ABA represents approximately 1,000 motorcoach and tour companies in the United States and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services (commuter, school, transit). Another 2,800 member organizations represent the travel and tourism industry and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry. ABA is also home to ABA Foundation, a nonprofit organization with an emphasis on scholarships, research, and continuing education.
As the industry leader, ABA advances North American motorcoach travel to fulfill the transportation and travel needs of the public.
- Advocate and accomplish the industry's policy agenda
- Attract and serve an increased number of members across all segments
- Enhance the public's awareness and use of motorcoach travel.
- Strengthen the value of ABA's Marketplace event.
- Provide research and information industry and market trends.
- Provide direct economic benefits for ABA members.
- Increase understanding of ABA membership value among current and potential members.
- Provide appropriate representation for all members in ABA's governance structure.
Founded in 1926. Originally called the Motor Bus Division of the American Automobile Association. Reorganized in 1930 as the National Association of Motor Bus Operators and in 1960 changed its name to National Association of Motor Bus Owners. The organization became the American Bus Association in 1977.
Motorcoach Operators - operators own motorcoaches and provide services such as charters, tours, sightseeing, scheduled service, school bus service, special operations, and/or local receptive operations.
Tour Operators - organizes tours without owning equipment and contracts for coach and other transportation, for hotels, attractions and other travel suppliers to offer a package. The tours are primarily to locations away from the company's hometown.
Travel Industry - Tourism-related companies and organizations include travel/tourism/destination marketing organizations, accommodations, attractions, food service organizations, and tourism service professionals such as receptive operators who specialize in tour planning for a local area.
Associates - manufacturers and suppliers of bus products and services.