October 17, 2011 | Issue #108

Call Your Senators To Save The Bus Security Grants!

The Senate Homeland Security Committee has approved an amendment offered by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) that will eliminate the Intercity Bus Security Grant Program (IBSGP).... more

Schumer, Gillibrand Introduce TRIP Act To Promote Domestic Tourism

Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced the Travel Regional Investment Partnership (TRIP) Act last week. The legislation would promote domestic tourism through a competitive matching grant program.... more

Tourism Spending Up In Virginia

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced last week that visitors to Virginia generated $18.9 billion in revenue in 2010, a 6.7 percent increase over 2009. In 2010, tourism in Virginia supported 204,000 jobs and provided more than $1.3 billion in state and local taxes.... more

New York City Council Holds Hearing On Bus Safety

The Transportation Committee of the New York City Council held a meeting to discuss motorcoach safety earlier this month. During the meeting, the committee passed a series of resolutions endorsing several pieces of federal and state bus safety legislation.... more

Operators Must File ADA Reports By October 31

All operators must file their annual Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) usage and acquisition reports with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) by October 31.... more

Visit Tallahassee Wins Flagler Award For Tourism Advocacy At Florida Governor’s Conference

During the 44th Annual Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism, Visit Tallahassee was awarded with the prestigious Flagler Award, aka “The Henry” for Advocacy for the T.O.U.R. Guide program, outranking larger tourism markets, Jacksonville and Naples.... more

ABA’s Clyde Hart Honored As One Of Washington's Top Lobbyists

Clyde Hart, ABA’s Senior Vice President for Government Affairs & Public Policy, was named to Association Trends Magazine’s list of Effective Association Lobbyists.... more

Foster The People Teams With ‘The Do Good Bus’

A mobile charity organization called “The Do Good Bus” has partnered with the indie rock band Foster the People to promote awareness of local charities across the country.... more

Reminder: Register For ABA’s Next Webinar On Nonverbal Communication

To help our members become better nonverbal communicators, ABA is hosting a webinar on October 19th at 3:00 PM EST titled "Understanding The Importance Of Nonverbal Communication," featuring world-renowned communications expert Jan Hargrave.... more

Marketplace Education Schedule Released, Appointment Requests Are Live

ABA has posted the education schedule for Marketplace 2012 on its website... more

GroupConnect Offers Advertising and Marketing Opportunities

The GroupConnect Family of Online Tools, the official public search engine for www.buses.org and www.omca.com has grown and we now offer more marketing and advertising opportunities for you to reach your target markets, group travelers!... more

New ABA Members To Add To Your 2011 Motorcoach Marketer

ABA warmly welcomes the following new members who recently joined the association... more