WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Bus Association is arriving in just days to St. Louis and the America’s Center for Marketplace, January 10-13, 2015. In terms of size, economic impact and quality of membership, ABA and Marketplace is one of the industry’s largest shows for motorcoach operators, tour operators, and travel and tour industry professionals.
At Marketplace, delegates are projected to have more than 100,000 face-to-face business meetings with people from across North America. More than 3,000 delegates will book tens of millions of dollars’ worth of business to destinations, attractions, and hotels in the United States and Canada. There are also more than 40 professionally run educational programs and networking opportunities with fellow business leaders.
ABA’s Marketplace is the first motorcoach, travel and tourism industry trade show of the year. It sets the tone for the entire year. The 2014 Marketplace in Nashville, Tenn., generated nearly $130 million in total booked business. That is a 19% increase over 2013.
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DePaul University of Chicago and the school’s Chaddick Institute will release its annual report showing the eighth consecutive year of growth for the scheduled service, point-to-point segment of the motorcoach industry. The report will also detail why free onboard amenities including Wi-Fi and 110 volt electric plug-ins, along with upgraded luxury service, are expanding.
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Research by the respected ABA Foundation shows motorcoach travel and tourism generates as many as 1.4 million jobs in communities across the United States, paying over $62 billion in wages and benefits. The U.S. Travel Association reports direct spending in the U.S. by domestic and international travelers was up nearly 4% in 2013 to $880 billion.
Highlights of ABA’s Marketplace:
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