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On the Road
A Year Like No Other

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t’s true that no two are exactly the same, but 2012 is starting out to be a great year and different from any in recent history. First, ABA just completed its annul Marketplace in Grapevine, Texas. According to the surveys, it was the highest-rated Marketplace by both buyers and sellers—ever. With the support of most ABA members who attended, we had in excess of 750 operator member representatives at Marketplace and/ or the Product Pavilion. There were always opportunities for sellers to do business with buyers whether it was

The U.S. House and Senate are on track to pass comprehensive transportation legislation.
travel products or products and services to help bus and tour companies better manage their operations. Everyone at Marketplace was there to do business and was looking forward to doing even more in 2012 and 2013. Operators and sellers were almost giddy about the amount of business that took place on the floor and were thrilled at the prospects for the next two years. Increased travel is often a leading indicator of the country coming out of a recession and most signs at Marketplace showed us going in the right direction. And if you thought the 2012 Marketplace was great, just wait to see what we have in store for you in 2013. The Marketplace Advisory Committee of ABA members and the ABA staff are hard at work putting together a Marketplace that will exceed expectations in Charlotte. Some of what they’ve come up with will be sure to bring you even more business and increase your return

in investment (ROI) for attending. We understand you come to Marketplace for business and that you make a commitment on what shows to attend through the year based on your ROI. Marketplace 2013 is going to be all about business, education, and training mixed with lively entertainment and networking opportunities. Even the government seems to be on the right track in 2012 where travel, tourism and transportation are concerned. The U.S. House and Senate are on track to pass comprehensive transportation legislation. Many of the provisions addressing motorcoach safety, encouraging private companies to get a bigger piece of public contracts and access to funding and facilities, as well as tough enforcement measures and enhancements are items ABA’s lobbying team was successful in adding to the legislation. But there is a lot more to do as Congress continues to finalize these transportation programs. President Obama's call for a National Strategy on Travel and Tourism and the creation of a Presidential Taskforce on Tourism Competitiveness is an important step in the right direction. The Taskforce joins Brand USA and will be putting together aggressive plans help growing tourism to the United States, and encourage Americans to travel domestically.

Sincerely,

PETER J. PANTUSO, CTIS President and CEO

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Contents
The Hits Keep Coming
Dynamic Duo
More Than Meets the Eye
Lincoln’s Study Hall
Listened Well
On Second Thought
Road Scholars
Chairman’s Corner
Get on Board
BISC Opportunities
Priceline’s Wrong Message
Raising the Titanic
Navigating a Crisis
An American Tale
Kentucky
Tennessee
Virginia
West Virginia
Alaska
California
Hawaii
Nevada
Oregon
Washington
Historical Attractions
Equipment & Services
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