ABA Members Hit Washington, DC to Promote the Motorcoach, Travel and Tourism Industry

A portion of the ABA Fly-In attendees gathers at the Capitol.

Dozens of ABA members from the motorcoach, tour and travel industry convened in Washington, DC this week at ABA’s 2017 Fly-In to make our collective voice heard on a variety of priority issues. These efforts help ensure that our nation's elected officials have a firm understanding of the economic contributions of industry and the issues our member face today and will face tomorrow.

In today’s ever-evolving political landscape, telling your story to lawmakers is more important than ever, especially given the attention on issues critical to the motorcoach, tour and travel industry. While ABA staff works with lawmakers in Washington daily, the effect of meeting lawmakers face-to-face cannot be understated.

Members from all over the U.S. and Canada blanketed Capitol Hill, meeting with Senators, House members and staff, focusing on five priority issues: Intercity Bus Security Grant Program, Lease & Interchange final rule, infrastructure legislation, tax reform, and travel ban executive orders.

Congressman Dan Lapinski (D-Ill.) addresses ABA Fly-In attendees.

The 2017 Fly-In featured presentations by a number of influential lawmakers that have made positive impacts on our industry. Fly-In attendees heard from Highways & Transit Subcommittee Chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.), Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.)

On Wednesday, ABA’s BusPAC hosted a reception at Carmine’s in downtown Washington, DC. New Transportation & Infrastructure Committee member Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) dropped by the event to address the House’s legislative agenda, take questions and learn more about the motorcoach, travel and tourism industry.

ABA's President & CEO Peter Pantuso thanks Congressman Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) for speaking to Fly-In attendees.

Visit  ABA’s Facebook page for photos and videos from the Fly-In and other events.

About the American Bus Association

The American Bus Association (ABA) is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry, with more than 1,000 motorcoach and tour company members in the United States and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services. Another 2,800 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry.


Melanie Hinton, Director of Communications & Media Relations, ABA
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