MARS Donates Dynamic Tour Package to Help Fund a Future

Mid Atlantic Receptive Services (MARS) is pleased to again partner with the American Bus Association Foundation (ABAF) to donate a dynamic tour package for up to 50 people valued at more than $45,000. The tour, entitled “Harbor to Harbor”, will be auctioned at the ABA’s 2020 Marketplace in Omaha, Neb., Jan. 10-14.

The proceeds from this auction item will benefit the ABAF Scholarship program, which recognizes deserving students who demonstrate scholastic ability, leadership, character, diversity, and the potential to be future leaders in the transportation, travel and tourism industry. The ABA Foundation Auction will be held on Jan. 11, 2020, where all tour operators are welcome to place their bid!

MARS has been delighted to donate a deluxe tour “Grand Prize” Live Auction item each year since 2013, with an estimated $100,000+ being raised for the ABA Foundation Scholarship program during this time. MARS partners with major sponsors like the Gaylord National Resort, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, Marriott Hotels, and many others to create special tour packages tour owners have scooped up for only cents on the dollar.  

Anderson Coach & Travel, with more than 80 years in the tour business, has purchased several Live Auction packages over the years. “We have been fortunate to be the successful bidder of the Foundation group tour package on a number of occasions,” said owner Doug Anderson. “We have found the value and expertise of these tours has dramatically helped our bottom line and contributes greatly to our customer offerings. We are very impressed with each of the MARS tours we have purchased! I welcome everyone to bid against me again this year!”

MARS owner Kate Scopetti stated she believes in supporting our transportation industry’s organization, and the Foundation’s scholarship program is a great way to give back. “Our team of committed professionals design unique and innovative tours through creative custom planning, attention to detail, and flawless travel management, culminating in exceptional travel experiences,” said Scopetti.  “We exceed expectations through our passion and dedication to our partners in an atmosphere of honesty and integrity.”

MARS is the leading group tour company in the nation with more than 500 motorcoach and international tours annually to Washington, D.C., the Mid-Atlantic states, nationwide, and many international destinations. MARS creates top-of-the-line group tours while passing on savings and unique touring opportunities to tour operators, group leaders, adults, seniors, cultural heritage groups, schools, churches, scouts, colleges, military and family reunions, and special interest groups.

The MARS family of tour companies includes Go Student Tours specializing in youth educational and travel experiences; Go Sports Tours which focuses on youth, high school and collegiate sports competition and training trips; Go Performing handles all details for individual, ensemble, symphony and marching band workshops, performances and competitions; and providing unique domestic and international team training opportunities, as well as scheduled matches and competitions. The MARS team of talented tour planners, marketing experts, and operational associates will custom-fit every groups’ needs to deliver tours that are truly “Out of this World!”

The ABA Foundation Scholarship program has awarded more than $1 million in financial support to hundreds of scholars since its inception. Full-time employees of ABA members and their dependents are eligible to apply for one of the 20 scholarships offered annually. For more information about the ABAF Scholarship program, visit

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, Vice President, Communications & Marketing, ABA
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