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Tune in to Pete's Playlist for ABA Marketplace 2014

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Every January, the American Bus Association welcomes the travel and tourism community to the first conference of the year—the industry’s premier business event—Marketplace. More than thirty-five hundred tour operators, suppliers, and exhibitors come together to kick off a new year of business opportunity and growth. Marketplace is truly a marketplace—an active, vibrant forum of buyers and sellers where business gets done.  


With more than one hundred forty thousand pre-scheduled appointments and eight hundred pre-qualified operators, Marketplace offers a year’s worth of sales meetings in one week. Provided here is Peter Pantuso's playlist to get you pumped and ready for this year's exciting events!

1. "Leader Of The Pack," The Shangri-Las 

Consistent and strong leadership, led by Peter Pantuso, maintains the direction to serve the North American group tour market.

2. "We Are Family," Sister Sledge

Marketplace is the one show that brings all of the industry segments together, and has for thirty-five years. More than a meeting, Marketplace is a valuable investment that pays for itself many times over and a can’t-miss annual reunion with colleagues and friends, old and new.

3. "For The Love Of Money," The O’Jays

Companies that attended Marketplace 2013 booked an average of $78,440 in business. Total business generated was $108.3 million dollars. ABA’s Marketplace is unmatched as the industry’s premier business event where business gets done.

4. "America," Simon & Garfunkel

The North American focus of ABA’s Marketplace results in powerful buying and selling power of your domestic tour products.

5. "Time After Time," Cyndi Lauper

Listed as the top reason for attending, Marketplace’s seven-minute pre-scheduled appointments provide you with high-quality leads and more business relationship opportunities than any other show.

6. "Downtown," Petula Clark

Nashville is the hottest city in America and easy to access from every part of North America. ABA’s Marketplace takes you downtown, in the heart of Nashville.

7. "Crash Here Tonight," Toby Keith

Marketplace host hotels provide easy access to the Music City Center and serve as a gathering place for all delegates.

8. "Pomp & Circumstance," Sir Edward Elgar

Marketplace offers more than fifty quality seminars conducted by top-rated national speakers and industry experts. The 2014 Marketplace education program offers timely topics on five tracks: technology, professional development, sales/marketing, operations and member benefits, and ROI.

9. "Honky Tonk Song," Terri Clark

With legendary networking and social events, attendees turn conversations from the conference floor into long-term business relationships.

10. "Ticket To Ride," The Beatles

Get your ticket to ride through Nashville on one of the twelve sightseeing tours designed to provide you with a unique view of Music City.

11. "Tennessee Waltz," Patti Page

Operators can dance around the state by signing up for a pre- and/or post-FAM Tour.

12. "We Are The World," Live Aid

There are several ways to give back during Marketplace 2014. Thistle Farms is the 2014 Marketplace charity, and there are various fundraisers throughout the week. Additionally, the ABA Foundation offers a live auction, silent auction, WakeUP WorkOUT, and the Foundation Afterglow.

13. "Big Spender," Sweet Charity

Place your company’s name in the spotlight! The Marketplace sponsorship program is tailor-made to give your organization big name recognition with hundreds of bus and tour owners and operators throughout North America.

14. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," Stevie Wonder

Once you are registered, ABA will deliver results to increase your group business.

Now that you've got the songs down, fast foward to registration or more information at

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