WASHINGTON — The ABA Marketplace will have more than 100,000 face-to-face business meetings with people from all across North America next week to book hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of business to destinations, attractions and hotels in the United States and Canada. They will also take advantage of professionally run educational programs and network with fellow business leaders.
More than 3,300 delegates are registered and will attend ABA’s 36th Marketplace Jan. 11-15. At ABA’s 2013 Marketplace in Charlotte, N.C., the New York City-based economic consulting firm John Dunham and Associates reported that the convention generated more than $108.3 million in total business at the event and in future economic activity. John Dunham and Associates will be at Marketplace again this year conducting the latest survey.
Americans are Riding Motorcoaches
At Marketplace, DePaul University of Chicago will release its annual report showing the seventh consecutive year of growth in departures for the curbside segment of the motorcoach industry. The director of DePaul’s Chaddick Institute, Professor Joseph P. Schwieterman, along with ABA President and CEO Peter Pantuso and ABA Chairman Tom JeBran, will present the report and take questions from reporters on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 10a.m. CST/11 am. EST.
For out-of-town reporters wishing to participate, a telephone bridge is available; the number is 1-877-320-2871, and the ID number is 4913586256#.
TEMSA will also unveil its new product line of motorcoaches on Jan. 14 at 9:30 a.m. CST/10:30 a.m. EST at its booth, and key officials from the company will be available to talk with reporters.
Highlights at ABA’s Marketplace:
The ABA Foundation will host both a live and silent auction to raise money for industry research and scholarship initiatives. Items including resort vacations, signed celebrity memorabilia, group tour packages and other items will be available. Plus the live auction of an ABC Companies — Model M1235 Mid-Sized Coach Motorcoach.
Great evening events that showcase Nashville, including an exclusive concert for Marketplace delegates by country music star Martina McBride at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum on Sunday, Jan. 12. On Monday Jan. 13, it’s “A Night at the Grand Ole Opry.”
- A meeting of the Bus Industry Safety Council (BISC), where leading safety and security experts in the motorcoach industry discuss the best ways to make travel by motorcoach, already the safest form of surface transportation, even safer. At this year’s Marketplace, the BISC is meeting in conjunction with the International Motorcoach Group.
- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will hold two listening sessions on FMCSA’s new entrant program for motorcoach companies. The sessions will be Monday, Jan. 13 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. CST.
- ABA members will also help the Nashville non-profit “Thistle Farms.” ABA has donated more than $240,000 dollars to local non-profits since it began its “Marketplace Gives Back” program seven years ago.
“The Marketplace delegates are going to book a lot of business and have a great time,” ABA President and CEO Peter Pantuso said. “We’re honored to be in downtown Nashville for our 36th annual Marketplace, and this is a record-setting sixth time we’ve been here. We’ve tried very hard to create an environment where our partners can meet, network, take great appointments and achieve a superior return on investment. We also want delegates to have a lot of fun and experience many of the things that make Nashville a world-class city.”
Source: American Bus Association