Visit Canton Shows Off Area to Tour Operators

Visit Canton Shows Off Area to Tour Operators 
Canton Repository
Jan. 29, 2017
By Rich Desrosiers

The largest event in Cleveland since last summer's Republican National Convention occurred earlier this month, and few people heard a word about it.

Fortunately for Stark County and its tourism industry, Visit Canton - the county's Convention & Visitors' Bureau - worked alongside the Akron/Summit and Tuscarawas County visitors' bureaus to make sure our region's attractions were brought to the attention of a group that can bring big dollars to our communities: tour bus operators.

The American Bus Association held its annual convention over four days in mid-January. The event drew more than 3,500 tour operators, suppliers and exhibitors to the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.

Allyson Bussey, president of Visit Canton, said group tours brought about 2,000 buses to Stark County last year, and the goal is to exceed that number this year.

"Getting this kind of exposure is a big deal," she said, "and not just for Cleveland, but for the entire region."

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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
Office: (202) 218-7220
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