driver for Hotard Bus Line.
As the years progressed, both Hotard Bus companies were servicing the same markets and offering similar services. In 1996, Hotard Bus Line decided to change their name to Premier Motorcoach to set themselves apart from the “other bus company” in town.
In 1999, the Hotard family sold Hotard Coaches to Laidlaw. The company continued operating under the Hotard Family and has kept advancing as one of the region’s largest motorcoach companies.
In 2001, Callen and Coleen purchased Premier Motorcoach and changed the name to Calco Travel to join their travel agency with the motorcoach company. Calco was now a leader in the ground transportation industry, providing transportation all over the country.
In 2007, Callen and Coleen purchased Hotard Coaches from Laidlaw and the bus company was once again under local, family ownership.
Calco Travel and Hotard Coaches operated as two separate bus companies until 2012, when they were merged into one company. The Hotard name was chosen with the Calco logo to represent both brands and their rich history.
In mid-2012, with a desire to bring Hotard and Calco to the next level, Callen and Coleen merged the two companies with All Aboard America. AAA is headquartered in Mesa, AZ, and is similar in size to Hotard and Calco. Backed by an equity group, the parent company, All Aboard America Holdings, was formed.
This provides Hotard with a larger regional footprint and the ability to expand services and opportunities. One such opportunity presented itself in 2014 when Sun Diego became the 3rd charter company to join the AAAH brand. Hotard Coaches’ identity remains the same with Callen leading the organization.
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