UMA & ABA team up to strengthen industry voice on Capitol Hill
First joint Bus & Motorcoach Industry Fly In set for April 10-11
(Alexandria, VA) The nation’s motorcoach operators are effectively doubling down on their legislative efforts in 2018 with the United Motorcoach Association and the American Bus Association sponsoring their first-ever joint Bus & Motorcoach Industry Fly In lobbying event April 10-11 in the nation’s capital.
Traditionally each group takes to Capitol Hill at a different time, but a push by newly elected UMA Chairman of the Board Gladys Gillis for a joint event has given members of both groups the opportunity to work together with the hope of making greater strides toward shared priorities. “I’d like to see the UMA and ABA legislative agendas come together and have the associations speak with one unified voice,” Gillis, owner and CEO of Starline Luxury Coaches, said in an interview with Bus & Motorcoach News shortly after taking office.
“It’s exciting to be part of this new venture, bringing together the energy of both our associations,” said UMA President & CEO Stacy Tetschner. “There are so many areas where our legislative goals are aligned that it just makes sense.”
ABA’s President & CEO Peter Pantuso shared Tetschner’s enthusiasm, saying “The ABA leadership and ABA staff are excited about the idea of holding a joint fly in together this April. The motorcoach industry has always faced the same issues in Washington, regardless of which association members belong to, and being able to bring those issues to Capitol Hill in a cohesive manner will make this year’s event more effective for the membership of both organizations.”
The 2018 Bus & Motorcoach Industry Fly In sponsored by ABA and UMA is open to members of both organizations and will include a professional legislative briefing for all participants, a group dinner, a customized schedule of appointments with legislators, and a debriefing meeting at the end of the day. The event itself is free for all association members and attendees are responsible only for their lodging and transportation. To learn more about the event, go to the UMA website.
UMA urges to participants book their rooms by March 20 at https://www.uma.org/capitol-hill/.
Here is the schedule for the event:
- 7 a.m. – 8 a.m.: Breakfast and last minute questions and updates at the Homewood Suites
- 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Individual meetings with U.S. senators/representatives (arranged for you)
- 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.: Capitol Hill meeting debrief and reception
About the Bus & Motorcoach Industry Fly In
The Bus & Motorcoach Industry Fly In is sponsored by UMA and ABA.
About the United Motorcoach Association (UMA)
The United Motorcoach Association is the nation’s largest organization exclusively protecting and promoting the interests and welfare of privately owned bus and motorcoach companies. Members include motorcoach owners and industry suppliers. To learn more about UMA go to their website. For questions please contact UMA at 1-800-424-8262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the American Bus Association
The American Bus Association (ABA) is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry, with more than 1,000 motorcoach and tour company members in the United States and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services. Another 2,800 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry. For more information about ABA, contact Melanie Hinton, Director of Communications & Media Relations for ABA at (202) 218-7220 or email@example.com.