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 *EXTENDED DEADLINE: WED. JAN. 10 AT 11:59 PM ET*
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.-12:30 p.m. International Motorcoach Group Train the Trainer Workshop
8 a.m.-4 p.m. National Bus Traffic Association Meeting
8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sponsor/Exhibit Booth Set-Up (Booths must be set by 9 a.m. on Saturday)
9:30 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
5-7 p.m. Florida Motorcoach Association Reception
6:30-9:30 p.m. International Motorcoach Group Opening Night Dinner
7 p.m.
Experience Charlotte on Your Own
7 - 9:30 p.m.

ABA Board of Directors Dinner
Sponsored by MCI

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.–5:30 p.m. International Motorcoach Group Maintenance Sessions/International Motorcoach Group Safety Sessions
8:30-10:30 a.m. NAMO Board Meeting
8:30-11 a.m. ABA Board of Directors Meeting

8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Sightseeing Tours
Sponsored by Visit Charlotte and Partners
9-11 a.m.
11 a.m.-Noon
ABA Executive Committee Meeting
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
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
1:30-2:30 p.m.

News from the National Park Service

National parks occupy a unique position in the travel and tourism sector. While parks are important motivation for domestic and international travel and key components of many travel packages and itineraries, the National Park Service doesn't always operate like a typical tourism business. Join Donald Leadbetter, the NPS Tourism Program Manager, for news, policy updates, and other useful information to inform effective collaboration between the agency and the industry. Topics of discussion will include recent proposals concerning seasonal FIT entry fees, commercial use authorization requirements and fees, commercial entry fees, and much more.

1:30-5:30 p.m.
Education Seminars/Education Bites
1:30–6 p.m.
Networking Floor Reception
Sponsored by BluePay, 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.
4 p.m.
ABA Foundation Live Auction
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Operator Reception
Sponsored by “Sweet Home” Alabama
6:30-9:30 p.m. IMG Awards Dinner
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. - 4:30 p.m. International Motorcoach Group Maintenance Sessions
7:45-8:45 a.m.
"King of Rock to King of Pop!" Operator Breakfast
Sponsored by Myrtle Beach Area CVB and Partners
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
9 a.m.–5:32 p.m.
DMO/Receptive/Charter Appointment Sessions
9:30 a.m.-1p.m. International Motorcoach Group Board of Directors Meeting
9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Education Seminars/Education Bites
12:20–2:15 p.m.
All-Delegate Lunch & Entertainment
3-5 p.m. Betterez User Group Meeting - Main Session
3-5 p.m. Asian Motorcoach Council Meeting

 4-5 p.m.

4:30-5:45 p.m. IMG/RTA User Group
5-6 p.m.

Betterez - Happy Hour - Potential customers also welcome by invitation (contact Sales@betterez.com for information)

5:45-6:30 p.m. Certified Travel Industry Specialist (CTIS) Photo, Graduation and Reception
Sponsored by ABA
7-10 p.m.
"Fast Cars & Southern Charm" Evening Event at the NASCAR Hall of Fame
Sponsored by Visit Charlotte, NASCAR HOF, Visit NC, The Outer Banks of NC, & Explore Asheville

Fuel up on fun at NASCAR Hall of Fame during an evening of live music, tasty Southern fare, and full access to the Hall’s exhibits and interactive simulators. After putting the pedal to the metal, race through the state of North Carolina—from the beaches to the mountains—and discover the charm and hospitality we’re so well-known for. This fun-filled evening is the perfect way to catch up with your cohorts before exploring the Queen City.

MONDAY, JANUARY 29

7 a.m.–6 p.m.
Marketplace Floor, Service Centers, and Registration Open
7:45-8:45 a.m.
Operator Breakfast
Speaker Sponsored by Atlantic City
9 a.m.-Noon Distinctive Systems Annual User Group Meeting
Invitation Only
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Betterez User Group Meeting - Hand On Training
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.
9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Education Seminars/Education Bites
10-11 a.m. Industry Trends: The Roll of Technology in the Motorcoach Industry
10-11:30 a.m. Travel South USA Meeting
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. School Bus Council Meeting
3 - 5 p.m. Distinctive Systems Annual User Group Meeting
Invitation Only
5:30-7 p.m. US TEN Event
7–10 p.m.
Dine Around Charlotte
Click for Dine Around Guide
Sponsored by Visit Charlotte
 
While staying in Uptown, find comfort in one of the city’s Southern-inspired restaurants like 5Church, The King’s Kitchen or The Asbury, or treat yourself to swanky options like Stoke Charlotte or Essex. Afterward, enjoy sky-high views at Fahrenheit, live jazz at The Imperial, cozy decor at Sophia’s Lounge or sweet treats at Bar Cocoa. Charlotte’s nightlife is as vibrant as the city itself. If you’re part of the late-night set, venture to the EpiCentre, AvidXChange Music Factory or bustling Fifth Street (look for Dandelion Market) for live music and dancing into the wee hours.
9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
ABA Foundation Afterglow at Whisky River
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.
"Finish Strong!" Operator Breakfast
Sponsored by ABA
8 a.m.-Noon TSA Security and Emergency Planning Workshop
Sponsored by TSA
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Bus Maintenance and Repair Council (BusMARC) Offsite Meetings and Education
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 ABA
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