Schedule

ABA'S ANNUAL MEETING & MARKETPLACE DATES AND DEADLINES


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April 26
Registration Opens at Noon ET for Operators, Associates, Receptives, Allied Associations, Charter Operators
April 27 Registration Opens at Noon ET for Lodging, Attractions
August 18
Early-Bird Deadline
August 21 Housing Reservations Open at Noon ET
September 21
Sign-Up Opens for Research Databases and Volunteer at Noon ET
September 28
Appointment Requests Begin at Noon ET
January 5
Appointment Requests Due
January 17
Appointment Schedules Sent/Manual Scheduling Begins at Noon ET
January 30
Manual Scheduling Ends

MARKETPLACE TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24

8 a.m.
Coach Exhibit Move-in

THURSDAY, JANUARY 25

9 a.m.-5 p.m. National Bus Traffic Association Meeting

FRIDAY, JANUARY 26

8 a.m.-4 p.m. National Bus Traffic Association Meeting
8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. International Motorcoach Group Train the Trainer Workshop
8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sponsor/Exhibit Booth Set-Up (Booths must be set by 9 a.m. on Saturday)
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
ABA Board of Directors Meeting
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Orientation Center Subcommittee Meeting & Set-Up
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Resource Central Subcommittee Meeting & Set-Up (Meeting at 1 p.m.)
10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Complimentary Airport Shuttle
1–5 p.m. International Motorcoach Group Maintenance Sessions/International Motorcoach Group Safety Sessions
2–5 p.m. Florida Motorcoach Association Board Meeting
2–6 p.m.
Registration/Service Centers Open, Foundation Silent Auction Begins and Sightseeing Ticket Pick-Up
5-6 p.m.
Certified Travel Industry Specialist (CTIS) Committee Meeting
5-6 p.m.
Education Subcommittee Meeting
7 p.m.
Experience Charlotte on Your Own

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27

7-8 a.m.
Sightseeing Ticket Pick-up
7 a.m.–6 p.m.
Marketplace Floor, Service Centers, and Registration Open
7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. International Motorcoach Group Maintenance Sessions/International Motorcoach Group Safety Sessions
8-11 a.m.
ABA Board of Directors Meeting
8:30-10:30 a.m. NAMO Board Meeting
8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Sightseeing Tours
Sponsored by Visit Charlotte and Partners
9-11 a.m.
Entertainer Motorcoach Council Meeting
11 a.m.-Noon
ABA Executive Committee Meeting
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Hispanic Motorcoach Council Meeting
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Women in Buses Council Meeting
Sponsored by North Dakota Tourism
Noon-1 p.m.
Bus Industry Safety Council (BISC) Executive Committee Meeting
Presented by ABC Companies
1-1:30 p.m.
ABA Annual Meeting
Sponsored by BusPAC
1:30-5:30 p.m.
Education Seminars/Education Bites
1:30–6 p.m.
Networking Floor Reception
Sponsored by Explore Charleston, Connecticut Office of Tourism, Nashville, TN, National Interstate Insurance, Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, South Dakota Dept. of Tourism, TEMSA-CH Bus Sales
2-4 p.m.
ABA's State/Regional Association Roundtable
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Bus Industry Safety Council (BISC) Orientation Session
Presented by ABC Companies
4 p.m.
ABA Foundation Live Auction
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Operator Reception
Sponsored by “Sweet Home” Alabama
7 p.m.
Explore Charlotte on Your Own

SUNDAY, JANUARY 28

7–7:30 a.m.
Ecumenical Service
Sponsored by The Calvin Gilmore Theater: Home of the Carolina Opry
7 a.m.–6 p.m.
Marketplace Floor, Service Centers, ABA Foundation Auction and Registration Open
7:30 a.m.–4 p.m. International Motorcoach Group Maintenance Sessions
7:45-8:45 a.m.
Operator Breakfast
Sponsored by Myrtle Beach Area CVB and Partners
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Bus Industry Safety Council (BISC) Meetings
Presented by ABC Companies
9 a.m.-5 p.m. International Motorcoach Group Safety Sessions
9 a.m.–5:32 p.m.
DMO/Receptive/Charter Appointment Sessions
9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Education Seminars/Education Bites
12:20–2:15 p.m.
All-Delegate Lunch
3-5 p.m. Betterez User Group Meeting

 4-5 p.m.

Bus Maintenance & Repair (BusMARC) Council Orientation Session
Presented by ABC Companies
5:45-6:30 p.m. Certified Travel Industry Specialist (CTIS) Photo, Graduation and Reception
Sponsored by ABA
7-10 p.m.
Evening Event at the NASCAR Hall of Fame
Sponsored by Visit Charlotte

MONDAY, JANUARY 29

7 a.m.–6 p.m.
Marketplace Floor, Service Centers, and Registration Open
7:45-8:45 a.m.
Operator Breakfast
8 a.m.-1 p.m. Betterez User Group Meeting
9 a.m.–5:47 p.m.
Lodging/Attraction/Associate/Allied Associations Appointment Sessions
9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Bus Industry Safety Council (BISC) Meetings
Presented by ABC Companies
9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Bus Maintenance and Repair Council (BusMARC) Meetings
Presented by ABC Companies
9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Education Seminars/Education Bites
12:20–2:25 p.m.
Best of Broadway All-Delegate Lunch
Sponsored by Group Sales Box Office at Broadway.com
3 - 5 p.m. Distinctive Systems Annual User Group Meeting
Invitation Only
7–10 p.m.
Dine Around Charlotte
Click for Dine Around Guide
Sponsored by Visit Charlotte
9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Foundation Afterglow
Sponsored by Hard Rock Cafe International

TUESDAY, JANUARY 30

7 a.m.–6 p.m.
Marketplace Floor, Service Centers and Registration Open
7:45–8:45 a.m.
Operator Breakfast
8 a.m.-Noon Security Plan Workshop
Sponsored by TSA
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Bus Maintenance and Repair Council (BusMARC) Offsite Meetings
Presented by ABC Companies
9 a.m.–5:32 p.m.
Lodging/Attraction/Associate/Allied Associations Appointment Sessions
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Education Seminars/Education Bites
Noon
Final Buyer Mailbox Delivery
12:20–2:15 p.m.
All-Delegate Lunch
Sponsored by Atlantic City
3 p.m.
Foundation Silent Auction Closes
6-8 p.m.
Motorcoach and Exhibitor Move-Out
7-10 p.m.
Louisville Kentucky Red Hot Closing Night Celebration
Sponsored by the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Kentucky Department of Tourism
You are invited to join us for a red hot closing celebration filled with roses, a touch of liquid heat and the full red carpet experience. Entertainment by the Louisville Crashers (back by popular demand). All delegates are encouraged to wear RED (bowties and hats always welcome).

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31

5:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Complimentary Airport Shuttle