ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The United Motorcoach Association (UMA), an association representing the bus and motorcoach industry, and the National Tour Association, the primary trade association of tourism professionals from the packaged travel industry, are exploring the idea of holding their two annual conferences — UMA Motorcoach Expo and the NTA Annual Convention — in the same place to strengthen the industry and refocus the industry’s event calendar.
This announcement comes a year after the two organizations formed a strategic partnership and took a more active role in each other’s annual meetings.
NTA hosts the Destination and Attractions aisle at UMA Motorcoach Expo, while UMA reciprocates by sponsoring the motorcoach exhibits during NTA’s convention. The two associations share members with common customers, and group travel passengers, along with common challenges and opportunities.
During the coming months, the two organizations will explore the details of a mutual location for their conventions and tradeshows, which will be a gradual process that would take a couple of years to bring about.
“By exploring the co-location of the UMA and NTA conventions into a new robust conference and tradeshow it is an amazing opportunity for our collective memberships and the industry as a whole,” said noted Godfrey Lebron, chairman of the UMA Board of Directors.
NTA Chairman and CEO Michele Michalewicz added, “During this stressed economic climate, it makes sense to explore this because it will save members money and bring them better value and better business.”
In addition to the support for each other’s conferences, UMA and NTA also work together on many programs and legislative and regulatory projects. During the last few months alone, the two organizations have worked to promote the safe operation of equipment carrying passengers and tourists across the country, to ease restrictions that inhibit tourism, and, this month, presented the Obama administration with recommendations to stimulate the economy.
Source: Travel Daily News International