Committees

Certified Travel Industry Specialist Committee

The CTIS Committee, the American Bus Association (ABA) and Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) are responsible for the course development, promotion, enrollment and administration of the Certified Travel Industry Specialist (CTIS) program. Committee members, ABA staff, and IUPUI staff in support and mutual respect of each other, work to develop new aspects of the CTIS program to ensure the program meets the needs of the industry and students.

  • Marketing Subcommittee
  • Mentoring Subcommittee
  • Research and Evaluation Subcommittee

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee brings marketing and public affairs experts within the industry together with ABA's Communications, Marketing & Media Relations department to serve as strategic counselors as ABA works to provide members with new messaging tools to reach target audiences. The group leverages its collective intellectual capital to act as a sounding board for insights on new projects, identifies future challenges, and prioritizes issues to help the industry enhance its image and elevate awareness of the value it provides to society. The group works toward consensus to ensure that ABA speaks with one industry voice in its external outreach to the media, policy-makers and consumers.

Diversity Committee

The mission of the ABA Diversity Committee is to integrate a philosophy and practice of inclusion into the ABA culture, membership, staff and the community, enabling ABA to lead by example, thus setting the standard for the motorcoach and tour & travel industry.

Lifetime Achievement Award Committee

The Lifetime Achievement Award Committee is a committee composed of ABA members, principally charged with identifying, evaluating and selecting industry veterans to honor with ABA's Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated significant dedication to the motorcoach, travel and tourism industry as well as their community over many years. This is not an annual award, but is presented on an occasional basis as determined appropriate.

Marketplace Advisory Committee

The Marketplace Advisory Committee will be the committee principally charged with developing and implementing a strategic plan for Marketplace. The Marketplace Strategic Planning Committee will look at the value added, pricing, location, and format associated with the ABA show, as well as assess, compare and establish lessons learned from other industry events. A member of the Board will chair the Marketplace Strategic Planning Committee.

  • Education Subcommittee
  • Orientation Subcommittee
  • Resource Central Subcommitte

Membership Committee

The purpose of the American Bus Association's Membership committee is to implement policies, procedures, and strategies for enhancing the membership in ABA both numerically and qualitatively in accordance with the 2012 association strategic plan. In doing so, the mission of the committee mission is to be inclusive, bring all people to the organization, and ensure that all voices are heard. The committee evaluates current membership programs and recommends membership outreach initiatives to ensure a growing and vital membership organization. The committee also aims to ensure that each member realizes the value and benefits of their membership in ABA. 

Top 100 Selection Committee

Members of the Selection Committee that annually chose ABA's Top 100 Events in North America are motorcoach and tour operators who judge hundreds of nominations received from state and provincial destination marketing organizations.

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