LEXINGTON, Ky. — The National Tour Association and the United Motorcoach Association will host a Motorcoach Safety Roundtable with tour operators and the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on April 11 in Washington, D.C. Organizers predict a productive exchange of ideas and information about motorcoach safety, with an eye toward awareness and education among tour providers.
"Our tour operators will get a high-level overview on FMCSA’s role and resources, and then operators can advise FMCSA on how well their message is getting through,” said Lisa Simon, NTA president. “We look forward to creating better pathways to education that will support industry standards and enhance customer safety and service.”
Some 15 NTA tour operators, along with members of the NTA Board of Directors, are expected to attend the session. They will be joined by leaders from UMA, including Victor Parra, president and CEO, who was approached by FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro with the idea of holding a safety roundtable for tour operators.
NTA is closely tied to motorcoach transportation and has a vested interest in motorcoach safety. The association’s 600 tour operator members move more than 9.5 million travelers each year, and nearly all of them are transported by a motorcoach for all or part of their tours.
“Successful tours begin and end with safety, and nobody understands that better than NTA tour operators,” Simon said. “We’re taking action on serious safety matters that are integral to our industry and to our passengers.”
In January NTA joined its annual convention with UMA’s trade show to form Travel Exchange; the merged shows will continue in 2014 in Los Angeles and in 2015 in New Orleans. UMA is also teaming with NTA to sponsor the roundtable.
The NTA members attending the Safety Roundtable will be in town for Destination: Capitol Hill, an industry-wide advocacy event that begins April 10. Members of NTA and other associations will call on elected officials to discuss legislation important to travel and tourism.
Source: National Tour Association