The American Bus Association (ABA) and Busworld Foundation are pleased to announce a partnership that will bring Busworld’s education programming – the Academy – to ABA’s 2020 Marketplace in Omaha, Neb., from Jan. 11-14. This is the first time Busworld Academy will be offered in the United States in conjunction with another association’s existing program.
“This is an amazing opportunity to bring the world-wide expertise of the Busworld, who look at the global perspective of transportation together with the U.S. motorcoach and passenger transportation industry to offer a unique and one-of-a-kind format to motorcoach operators, as well as transportation experts, urban planners, manufacturers and others all together for high-level discussions on the future of our industry,” said ABA Chairman of the Board Don DeVivo, of DATTCO, Inc., in New Britain, Conn. “No other event offers anything like this at this level.”
Busworld Academy is known around the world for putting on the best and most thought-provoking education programs in the bus and motorcoach industry. While normally paired with Busworld exhibitions, which take place in seven locations around the world, this partnership with ABA was one that the Busworld Foundation saw as an unsurpassed opportunity to bring together motorcoach operators, transportation planners, academics and all forms of bus transportation – transit, school, scheduled, etc. - to address the future of the bus and motorcoach industry.
“The mobility sector is worldwide one of the fastest evolving industries. Most of these evolutions are technology driven,” says Busworld Academy Director Jan Deman. “The implementation of these technologies in the daily operations of a bus or coach company can be extremely challenging. Hearing experts and exchanging ideas, experiences and perceptions in order to bring more accurate services, answering the demands of society, of clients and potential clients, … is the direct objective of the Busworld Academy. We are proud to launch our first edition in North America, together with ABA.”
The Busworld Academy is recognized for bringing together key industry influencers such as presidents of major bus and motorcoach operators and manufacturers from around the world, experts in bus and motorcoach technology, scientists and engineers working on the latest technologies, suppliers to the industry and others who shape the trends today and in the future.
Past Busworld Academy topics led by international business leaders and journalists included transportation terrorism attacks, industry market forecasts, future products and innovations, safety and maintenance technologies, main trends and developments of the public transport sector, affecting bus and ebus production and operation and more.
“ABA is pleased to partner with Busworld Foundation,” said ABA President & CEO Peter Pantuso. “Their focus on passenger transportation and their interest in growing the industry worldwide and bringing a worldwide expertise to the industry is both welcomed and valued.”
Busworld Academy's debut at ABA's Marketplace 2020 in Omaha, Neb. is another added highlight to the industry's most comprehensive business event of the year.
“As chairman of the 2020 Marketplace and a motorcoach operator I am excited to see this new addition," said Luke Busskohl of Arrow Stage Lines in Omaha. " The industry landscape is changing, and ABA is meeting the needs of motorcoach operators with these added value events at Marketplace. In addition to ABA's stellar educational offerings in motorcoach safety, maintenance and repair, innovation and regulatory updates, in 2020 the International Motorcoach Group will join ABA with its Maintenance and Safety program, as well as Busworld Academy - this will be THE education forum of the year!"
Looking to the future both ABA and Busworld Academy look to co-locate their education programming at ABA Marketplaces throughout the country.
"The addition of Busworld Academy to ABA's Marketplace will not only bring increased attention to the industry at large but start the process of the bus and motorcoach industry learning from each other and working together globally to not only maintain our relevance in the transportation market but continue growing as the safest form for transportation available to customers worldwide," said Pantuso.
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, visit www.buses.org
About Busworld Academy
Throughout their existence, Busworld and the Busworld Academy have been a focal point for people who want to find all kinds of information on the many aspects of the bus and coach industry. Using our worldwide network of exhibitors, operators, academics, journalists, engineers and other contacts, we have always been able to point people in the right direction. The Busworld Academy has three main objectives, mainly to acquire, bundle and share bus and coach related knowledge about all aspects of the industry, including technological developments to enhance sustainable mobility, legislation, markets and more specialised topics, such as coach tourism. These topics can be categorised in three main fields: Safety, Sustainability and Comfort. For more information, visit https://www.busworldacademy.org