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Wednesday, 10 April 2013 03:54

NTA, UMA Join for Motorcoach Safety Roundtable

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NTA 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 look forward to a productive exchange of ideas and information about motorcoach safety, with an eye toward awareness and education among tour providers.

Wednesday, 03 April 2013 04:12

ABA Sponsors Tourism Cares NYC Cleanup Efforts

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Ready to help with the cleanup efforts of Hurricane Sandy in New York City, Tourism Cares has partnered with NYC & Company, the city of New York, and hundreds of other travel industry partners in order to help get residents back into their homes and back to their lives.

A just-released economic survey of delegates attending the American Bus Association’s 2013 Marketplace in Charlotte, North Carolina, shows that, once again, ABA’s Marketplace is unmatched as the industry travel and trade show where business gets done. 

The report by the New York economic consulting firm John Dunham and Associates shows that Marketplace generated $108.3 million in booked and future business for show participants. 

That $108.3 million figure represents a $30 million increase from 2012 to 2013, or a twenty-eight percent growth over the total amount of business generated at Marketplace 2012 in Grapevine, Texas, where the figure was $78.7 million.

Five categories of Marketplace attendees—receptive operators, lodging representatives, destination marketing organizations (DMOs), attractions, and associates—were surveyed. Respondents were asked to list the amount of business generated in three categories: business booked at Marketplace 2013, business booked following Marketplace 2013, and the total amount of business that respondents expected to generate from Marketplace 2013 contacts. The survey sample is statistically significant to within +/- 3.3%.

The results of the survey showed that attendees across all member types had an enormous amount of success at ABA’s Marketplace 2013. The average business booked per firm due to Marketplace in 2013 is $78,440.

Marketplace offers a great return on investment, which is just one reason that motorcoach, travel, and tour professionals look to ABA’s Marketplace as the first and best industry event of the year and the only show they need to attend to generate exceptional business.

“We were very confident that the 2013 Marketplace in Charlotte was going to be a great show, and the results from this report exceeded all of our expectations,” said ABA President and CEO Peter Pantuso, CTIS.  “Since the first Marketplace in 1979, ABA has always helped our members build long-term relationships with their colleagues that will allow them to grow their businesses in the future.  A lot of shows can provide a return on investment to their attendees, but only ABA and Marketplace deliver relationships plus a return on investment that can take your business to the next level,” added Pantuso.

ABA’s 2014 Marketplace will be held January 11-15 in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, in the new Music City Center. Registration opened April 10 for motorcoach and tour operators, DMOs, receptive operators, and associates. It opened April 11 for hoteliers and attractions. Complete information can be found on ABA’s website at www.buses.org/Marketplace-2014 .

Source: ABA 

Thousands of United States and Canadian citizens crossing the 5,525-mile border between the two nations each week are the reason key motorcoach, transportation, and tourism officials from both countries met at the American Bus Association’s Washington, D.C., headquarters.

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