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ON THE
ROAD | INSIDE SCOOP
An Amazing Year

A

s I look back on 2019, there isn't one thing
and play a leadership role to help the industry survive
that I would change.
and thrive. If you want to share your thoughts about what
ABA had an amazing year. We accomkeeps you up at night, please email me at ppantuso@buses.
plished a lot on behalf of our members and
org or call me at (202) 218-7229.
initiated new offerings that continue to bring value to
On the government affairs front, Congress is wrapping
ABA membership. We are laser-focused on representing
up for the year and the focus is either on inside-thethe nearly 4,000 members of the association to ensure
Beltway politics or the 2020 election. But various federal
that each of you receives the greatest return on your dues,
agencies are still coming up with regulations that impact
meeting registrations, time, and other investments in
members. These include excessive Commercial Use
the association.
Authorization (CUA) fees, per-person
I just returned from the fall ABA
charges, reporting and insurance
Each ABA board
Board of Directors meeting and the
requirements, and other stipulations
member is happy to that the National Park Service (NPS)
ABA Foundation's Board of Governors
meeting. Both boards are made up of
hear from other ABA is placing on groups, bus tours, and
some of the best and brightest in the
motorcoach and tour operators. While
members so that
industry, representing every segment
every member has a ABA works with industry association
of the motorcoach, tour, travel, and
partners on such issues continually, it
voice at the table.
supplier industry. Of course, each ABA
has hired an outside lobbyist to focus
board member is happy to hear from
on this issue since it impacts not only
other ABA members so that every member has a voice at
bus and tour companies, but also the gateway destinations
the table.
near the parks and destinations en route.
At the ABA Foundation, we are starting new research
As we wrap up 2019, our focus is on how we can conprojects, launching the 2020 scholarship program,
tinue to serve you at the highest level through 2020 and
and raising money. Look for our "Scholarship in a Box"
beyond. I look forward to seeing and hearing from you,
(actually an envelope) and share the information with colstarting with the ABA Marketplace in Omaha, Neb.,
leagues and employees. Any employee of an ABA member
Jan. 10-14, 2020.
company and their dependents who attends college during
the Fall 2020 term can apply for a scholarship. Last year,
the scholarship program had nearly 200 applicants, so
we know the word is getting out. To learn more about the
Sincerely,
scholarships we offer, visit www.buses.org/scholarships.
The entire ABA team worked hard in 2019 and continues to do so on your behalf. This summer, we held two
all-staff retreats, during which we discussed the future
direction of the motorcoach travel and tourism industry
PETER J. PANTUSO, CTIS
and the role ABA will serve in facilitating its opportunities.
President & CEO
We also discussed the issues that keep our members up
Follow Pete on Twitter at @PantusoPeter
at night, and how ABA can help relieve those pain points
ppantuso@buses.org

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Destinations Magazine – November/December 2019

13 Architectural Gems
Living Life to the Fullest
Going Green
Marketing 101
Custom Fit
How to Have a Successful Marketplace
ABA Foundation Live & Silent Auction
ABA Gives Back
2020 Marketplace Offers Top-Notch Education
The Drive to New Technology
Tour Stop: New Year’s Eve Destinations
City Guide
STARRY STARRY NIGHT
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
Receptive Operators
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Destinations Magazine – November/December 2019 - 13 Architectural Gems
Destinations Magazine – November/December 2019 - Living Life to the Fullest
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Destinations Magazine – November/December 2019 - Going Green
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Destinations Magazine – November/December 2019 - Marketing 101
Destinations Magazine – November/December 2019 - Custom Fit
Destinations Magazine – November/December 2019 - How to Have a Successful Marketplace
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Destinations Magazine – November/December 2019 - ABA Gives Back
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Destinations Magazine – November/December 2019 - 2020 Marketplace Offers Top-Notch Education
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Destinations Magazine – November/December 2019 - The Drive to New Technology
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Destinations Magazine – November/December 2019 - Tour Stop: New Year’s Eve Destinations
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