Every January, ABA welcomes the travel and tourism community to the first conference of the year – the industry’s premier business event – Marketplace. More than 3,500 tour operators, suppliers and exhibitors come together to kick off a new year of business opportunity and growth. Marketplace is truly a market-place – an active, vibrant forum of buyers and sellers where business gets done. With more than 140,000 pre-scheduled appointments and 800 pre-qualified operators, Marketplace offers a year’s worth of sales meetings in one week.
The American Bus Association has created several affiliated councils to provide added value to your membership through their events.
Bus Industry Safety Council
The mission of the Bus Industry Safety Council is to continually raise the level of safety in the intercity bus and motorcoach industry through collaborative efforts of professionals in a workshop and educational environment.
Bus Maintenance and Repair Council
The Bus Maintenance and Repair Council (BusMARC) addresses the need for continuing maintenance education and compliance training as well as provide a new venue for equipment, parts and service providers to interact with the bus industry.
Entertainer Motorcoach Council
The mission and purpose of the Entertainer Motorcoach Council is to inspire a level of confidence in the safety, reliability, and quality of service for the operations of entertainer coaches employed on a charter or lease basis; actively promote the high quality services of EMC members; and more.
Hispanic Motorcoach Council
The Hispanic Motorcoach Council endeavors to promote the continued growth, fellowship and development of the Hispanic business community in the motorcoach industry. It will do this by serving as a resource center and forum to promote safe motorcoach operations, encourage interaction among operators and transportation planners, and advocate for Hispanic and Minority owned businesses.
Women in Buses Council
Women in Buses Council is to recognize and advance the role of women in the motorcoach industry through networking, education and mentoring programs.