ABA Creates African American Motorcoach Council, Seeks Additional Industry Leaders

ABA Creates African American Motorcoach Council, Seeks Additional Industry Leaders to Step Forward

The American Bus Association – the industry leader advancing North American motorcoach travel and tourism – announced the creation of the African American Motorcoach Council (AAMC), which joins the other networking and business Councils that are a part of ABA.

African American Motorcoach Council

The first official meeting of the AAMC will be held in January 2022.
Peter Pantuso, president & CEO of the ABA, said:

“ABA created the African American Motorcoach Council after identifying a need among our black-owned motorcoach operator members to have a concentrated, unified voice and lobby on behalf of their businesses. While the entire motorcoach industry has been devastated by the COVID pandemic, some sectors and businesses have been hit harder than others. We wanted to give these companies another opportunity to come together within the ABA member community like we have with the Women in Buses and Hispanic Motorcoach Councils and present a united front to help secure additional funding for other motorcoach operators and for the industry.”

 

The main priority of the AAMC, which is being led by Clarence Cox of Georgia Coach Lines in Fayetteville, Ga., will be to help ABA in lobbying for more federal government funding for the motorcoach industry, especially on behalf of small, family-owned, minority businesses.

Members of the AAMC are already up and running contacting members of the Congressional Black Caucus in support of the industry’s grassroots initiatives and educating them about the motorcoach industry. The first official meeting of the AAMC will be held virtually at a future date and in person at ABA’s Marketplace in Grapevine, Texas, Jan. 8-11, 2022.

Anyone interested in participating in the AAMC should reach out to ABA’s Membership Team at [email protected] or call 202-218-7234.

Visit buses.org/about/councils/aamc for more information and future updates on AAMC activities.

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.

This article was originally published by the American Bus Association.

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